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Our Students (MA)

MA Candidates / PhD Candidates​​
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Grace Teo Jie Ying
Email: GRAC0019@e.ntu.edu.sg​
Curriculum Vitae

Thesis: Out of Sync: Saving Daylight in Colonial Singapore, 1920s - 1930s

Grace Teo Jie Ying’s current research interests stem from my curiosity of the modes of time-reckoning in the past and their continuities into the present. I am particularly keen on historicizing the reception and appropriation of Greenwich Mean Time (and zone time) in colonial Southeast Asia following the 1884 International Meridian Conference, in doing so building a clearer historical understanding of time standardization in Asia. The focus of my ongoing research visualizes the power (a)symmetries in early twentieth-century colonial Singapore within the modernizing project of time standardization, examining how ideologies (and ideals) of “western” metropolitan time were constructed against and beside “alternative” temporalities of a non-western Other. When I’m not catching up on sleep or contemplating the temporal, I look forward to deliberately slowed down moments with a cup of coffee – purchased for enjoyment rather than for caffeinated alertness.


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Muhammad Hydar Bin Saharudin
Email: MU0007IN@e.ntu.edu.sg​
Curriculum Vitae

Thesis: State Surveillance and the “Malay Problem” in Independent Singapore, 1979-2001​

Muhammad Hydar Bin Saharudin is a MA Candidate in Global and Interdisciplinary History at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University. He is interested in topics of race, surveillance, identity politics, political dissent, and governance.

Hydar holds a BA in History (First Class Honours) from Nanyang Technological University. His undergraduate thesis focused on the development of internet and CCTV surveillance in Singapore. 


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Jeremy Goh
Email: JEREMY003@e.ntu.edu.sg
Curriculum Vitae​

Thesis: Colonialism, Industrialization and Modernity: The Oil Industry in Singapore and Malaya (1890–1960)

Jeremy Goh is a graduate student under the School of Humanities’ Master of Arts in Global and Interdisciplinary History programme. He completed his undergraduate studies in history as a participant in NTU’s University Scholars Programme. Jeremy received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal for being the first in general proficiency within his graduating cohort. He was also a recipient of the Nanyang Scholarship, was placed on the Dean’s List for three academic years, and completed the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) and Final Year Project-URECA projects as an NTU President Research Scholar. Jeremy’s research focuses on the development of business structures, strategies and networks, as well as their relations with the themes of industrialization and modernity in colonial Southeast Asia.


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Josiah Ho Chit Ian
Email: JOSIAHCH001@e.ntu.edu.sg
Curriculum Vitae

Thesis: A Cultural History of Advertising in China from 1912-1942

Josiah Ho Chit Ian completed his undergraduate degree in Nanyang Technological University, majoring in History in 2018. During his time there, he was particularly fascinated with Singaporean food culture, completing his Bachelor thesis on the development of hawker culture in Singapore. 

Naturally, his research interests primarily revolve around cultural history and the ways in which we can understand how culture is affected by modernity and modernization. By approaching history through different cultural lenses such as food or the arts, he hopes that historical narratives can give a bigger voice to the people. His current research revolves around locating ideas of Chinese modernity in the Republic-era of China through the study of advertising in China.

Outside of research, his hobbies include travelling, and the hunting of new craft beers, particularly enjoying the tastes of meads and IPAs.


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Lim Zhi Qing Denise
Email: LI0002SE@e.ntu.edu.sg
Curriculum Vitae​

Thesis: Gender and Power Relations in the Colony: European Women in Inter-war Singapore

Lim Zhi Qing Denise is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Global and Interdisciplinary History at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Her thesis project examines the experiences of European women in colonial Singapore during the inter-war period. Denise aims to examine power relations and social hierarchy in colonial Singapore by looking at discourses on the intersections of race, class, gender and power in colonial societies.

Denise has previously received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History from NTU in 2017 and was NTU President Research Scholar in 2016. Her undergraduate research includes the contextualisation of gendered representations of the Partition of India in women’s writings, and hegemonic masculinity in the convict labour system in Singapore between 1825 and 1873.

Denise is a keen learner of languages — she is currently learning Russian and French. She is also an avid ballet dancer who enjoys travelling abroad to attend ballet classes and watch ballet performances.


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Lim Jia Yi Rebekah
Email: JIAYIREB001@e.ntu.edu.sg
Curriculum Vitae​

Thesis: Locating the "middle class" in Singapore: Conservatism, Language, and Society

Rebekah Lim is undertaking a Master of Arts in History at Nanyang Technological University, having recently graduated from the undergraduate programme. Her research interests include class, culture, and society in and beyond Singapore — specifically identifying and locating ideas of the “middle class.” In particular she hopes to explore interdisciplinary interaction between historical research and language, religious, and culture studies. 

In 2017, Rebekah was awarded Regional Winner (Asia) in the History category of the Undergraduate Awards for a paper on sex tourism and the U.S military in East Asia. She also attended the Undergraduate Awards Summit held in Dublin that year. Rebekah has a background in Media and Communications, and has written for several local publications. In her spare time, she makes coffee, knits socks, watches crime dramas and tries to learn Teochew. 


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