The REM faculty study a wide range of topics that wholly or partially touch on issues of race, ethnicity, migration and mobility.
Anju Mary Paul is an Associate Professor of Sociology & Public Policy and a scholar of international migration, with a geographical focus on migrations to, from, and within Asia. Through her research on emergent migration patterns among both low- and high-skilled migrants, she tries to extend migration theory. She is also very curious about how race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, and social class intersect at the moment of migration and throughout the entire migration process.
Robin Zheng is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy who works in ethics, moral psychology, feminist and social philosophy, with special focus on issues of race and gender. She has written on topics such as implicit bias, racial fetish, race and pornography, and race and moral psychology.
Nienke Boer is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Yale-NUS College. Her work focuses on the narratives–legal, autobiographical, and fictional–emerging out of transoceanic migrations between South Asia and South Africa, focusing on three groups: slaves, indentured laborers, and war prisoners.
Yi’En Cheng is a scholar on global/transnational education and youth in Asian cities. His current research is interested in the role that (higher) education play in producing forms of ‘mobile’ and ‘ethical’ citizenships among young people, including those inflected by class, gender, and ethnic regimes. At present, he teaches courses on youth urbanisms and social life of the city with thematic components on ethnicity and mobilities. He also has cognate teaching interest in education and society.
Yibei Liu is an Assistant Professor of Economics and studies lob and labor market dynamics in the context of global production network involving transnational migration.
Eun Jin Shin is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and is interested in examining how residence in ethnic neighborhoods influences people’s travel behavior and their access to opportunities, including jobs and non-work destinations. In her course titled “Intro to Urban Studies,” she teaches topics related to racial segregation and migration in urban areas.
Nancy Gleason is Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning, where she is responsible for providing faculty development in teaching and student support in learning. She is a Senior Lecturer of Global Affairs in the Social Sciences Division as well. Her research focuses on pathways of globalization, higher education, and the fourth industrial revolution. The networks and pathways of globalization and higher education are subjects that interest her and inform her teaching and research.
Gretchen Head is a scholar of Arabic literature whose work interrogates issues of identity in a number of ways. This manifests differently depending on the period, but she is particularly interested in looking at the evolution of literary constructions of identity over long stretches of time. In the 16th century, for example, she examines the effects of the trans-Saharan slave trade on rhetorical conceptions of self and belonging in Arabic literature composed in both North and West Africa. She then reads this against the contemporary migration crisis and the struggle to integrate sub-Saharan migrants into North African society. It is this type of contrapuntal reading between past and present that defines her approach to the issues of race, ethnicity, and migration.