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Dr. Wen-Qing Ngoei is Assistant Professor of History in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He graduated with a PhD in History from Northwestern University, specializing in U.S. foreign relations with Southeast Asia in the twentieth century. Before joining NTU, he completed postdoctoral stints at Northwestern and Yale University.

His first book, Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2019) traces how British decolonization in Malaya and Singapore intertwined with Southeast Asian anti-communist nationalism to shape US policy within and beyond the region.

His essays have in journals like Diplomatic History, the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (JAER) and International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis. His JAER essay on the origins of the domino theory won the 2014 Frank W. Gibney Prize. The third volume of the Cambridge History of the Vietnam War (forthcoming 2020) will carry his chapter on the Vietnam War and the regional context.

Wen-Qing has also published commentaries on US policy toward Asia in the Trump administration, the origins of US hegemony in East and Southeast Asia, US fixations with British counterinsurgency in Malaya, reflections on Brexit and British imperial retreat, the domino theory, the legacy of American policy toward Vietnam and Southeast Asia and the Cold War policies of Southeast Asian nations.

Perspectives, the magazine of the American Historical Association, interviewed him in August 2017 for its regular Member Spotlight segment.

His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, the Rajawali EDGS (Equality Development and Globalization Studies) program, and the Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy Program in International Security Studies at Yale University.

At NTU, Wen-Qing teaches courses on the history of U.S. foreign relations, seminars on American involvement in the Indochina conflict, U.S. relations with the Middle East, American intervention in colonial and postcolonial Southeast Asia, as well as modules on the history of Singapore. Before that, he served as lecturer and seminar instructor for the Department of History at Northwestern University.

Office Address:

School of Humanities
Nanyang Technological University

48 Nanyang Drive, HSS-05-20
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore  639818

Office Phone: (65) 65922633
Email: wqngoei@ntu.edu.sg