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WQ at WilsonDr. Wen-Qing Ngoei is Assistant Professor of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences at the Singapore Management University.

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 SMU, he completed postdoctoral stints at Northwestern and Yale University, and was Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University from 2016 through 2019.

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 appeared 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. He has co-authored (with Anne Foster) the introduction to a forthcoming Diplomatic History Roundtable forum on the history of US-Southeast Asian relations which also carries his essay on U.S. policy and the Chinese diaspora of Southeast Asia. The third volume of the Cambridge History of the Vietnam War (forthcoming 2021) will feature 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.

Contact Details:

Office Phone: (65) 6826-1380
Email: wqngoei@smu.edu.sg