Sociologist, Researcher, Editor


Past and current research interests and projects


Key publications: books, journal articles and chapters


Research, analysis and editorial work, from Singapore and Switzerland to New Zealand


Qualifications and areas of study


I am a sociologist and researcher, the Editor-in-Chief of Sociology Compass, and the Managing Editor of Current Sociology. I have a PhD from the National University of Singapore, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I specialize in issues of mixed race/mixed ethnic identity, narratives of belonging, multiculturalism, diversity and social conflict in Asia and the Pacific, and particularly New Zealand and Singapore.

I have worked as a researcher in academic institutions and international organizations, including at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Economic Forum. I regularly work with the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, and with academic colleagues around the world. I have published over 30 journal articles, chapters and books on issues of identity, belonging, and race and ethnicity, with a focus on mixed identities and applications of sociology.

My monograph “Mixed Race” Identities in Asia and the Pacific: Experiences from Singapore and New Zealand was published in 2016. I recently co-edited two volumes on mixed race: Mixed Race in Asia: Past, Present and Future (2017, with Farida Fozdar) and Mana Tangatarua: Mixed heritages, ethnic identity and biculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand (2018, with Melinda Webber). In 2020, Peter J. Aspinall and I published The Palgrave International Handbook on Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification, bringing together global case studies on mixedness.

Recent Publications

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The Palgrave International Handbook

of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification

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Mana Tangatarua

Mixed Heritages, Ethnic Identity and Biculturalism

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Mixed Race in Asia

Past, Present and Future

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"Mixed Race" in Asia and the Pacific

Experiences from Singapore and New Zealand

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Re-viewing Race and Mixedness

Mixed Race in Asia and the Pacific

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Hierarchies of mixedness

Hybridity, mixed-race racisms and belonging

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