Academic Profile

Hsuan is an Associate Professor and the Provost’s Chair in Public Policy and Global Affairs at NTU Singapore, where she joined as a Nanyang Assistant Professor in 2013. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki (2019-), and an Associate Fellow at EU Centre Singapore (2013-). Together with Kim Moloney and Michael Bauer, she is the series co-editor of Transnational Administration and Global Policy, Bristol University Press (2019-).

She was previously a postdoctoral researcher at ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (2008-2012), the Academic Coordinator of UACES collaborative research network on the European Research Area (2013-2016), a Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Knowledge Politics and Policies (2016-2019), a writing fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS), South Africa (February-May 2018), a Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University (2018-2019), and a Japan Foundation Fellow at Waseda University (2019-2020). Hsuan has held visiting positions at The University of Sydney, Université de Lille, Stanford University, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Her research focuses on the transformation of the state through inter-state and inter-regional policy cooperation in areas of contemporary salience such as migration, academic mobility, and higher education. Hsuan has researched the emergence and evolution of higher education regionalisms in Asia and Europe, how governments in Asia and Europe compete for talent in a globalised world, academic mobility to and from Singapore, and the ways in which scholarly networks are organised across time.

At NTU, she has designed and taught the following courses: Fundamentals of Politics (HA1012), Making Sense of Politics (HA2001), Comparative Public Policy (HA2013), Borderless Migration? (HA3018), European Union (HA4014), Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy (HA4028), and Food Politics and Policies (HA4035).

Hsuan studied political science at Berkeley (BA), European public administration at Leiden (MA), European politics and society at Oxford (MPhil), and politics and international studies at Cambridge (PhD).

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Assoc Prof Chou Meng-Hsuan
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Head, Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Social Sciences (SSS)

Global policy and transnational administration
Regionalism and regional integration (European Union, ASEAN)
Research and higher education policy (knowledge policies)
Migration and asylum policy
Institutional and organisational theory
  • Provost's Chair in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Chou Meng-Hsuan)
  • Chou, Meng-Hsuan (2021) ‘The Politics of Academic Knowledge and Time in Worlds of Higher Education’, International Politics Review,

  • Chou, Meng-Hsuan (2020) ‘Sticky and slippery destinations for academic mobility: the case of Singapore’, Higher Education,

  • Ortiga, Yasmin Y., Chou, Meng-Hsuan and Jue Wang (2020) ‘Competing for Academic Labor: Research and Recruitment Outside the Academic Center’, Minerva 58: 607-624.

  • Cerna, Lucie and Meng-Hsuan Chou (2019) ‘Defining “Talent”: Insights from Management and Migration Literatures for Policy Design’, Policy Studies Journal 47(3): 819-848.

  • Wang, Jue, Hooi, Rosalie, Li, Andrew, and Meng-Hsuan Chou (2019) ‘Collaboration patterns of mobile academics: the impact of international mobility’, Science and Public Policy 46(3): 450-462.

  • Chou, Meng-Hsuan and Pauline Ravinet (2019) ‘Designing Global Public Policies in the 21st Century’ in The Oxford Handbook on Global Policy and Transnational Administration (Diane Stone and Kim Moloney, Eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 437-452.