Academic Profile

Associate Professor Goh Geok Yian joined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at NTU in January 2008. She received her Bachelor degree with Honours in Southeast Asian Studies from NUS, and her Master and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of History, University of Hawai`i in Manoa. Her research interests include archaeology and early history of Southeast Asia, with particular focus on Burma, Indonesia, and Singapore; premodern communication, cultural and trade networks, and study of early urbanization. She is presently Associate Professor of History at the School of Humanities. She teaches undergraduate courses on premodern Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Singapore, and world history. Her postgraduate courses include courses on doing research in Southeast Asia and theories in urbanization and state formation. She obtained her PhD in History and her MA in History from the University of Hawai`i, Manoa in 2007 and 2002 respectively. Her BA (Hons) was in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.

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Assoc Prof Goh Geok Yian
Associate Professor, School of Humanities

Associate Professor Goh Geok Yian's areas of expertise are: early history of Burma and Southeast Asia, premodern communication, cultural, religious and trade networks, and study of early urbanization. She currently leads a multi-year project in Bagan, Myanmar and Singapore focusing on ceramics analysis and urbanization. Her current research in Singapore deals with the analysis of materials excavated from two sites: St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Fort Canning Spice Gardens. She is also completing an English translation of a 20th-century Burmese novel by a well-known author, Ma Sandar. Geok has also plans to further her research in the study of Buddhist architecture and mural paintings of Bagan, continuing work on a project which she began in 2008.

  • Post-Excavation Research, Analysis, Development and Maintenance of a Digital Repository for Excavation Reports and Findings, and Storage of Artefacts

  • When Pots Whisper: Accounts Of The Places, The Purchasers, And The Producers Of Ceramics In Medieval Myanmar And Singapore
  • Miksic, John and Goh Geok Yian. 2021. “Archaeological approaches and possibilities in humanities/social science education in Singapore,” In Teddy Sim and Sim Hwee Hwang (eds.) Fieldwork in humanities education in Singapore. Singapore: Springer.

  • Goh Geok Yian. 2020. “Commercial Networks and Economic Structures of Theravada Buddhist Southeast Asia (Thailand and Myanmar),” In Scott C. Levi (ed.) Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian Commercial History. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Goh Geok Yian and John Miksic. 2020. Southeast Asian Archaeological Site Reports: The Colombo Court Site Report. Singapore: NUS Press (Epress). DOI: 

  • Goh Geok Yian and John Miksic. 2019. Southeast Asian Archaeological Site Reports: Myanmar-Singapore Archaeology Training Project (MSATP) (online). Bilingual in Burmese and English. Singapore: NUS Press (Epress). 

  • Mahirta Sasongko, Goh Geok Yian, Widya Nayati, and John N. Miksic. 2019. Southeast Asian Archaeological Site Reports: Dieng Temple Complex Excavation Report (online). Singapore: NUS Press (Epress). 

  • Miksic, John N. and Goh Geok Yian. 2017. Ancient Southeast Asia. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-4157-3554-4

  • Goh Geok Yian. 2017. “The History and Practice of Archaeology in Myanmar”, in Junko Habu, John Olsen, and Peter Lape (eds.) Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-1-4939-6521-2

  • Goh Geok Yian. 2017. “Positioning Bagan in a Buddhist Ecumene: Myanmar’s Trans-polity Connections”, in Goh Geok Yian, John N. Miksic, and Michael Aung-Thwin (eds.) Bagan and the World: Early Myanmar and Its Global Connections. Singapore: ISEAS. ISBN: 978-981-4786-65-2