Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Goh Geok Yian
Associate Chair (Faculty)
Associate Professor, School of Humanities
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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.

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