Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Teo You Yenn
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Provost’s Chair in Sociology
Head, Sociology, School of Social Sciences (SSS)
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TEO You Yenn received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
She is Associate Professor, Provost’s Chair in Sociology, and Head of Sociology, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Her research focuses on poverty and inequality, governance and state-society dynamics, gender, and class. Her work has been published in journals such as Economy and Society, Signs, Social Politics, and Development and Change. She is the author of Neoliberal Morality in Singapore: How family policies make state and society (Routledge, 2011) and This is What Inequality Looks Like (Ethos Books, 2018).

Apart from academic writings, she has over the last decade contributed regularly to public debate through public lectures and media commentaries. Her writings have been published in The Straits Times, Today, Channel NewsAsia, Lianhe Zaobao, and New Naratif.

She is recipient of NTU’s Nanyang Education Award (2013), and the American Sociological Association Sex and Gender Section’s Feminist Scholar Activist Award (2016). For her contributions to igniting a national conversation on poverty and inequality with the book This is What Inequality Looks Like, which sold 25,000 copies in 16 months, she was named a Finalist in the 2018 Straits Times Singaporean of the Year Award.

More information about her work at:
Public policy and governance; state and the familial; welfare and citizenship; state-society relations and culture; gender and class inequalities; poverty; Singapore.
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