Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Poon Mui Cheng, Angelia
Associate Professor, National Institute of Education - English Language & Literature
Angelia Poon is Associate Professor of Literature at the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests include postcolonial theory and contemporary Anglophone literature with a focus on issues pertaining to globalization, and gender, class, and racial subjectivities. She received her BA (Hons) degree from Cambridge University, and her Joint MA in English and Women Studies as well as her PhD in English from Brandeis University.

She is the co-editor of the book, Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts, published by Routledge in 2017. She is one of the editors of Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature in English (NUS Press, 2009). Recent publications include book chapters in Translational Politics in Southeast Asian Literatures: Contesting Race, Gender and Sexuality edited by Grace Chin (Routledge, 2021), The Oxford History of the Novel in English. Vol.10: The Novel in South and Southeast Asia since 1945 edited by Alex Tickell (Oxford UP, 2019), and The State and the Arts in Singapore: Policies and Institutions edited by Terence Chong (World Scientific, 2019). Other books include a monograph, Enacting Englishness in the Victorian Period: Colonialism and the Politics of Performance (Ashgate) published in 2008, and the co-edited volume, Sexuality and Contemporary Literature (Cambria Press) published in 2012. Her articles on Singapore literature and contemporary fiction have appeared as book chapters and in journals like Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Interventions, Postcolonial Studies, ARIEL, Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Inquiry, Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Asian Studies Review. Angelia believes in supporting the teaching of Literature in schools and has co-edited several books for use in Literature classrooms. These include Island Voices: A Collection of Short Stories from Singapore (Learners Publishing, 2007), Little Things (Ethos, 2013) and Poetry Moves (Ethos, 2020). She is a co-author of Teaching Poetry to Adolescents: a Teacher's Guide to Little Things (Ethos, 2013). She has spoken internationally and within Singapore on Singapore and SEAsian literatures in English and on literature education.

Angelia currently teachers BA and postgraduate courses on postcolonial literature, Singapore literature, SEAsian literature in English and Research Methods at NIE. She also supervises students' research projects (AE and URECA) and practicum.She welcomes applications for graduate research on all areas of Singapore and Southeast Asian Literatures in English, postcolonial studies and Anglophone literatures especially as they relate to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.
Angelia's research expertise lies in the following areas: Postcolonial literature and theory, Singapore literature and culture, and contemporary Southeast Asian literatures with a focus on globalization, transnationalism, and gender, class and racial subjectivities.
  • Reading by Design Podcast Project
• 2020 Excellence in Teaching Commendation National Institute of Education
• 2020 Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award (Honoured faculty) National Institute of Education
• 2014 Excellence in Teaching Commendation National Institute of Education
• 2010 Excellence in Teaching Commendation National Institute of Education