NUS historian Asst Prof Jack Chia elected as Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Assistant Professor Jack Chia from the Department of History at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS), in recognition of his contribution to historical scholarship. The RHS Fellowship is awarded to those who have made an original contribution to historical scholarship, typically through the authorship of a book, a body of scholarly work similar in scale and impact to a book, the organisation of exhibitions and conferences, the editing of journals, and other works of diffusion and dissemination grounded in historical research
Assistant Professor Chia is a historian of religion whose research has focused on Buddhism and Chinese popular religion. He specializes in Buddhism in maritime Southeast Asia and has broader research interests in migration, diasporas, transnationalism, pilgrimage, and religious diplomacy. He is the author of Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity Across the South China Sea (Oxford, 2020), which was awarded the 2021 EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize. He is also a recipient of the 2020 Social Science and Humanities Research Fellowship awarded by the Social Science Research Council Singapore.