Header photo: Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in India, February 26, 2019
According to Anthony Giddens, a fundamental feature of modernity is seeking a “narrative of self.” The question “Who am I?” will always remain open. My partial reply is “social scientist.”
I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the National University of Singapore. My research interests lie at the intersection of political economy and social theory, focusing broadly on the relationship between market and social stability. This includes the impact of globalization on nation-states, neoliberalism as a hegemonic discourse, populist nationalism, and party politics.
I believe in engaged scholarship. Analytic research ought to be combined with community service and social justice broadly defined.
My interests outside academia are martial arts, travels, cycling, guitar music, and blogging (not necessarily from a social science perspective).
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned. – Antonio Gramsci
The control of the economic system by the market … means no less than the running of society as an adjunct to the market. – Karl Polanyi
Structures of oppression are ontologically real but politically false; enemies are ontologically false but politically real. – Stefan Dolgert