Leander Seah

Leander Seah

Associate Professor of History

Leander Seah holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and teaches courses on East Asia, Southeast Asia, and modern world history at Stetson. He has also served as the founding director of Stetson's Asian Studies Program.

  • Ph.D., history, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., history, National University of Singapore
  • B.A., history, National University of Singapore

Contact

Course Sampling

  • Asian History in the Cinema
  • Modern World Civilizations
  • The History of Modern China
  • The History of Modern Japan
  • Introduction to East Asian Studies
  • Maritime China and Chinese Migration
  • War and Diplomacy in Modern East Asia
  • Global Migration and Diasporas
  • World War II in Asia: The Second Sino-Japanese War

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern China
  • China and Southeast Asia
  • East Asian Relations
  • Migration and Diasporas
  • Modern Japan
  • Trans-Regional, Transnational, World, and Global Histories

Biography

Leander Seah holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and teaches courses on East Asia, Southeast Asia, and modern world history at Stetson. He has also served as the founding director of Stetson's Asian Studies Program. In terms of research, as an ethnic Chinese citizen of Singapore who lives in the United States, he is particularly interested in migration and diasporas, China-Southeast Asia connections, modern China, East Asian relations, modern Japan, US-China relations, and transnational and world history. He has published journal articles, has presented his work at conferences in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, and is currently revising a book manuscript, Conceptualizing Chinese Identity: China, the Nanyang, and Trans-Regionalism. He has also begun work on another book, a transnational study of the Burma Theater during World War II with emphasis on China, the United States, and Southeast Asia. His accolades include over twenty fellowships, research grants and awards from the Association for Asian Studies, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Center for Chinese Studies in Taiwan, the National Library Board of Singapore, the National University of Singapore, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stetson University.

Research

  • Modern China
  • China and Southeast Asia
  • East Asian Relations
  • Migration and Diasporas
  • Modern Japan
  • Trans-Regional, Transnational, World, and Global Histories

Publications

  • Conceptualizing Chinese Identity: China, the Nanyang, and Trans-Regionalism (book manuscript under revision).
  • "Chinese Identities between Localization and Globalization: The South Seas Society, Chinese Intellectuals in Singapore, and Southeast Asian Studies, 1958-1971." The China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China 17, no. 3 (October 2017): 87-110.
  • "Between East Asia and Southeast Asia: Nanyang Studies, Chinese Migration, and National Jinan University, 1927-1940." Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives11, no. 1 (2017): 30-56.
  • "Looking Back Towards East Asia: The Re-Sinicization of the South Seas Society in Singapore, 1971-2000." American Journal of Chinese Studies 20, no. 2 (October 2013): 137-151.
  • "Conceptualizing the Chinese World: Jinan University, Lee Kong Chian, and the Nanyang Connection, 1900-1942." BiblioAsia 4, no. 1 (April 2008): 26-37.
  • "Hybridity, Globalization, and the Creation of a Nanyang Identity: The South Seas Society in Singapore, 1940-1958." Journal of the South Seas Society (Nanyang xuebao) 61 (December 2007): 134-151.
  • Review (invited) of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America, by Yong Chen. Journal of Chinese Overseas 11, no. 2 (2015): 231-234.
  • Review (invited) of Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions, edited by Rhacel S. Parreñas and Lok C. D. Siu. Journal of Chinese Overseas 6, no. 1 (2010): 139-141.
  • Review of Chinese Among Others: Emigration in Modern Times, by Philip A. Kuhn. Chinese Studies (Hanxue yanjiu) 27, no. 1 (March 2009): 345-349.