Speaker 2014 Annual Meeting


Tan Tai Yong
Director, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)
National University of Singapore

Prof. Tan Tai Yong is Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS). He has been an integral part of ISAS since its inception. He was Acting Director of the Institute from July 2004 to July 2006, and April 2007 to May 2008. He was appointed as director of ISAS on 1 June 2008. Prof. Tan, a historian, is concurrently Vice Provost (Student Life) at the National University of Singapore. Prior to this, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore from 2004 to 2009. Prof. Tan has written extensively on South Asian history as well as on Southeast Asia and Singapore. His recent books include Singapore – A 700 Year History (2009), Creating ‘Greater Malaysia’: Decolonisation and the Politics of Merger (2008); Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia: A Reader (co-edited, 2007); The Garrison State (2005), The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia (co-authored, 2000) and The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on De-colonisation (co-edited, 2003).