Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Ngoei Wen-Qing

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Ngoei Wen-Qing

Dr Ngoei Wen-Qing's research delves into topics such as American empire, the global Cold War, decolonization in Asia, as well as race and diaspora. His first book, "Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia" (Cornell University Press, May 2019) examines how British decolonization in Malaya and Singapore intertwined with Southeast Asian anticommunist nationalism to shape US policy within and beyond Southeast Asia.
Ngoei's essays have been published in Diplomatic History and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (JAER). His article in JAER on the origins of the domino theory won the Frank Gibney Prize. Ngoei's research received support from the Rajawali Foundation, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, the Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy Program (Yale University), and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).

At NTU, Ngoei teaches courses on US-Southeast Asian relations, US-Middle East relations, the Vietnam War, a survey course on U.S. foreign relations, as well as core courses such as "What is History?" and "Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State."

Dr. Ngoei Wen-Qing graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University, specializing in twentieth century U.S. foreign relations history. He holds an MA in History from Northwestern University and a BA (Honours) from the National University of Singapore. Ngoei joined NTU after postdoctoral stints at the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies (Northwestern University) and International Security Studies in Yale University.

For more information, visit Ngoei's webpage:
Research Interests
U.S. empire and foreign relations history
Global Cold War history
Decolonization in Southeast Asia
Race and Diaspora
Comparative colonialism and nationalism
Current Projects
  • The History of U.S. Foreign Relations with East and Southeast Asia from the 1940s to the Present
Selected Publications
  • Ngoei, Wen-Qing. (2019). Teaching to Render the Unseen American Empire Visible. Annual Conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
  • Ngoei, Wen-Qing. (2019). There and Back Again: What the Cold War for Southeast Asia can teach us about Sino-US competition in the region today. International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis, 74(2), forthcoming.
  • Ngoei, Wen-Qing. (2019). Arc of Containment: Britain, The United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia. Cornell University Press.
  • Ngoei, Wen-Qing. (2019, March). Arc of Containment: Britain, The United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia. Paper presented at Book Panel of Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Center for International History at Columbia University, Columbia University (USA).
  • Ngoei, Wen-Qing. (2019, March). Empire of Dominoes: Britain, Southeast Asian Anticommunism and US Hegemony. Paper presented at Clements Center for National Security Talks/ Horns of a Dilemma, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas at Austin (USA).

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