Education and Career
BA History, Cleveland State University
MA, Southeast Asian History, Cornell University
Ph.D. Southeast Asia History, Cornell University
Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Woodrow Wilson Fellow
Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities
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Singapore: Wealth, Power and the Culture of Control, Routledge, London & New York, 2006.
Opium, Empire and the Global Political Economy: A History of the Asian Opium Trade, 1750 1950, Routledge Ltd., London & New York, 1999.
Editor, Gangsters, Democracy and the State, Cornell Southeast Asia Program, Ithaca, New York, 1998.
Opium and Empire: Chinese Society in Colonial Singapore, 1800-1910, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1990.
Prince of Pirates: The Temenggongs and the Development of Johor and Singapore, 1784-1885, University of Singapore Press, Singapore, 1979.
Articles & Book Chapters
“Chinese Revenue Farms and Borders in Southeast Asia”, Modern Asian Studies, forthcoming. 2007.
“Knowledge Management in the World of 18th Century Chinese Business”, Journal of Asian Business, Vol. 22, August, 2006, pp. 1-16
“A Drug on the Market: Opium and the Chinese in Southeast Asia” Journal of the Chinese Overseas, Vol. 1, No. 2, Nov. 2005, pp1-17.
“The Internationalization of Chinese Revenue Farming Networks”, Water Frontiers: Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880, Editors, Nola Cooke & Li Tana, Rowman & Littlefield & NUS Press, Lanham, Md. & Singapore, 2004, pp. 159-174.
“Opium and the Beginnings of Chinese Capitalism”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 33, Number 2, June, 2002, pp. 297-314.
“Race and Politics in Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew’s Dilemma”, Review Article, Asian Ethnicity, Volume 3, Number 1, March 2002, pp. 103-108.
“Development of Labour Organisation in Singapore, 1800-1960”, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 47, Number 1, 2001, pp. 113-126.
“Drugs, Taxes and Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia”, In Opium Regimes: China, Britain and Japan, 1839-1952, Timothy Brook and Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, Editors, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2000.
“The Patna, Ship of Dreams”, Conference Proceedings, the International Conference on ‘British Tradition and its Subversion/Appropriation’, 24-26 September 1998, Lodz, Poland. 1999.
“Joseph Conrad and Britain’s Dream of Empire” Conrad Concepts, E-Journal of the Joseph Conrad Foundation, 1999. (http://members.tripod.com/~JTKNK/patna.htm)
"Chinese Pioneering in Southeast Asia", in The Last Stand of Autonomous States, 1750-1870, Responses to Modernity in the diverse Worlds of Southeast Asia and Korea, Edited by Anthony Reid, Macmillan, New York, 1997.
‘Boundaries and Transgressions: Chinese Enterprise in 18th and 19th Century Southeast Asia’ in Modern Chinese Transnationalism: Culture, Capitalism and Identity in the Asia-Pacific, Editors, Aihwa Ong and Donald Nonini, Routledge, New York, 1997.
“The Rise and Fall of the Ngee Heng Kongsi in Singapore”, in “Secret Societies” Reconsidered, Perspectives on the Social History of Modern South China and Southeast Asia, Editors, David Ownby & Mary Somers Heidhues, M.E. Sharpe, Studies in Modern China, Armonk, N.J., 1993, pp. 89-119.
“The Collapse of Singapore’s Great Syndicate”, in The Rise and Fall of Revenue Farming: Business Elites and the Emergence of the Modern State in Southeast Asia, Edited by John Butcher and Howard Dick, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1993, pp 166-181.
“Political Structures in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries”, in The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, Edited by Nicholas Tarling, Vol. 2. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992, pp. 79-130.
"The Rise of Singapore's Great Opium Syndicate", Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 58-80. (Mar. 1987).
Contributor of ten articles to the Encyclopedia of Asian History, including "Johor", "Singapore", and "Opium".
"Power and Paradigms: Review Essay on Thailand", Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol. 13, No. 2, 1981, pp. 64-73.
"Islam, Threat to ASEAN Regional Unity?", Current History, April, 1980, pp. 149-153.
"Boonsanong Punyodyana: Thai Socialist and Scholar, 1936-1976", Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Vol. 9, No. 3, July-September, 1977, pp. 48-50.
"The Origins of the Kangchu System, 1844-1862", Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 49, No. 2, 1976, pp. 132-155.
"The Johor Archives and the Kangchu System, 1844-1910", Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 48, No. 2, 1975, pp. 1-46.
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