Prof. Aihwa Ong is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Pheng Cheah who has completed his five-year term. Prof. Ong will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2020, when she will be succeeded by Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management).
Aihwa Ong is Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Her research interests cover a number of areas, including the role of science and technology in society, issues of neoliberalism and modernity, and the anthropology of citizenship. Her books include Fungible Life: Uncertainty in the Asian City of Life (Duke University Press, 2016), Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2006), Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America (UC Press, 2003), Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality (Duke University Press, 1999), and Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia (SUNY Press, 1987). She is co-editor, with Ananya Roy, of Worlding Cities, or the Art of Being Global (Routledge, 2011); co-editor, with Nancy Chen, of Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate (Duke University Press, 2010); co-editor, with Li Zhang, of Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar (Cornell University Press, 2008); and co-editor, with Michael Peletz, of Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia (UC Press, 1995). She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is originally from Malaysia.