Ernest Koh


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Ernest Koh is a historian of Southeast Asia and joined the University of Canberra's Global Studies program in 2020. Originally from Singapore, he received his PhD in Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia in 2008. Ernest's work revolves around the study of competing nationalisms within post-colonial states, and how these competitions shape the nature of nation-building projects in the region. He is the author of Diaspora at War (Brill) and Singapore Stories (Cambria Press), and is currently a historical consultant to Mediacorp/CNA in Singapore, helping to produce a documentary on the Second World War in Singapore ahead of the country’s commemorations around the 75th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

Ernest has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Washington and Beijing University, and is the sole or joint receipient of several awards and accolades for his contributions to student learning. These include the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards, the IIE’s Andrew Heiskell Award, the QS-Wharton School’s Reimagine Education Awards, the Victorian International Education Awards, as well as an OLT Citation for Learning and Teaching from the Commonwealth Government of Australia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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