Our Faculty

Sarah Weiss

Research Areas
“My teaching and research spring from a keen interest in the interpretation of cultural encounter, inspired by issues and ideas arising from the study of postcoloniality, hybridity, gender, world religions, Southeast Asian performance, and aesthetics. A singer and instrumentalist, I regularly perform with Javanese Gamelan Singa Nglaras — housed in the National University of Singapore’s Southeast Asian Studies Department; the Lecture Notes— a faculty-staff a cappella group at Yale-NUS; and a women's vocal trio yet to be named, performing medieval and renaissance music. As the inaugural Rector of Saga Residential College, my role is to encourage and foster the development of a sense of community, identity and belonging among the many different students, faculty and staff who live, study and work within the walls of the College.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Permeable Boundaries: Music and Cultural Encounter
  • Introduction to the Arts: Urban Sounds, Urban Spaces
  • Performing Gender

Robin Hemley

Research Areas
"I like to challenge myself as a writer and a teacher, exploring ways to bring my myriad interests to bear in the classroom and on the page. I love to explore intersections between genres and, communities, and to cross borders, both geographically and the borders of various disciplines. This is in part why I love collaboration and hybridity as I see intellectual growth not so much in terms of the typical markers of achievement as in exploration. I am delighted to be part of the Arts Faculty at Yale-NUS, a perfect home, I think, for my kind of exploration and collaboration."
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Pattaratorn Chirapravati

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“I am an art historian who is specialised in Buddhist art and Southeast Asian art visual cultures. I have published extensively on ancient Buddhist art (e.g., Votive Tablets in Thailand (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Divination Au Royaume De Siam: Le corps, la guerre, le destine (Presses Universitaires de France, 2011). I am also interested in identity and the political usage of images. I co-curated two major art exhibitions of Thai and Burmese art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, entitled The Kingdom of Siam: Art from Central Thailand (1530-1800) and Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma (1775-1950)."
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Teaching Subjects
  • South East Asian Art History

Heidi Stalla

Research Areas
“My research explores the way that writers challenge the boundaries of fiction and nonfiction in their work. I am particularly interested in the work of Virginia Woolf and have written about the degree to which Woolf’s craft was not only informed by a lifelong interest in historical genres, but also alludes to the appropriation of material and literary culture from Greece, India and Egypt as a form of sociopolitical critique.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Travel Writing
  • The Craft of Virginia Woolf

Suyin Chew

Research Areas
“I am an Arts Management scholar and have published on arts leadership and the perceptions of stakeholder influence on dance companies. At Yale-NUS College, I teach a module which examines why people dance. My current interest is looking into the co-relationship of dance, spirituality and Community."
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Teaching Subjects
  • Dance Portraits
  • Dance in Society
  • Dance Perspectives ( Independent Study)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Collaboration (Independent Study)
  • Arts in Communities (Independent Study)

Maria Taroutina

Research Areas
“Although my research primarily focuses on the architecture, painting and sculpture of Imperial and early Soviet Russia, as a scholar of the 19th and 20th centuries, I am more broadly interested in examining international modernism and its multiple and complex crosscurrents in a global context. More specifically, I am invested in rethinking the opposing binary categories of avant-gardism and revivalism, historicism and innovation, modernity and traditionalism, secularism and religion, and regionalism and internationalisation as they have been applied to the trajectory of modern European art. How do modernities and modernisms deemed to be ‘alternative’ mirror, challenge or oppose the Euro-American model? How do we study and historicise transnational and cross-cultural artistic exchanges? What are the politics, ethics and aesthetics of a genuinely global art history?”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Art And Politics: From Modernity to Post-Modernity
  • Masterpieces of Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present
  • Introduction to the Arts: Totalitarian Art and its Opponents

Mark Joyce

Research Areas
“My paintings explore the phenomenological strangeness of our optical experience, with themes drawn from scientific and philosophical ideas of physical light. I love the purpose-built studio facilities on campus and the challenge of teaching creative arts in a liberal arts context.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Drawing Methods
  • Literature and Humanities 2
  • Advanced painting

Meredith Morse

Research Areas
“My fields of interest include modernities and modernisms, 20th century art of the USA, and visual art’s vital connections to performance and time-based arts. My research has focused on US visual art and dance of the late 1950s to 1970s, and it has addressed the question of embodiment and the relation of visual and movement culture to larger social histories. My current research projects involve a reconsideration of 1970s performance art, and abstract painting in the US during the late 1960s to the 1980s.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • The Cage Revolution (U.S. art of the 1960s: Pop Art, Happenings, Fluxus, Minimalism, and the ‘new dance’)
  • Literature & Humanities II
  • Dance and Modernism

Nozomi Naoi

Research Areas
“My research interests include modern Japanese prints and visual culture, the development of new media technologies in modern and contemporary Asia as well as the evolving forms of female imagery in East Asian art and design.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints

Lawrence Lacambra Ypil

Research Areas
“My work explores the relationship of photography and cultural memory and the role of space and place in the construction of identity. I write about the ways people build a home away from home. I am interested in the porousness of the border between poetry and the essay, the pleasure of the conjunction of text and image.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Forms of Poetry

Nirmali Fenn

Research Areas
"Music at Yale Nus College comprises a collaborative hub in which students open their ears to each other, discovering new, sonic ideas in the process. Through music, I challenge performers to ‘see’ with their ears and construct spatial ‘views’ of their surroundings. I believe that sound provides audiences the chance to experience the volume of the space in which they exist.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Integrative Music Theory 1
  • Integrative Music Theory 2
  • Creative Music Composition

Laurel Fantauzzo

Research Areas
“My writing subjects have included typhoons, remote islands, dangerous bicycle rides, love stories, and my own family history in California. My interests often delve into third culture identity, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ issues, family relationships, and friendships. I am working on a memoir, Archipelago Sleepovers, on forming a relationship to the homeland that my Filipino family left, and I’m also working on a young adult novel. For more, visit lLaurelfantauzzo.com.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Food Writing
  • Literary Journalism
  • The Polemical Essay