Dr. Por Heong Hong graduated from the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2014. Her doctoral dissertation is about the politics of healthcare services in postwar and post-independence Malaysia. Even though she is a political scientist by training, she considers herself an interdisciplinary scholar. She is now affiliated with the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She teaches Methods and Theories of Political Science, Fundamentals of Public Policy, Introduction to Political Science, and Culture and Society of Southeast Asia.
Por’s research interests lie at the convergence of postcolonial inquiries and cultural politics of issues pertaining to medicine, health and diseases, bodies, modernity, and nationalism. Her geographical focus is mainly Southeast Asia and East Asia. Lately, she has also developed an interest in doing history through archival research as well as oral history. Over the past few years, she has collected oral histories of ordinary people who lived through the post-independence era and the political turmoil of 1960s in Malaysia. She also merges historical research with the study of memory politics and heritage politics. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she uses a wide range of conceptual tools to explore and interrogate all of the above research topics.
Over the past decade, she has published widely on the politics of healthcare in Malaysia, politics of memory, and politics of heritage in Malaysia. Her publications can be found in prestigious peer reviewed journals, including Modern Asian Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (JMBRAS), Kajian Malaysia, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies etc., and in edited books published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave, and Routledge. Her two upcoming articles will appear in East Asia Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal and an edited book published by Bangkok-based Silkworm Books, respectively. Details of her publications can be accessed via Heong Hong Por (0000-0001-8362-0202) (orcid.org). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com