Professor Chua Beng Huat is Singaporean. Like most Singapore students during his secondary school days, he studied for BSc in Biology and Chemistry in his undergraduate. After completing his degree, he realized that the isolated life of a lab scientist is not for him and switched to postgraduate study in Sociology. After obtaining his MA and PhD in Sociology from York University, Canada, he stayed on in Canada and taught at Trent University, Ontario. He returned to Singapore in 1980 to take up the Director of the Social Research Unit at the Housing and Development Board. He joined the Department of Sociology at NUS in 1986. He was appointed Provost Chair Professor in 2009.
Theories of Interpretation; Urban Sociology; Popular Culture and Consumption; Political Sociology.
Multiracialism and multiculturalism; public housing policies; East Asian pop culture and political economy of Singapore.
East Asia pop culture; multiculturalism and multiracialism; communitarian politics.
EDITORIAL WORK ON BOOKS
Elections as Popular Culture in Asia (2007)
(with Chen Kuan-hsing) Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader (2007)