Jack Meng-Tat Chia is a Senior Tutor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore and currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on Buddhism in maritime Southeast Asia, Chinese popular religion, overseas Chinese history, and Southeast Asia-China interactions. He recently completed his first book manuscript, Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea, which explores the history of Buddhism in inter-Asian contexts and the intersections between national and Buddhist institutional projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Chia is co-editor of Living with Myths in Singapore (2017) and has published articles in journals such as Archiv Orientální, Asian Ethnology, China Quarterly, History of Religions, Journal of Chinese Religions, Material Religion, and SOJOURN. His next book project, “Beyond the Borobudur: Buddhism in Postcolonial Indonesia,” focuses on the history and development of Buddhism in the world’s largest Muslim country since 1945.
Born and raised in Singapore, Chia received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. from the National University of Singapore, his second M.A. from Harvard University, where he was a Harvard-Yenching Scholar, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.