Prof. Kenneth Paul Tan

Vice Dean of National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


Kenneth Paul Tan is Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) and Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). To date, he has received more than 10 teaching awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award, the most prestigious teaching honor bestowed by the University. He chairs the NUS Teaching Academy.

He has written widely on: public administration, liberalization, public engagement, and civil society; Asian creative cities and the culture industry; race, gender, and sexuality; and politics, society, and culture in Singapore. He has published in leading international journals such as Asian Studies ReviewCritical Asian Studies,International Political Science Review, and positions: asia critique, and has authored two books: Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics (NUS Press, 2007) and Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension (Brill, 2008).

He has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University, Georgetown University, and Harvard University. He has a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a first class honors degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol (UK).

He is a member of the Arts Advisory Panel of the National Arts Council (Singapore) and sits on the committee of Our Singapore Conversation, a year-long national-level public engagement exercise that began in 2012. He is the Founding Chair of the Asian Film Archive’s Board of Directors and sits on the Board of Directors of a theater company, The Necessary Stage.