Chi Tim Ho

Dr Ho Chi Tim

Senior Lecturer

Core Learning

Tel: +65 6240 8881

Email: Y3Rob0BzdXNzLmVkdS5zZw==

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D. in History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

M.A. in History, National University of Singapore

B.A. (Hons) in History, National University of Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

2018 - 2019
Curatorial Researcher, Malay Heritage Centre / National Heritage Board

2014 - 2017
Instructor, Department of History, National University of Singapore

2013 - 2014
Executive, Comparative Asian Studies PhD Programme, National University of Singapore

2008 - 2009
Research Analyst, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

2003 - 2005
Social Assistance Policy Officer, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports


Ho Chi Tim and Ann Wee,
Singapore Chronicles: Social Services. Institute of Policy Studies and The Straits Times Press. (2016)

Book Chapters and Articles:

Ho Chi Tim,
“A Biographical Account of the Social Welfare State in Late Colonial Singapore, 1945–1965”, in Haapala, P., Harjula, M., Kokko, H. (eds.) Experiencing Society and the Lived Welfare State. Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. (2023)

Ho Chi Tim, Holmberg, E., and Tan C. G.,
"Pasir Panjang, Kent Ridge and the Singapore Story", in Kevin Y.L. Tan (ed.), Kent Ridge: An Untold Story. Singapore: NUS Press. (2019)

Ho Chi Tim,
"Social Welfare: Myth and History", in Loh K. S., Thum P. T. and Chia J. M. T. (eds.), Living with Myths in Singapore. Singapore: Ethos Books. (2017)

Ho Chi Tim,
"Communal Feeding in Post-War Singapore", BiblioAsia, Volume 9, Issue 3, Oct-Dec. (2013)

Ho Chi Tim,
"Goh Keng Swee in a Social Welfare History of Singapore", in Chew E. and Kwa C. G. (eds.), Goh Keng Swee: A Legacy of Public Service, Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and World Scientific Publishing. (2012)

Kwa Chong Guan and Ho Chi Tim,
"Archives in the Making of Post-Colonial Singapore", in Jeurgens, C., Kappelhof, T., and Karabinos, M. (eds.), Colonial Legacy in South East Asia: The Dutch Archives, Stichting Archiefpublicaties, Jaarboek 11. (2012)

Kwa Chong Guan and Ho Chi Tim,
"Archival Records in the Writing of Singapore History: A Perspective from the Archives", in Loh K. S. and Liew K. K. (eds.), The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History, Singapore: Singapore Heritage Society. (2010)

  • Histories of Singapore and Southeast Asia (specifically social welfare history; colonialism/imperialism; social policy and nation-building)
  • Public/Applied History
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to Singapore Studies

2022 - 2024
Principal Investigator, "Borrowed Roots: Negotiating Identity and Ethnicity by Transracial Adoptees in Singapore, 1950s - 1980s". National Heritage Board Heritage Research Grant

2022 - 2025
Co-Principal Investigator, "Archiving the Underclasses: Knowledge, Law, and Everyday Agency in Modern Southeast Asia". MOE Academic Research Fund Tier 2

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