National University of Singapore
Kenneth Tan, the 1995 Lee Kuan Yew Postgraduate Scholar (Singapore), read for a PhD in social and political sciences at the University of Cambridge (1996-2000) where he was also awarded the Sir Desmond Lee Junior Research Fellowship. He had, on a Public Service Commission Overseas Merit (Open) Scholarship, obtained a first class honours degree in economics and politics at the University of Bristol (1991-1994) which had also awarded him a university scholarship and appointed him departmental scholar. After completing his doctorate, he joined the National University of Singapore in July 2000 as an assistant professor in both the University Scholars Programme and the Department of Political Science.
His research interests have included topics in social, cultural, and political theory, as well as aspects of society, culture, and politics in Singapore. He is currently working on three projects: one on thinking about political society in Singapore using cultural analogies, a second on pedagogy and citizenship, and a third on film and popular culture in Singapore.
He has taught and designed pedagogically innovative and interdisciplinary modules that encourage active student-centered learning involving an approach that integrates open facilitated discussion, multimedia and Web-based learning, and experiential activities not limited to the classroom. His teaching has received very positive evaluations by his students.These modules have included:
- Democratic Possibilities in Singapore (Singapore Studies)
- Civil Society in Singapore: Legacies and Comparative Perspectives (Course-Based Advanced Module)
- Thinking About Politics
- Singapore: The Making of a Nation
He was instrumental in forging links between the University Scholars Programme and Singapore International Foundation, as well as a number of other civil society organizations. When he was faculty advisor to the University Scholars Club, he served as facilitator and faculty advisor in its community service expedition to Sikkim, India. He has made various other contributions to student activities within the university, and is regularly invited by schools and community organizations to give talks and participate in discussions.
Among his contributions to community service include establishing an annual charity concert project that showcased the talent of young Singaporean classical musicians and dancers to neighborhood audiences while raising awareness and funds for organizations such as the Singapore Cancer Society and Singapore Children's Society. With a keen interest in choral singing and music in general, he has served for three years as chorister at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol, performed with the St Margaret's Society of the Queens' College Cambridge, and served as organist, pianist, cantor, or chorister for over fifteen years in various local church choirs including a Gregorian Chant group.platform gameshidden objects gamessimulation gameshidden object gamesmarble popper gamesmahjongkids gamespc gamesword gamesdownloadable games