People

Director

Duncan McCargo, Director
Tel: (+45) 3532 4628
Email: duncan@nias.ku.dk

Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and a professor of political science at the University of Copenhagen. A specialist in the comparative politics of Southeast Asia, he is best known as for his expertise on Thailand. Duncan previously served as Head of the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds and as President of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Philip Wenzel Kyhl, Assistant Director
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Email: kyhl@nias.ku.dk 

Philip Wenzel Kyhl is the Assistant Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and runs the day-to-day operations at NIAS. Philip has lived and worked in China for 9 years and holds an MA in China Studies with electives in Communication and Linguistics

Researchers

Terese Gagnon

Terese Gagnon, Postdoctoral Researcher
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Email: teresa.gagnon@nias.ku.dk 

Terese is a Postdoctoral Researcher at NIAS and the Department of Political Science in the "The Politics of Climate and Sustainability in Asia." She holds a PhD in anthropology from Syracuse University. Her dissertation is about Karen food, seed, and political sovereignty across landscapes of home and exile. She is co-editor of the book Movable Gardens: Itineraries and Sanctuaries of Memory.

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Myunghee Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher 
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Email: mlee@nias.ku.dk 

Myunghee is the KF-NIAS Korea Fellow. Her research focuses on protest, social movement, authoritarianism, and democratization. Her postdoctoral project is a comparative study on the persistence of authoritarian legacies in South Korea and Poland. Her work appears in journals such as International Security, International Studies Review, and Politics & Gender. 

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Kuan-Jen Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher 
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Email: kuan-jen.chen@nias.ku.dk 

Kuan-Jen is the ADI-NIAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research focuses on Cold War history, modern East Asian  history, and US foreign policy. Dr Chen is currently finalising his book manuscript: The Making of America’s Maritime Order in Cold War East Asia: Sovereignty, Local Interests, and International Security. Kuan-Jen also published his academic journal articles in English, Chinese, and Japanese.

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Van Tran, Postdoctoral Researcher
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Email: vantran@nias.ku.dk

Van is a Postdoctoral Researcher at NIAS and the Department of Political Science. She studies social movements and digital cultures under authoritarianism in Myanmar and beyond. Her Ph.D. dissertation examines the resilience of public activism under repressive regimes. Her recent analysis and commentaries on Burmese politics appeared on The Washington Post, Brookings Institution, etc.

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Library & Information Centre

Inga-Lill Blomkvist

Inga-Lill Blomkvist, Librarian and Web-coordinator
Tel: (+45) 3532 9512
Email: ilb@nias.ku.dk

Inga-Lill maintains the collection of electronic resources for studies and research on Asia to be found on the AsiaPortal.info and co-ordinates the NNC library cooperation around these resources. She also coordinates NIAS' websites.

Administration

Fakhrul Islam

Fakhrul Islam, IT 
Tel: (+45) 3532 9500
Email: mfi@nias.ku.dk

Fakhrul maintains and develops our Asiaportal website and the NIAS library IT infrastructure, so we can all do our work.

Tyra Winther Orton, Student Assistant
Tel: (+45) 3532 9500
Email: tyra.orton@nias.ku.dk

Tyra helps make everything happen at NIAS, including our events, our visiting residency programme, and our e-resources.

Julia Heinle, Student Assistant
Tel: (+45) 3532 9500
Email: julia@nias.ku.dk

Julia helps make everything happen at NIAS, including our events, the visiting residency programme, and our e-resources. Julia is also currently supporting the work of NIAS Press.

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Anders Nørland, Student Assistant
Tel: (+45) 3532 9500
Email: anders@nias.ku.dk

Anders helps make everything happen at NIAS, including our events, the visiting residency programme, and our e-resources.

NIAS Press

Gerald Jackson

Gerald Jackson, Editor-in-Chief
Tel: (+45) 35 32 95 03
Email: gerald@nias.ku.dk 

Gerald creates wonderful books about Asia. His formal title does not do justice to his many talents and responsibilities.

Fanny Töpper

Fanny Töpper, Publishing Assistant (currently on leave)
Tel: (+45) 3533 2604
Email: femt@nias.ku.dk

Fanny helps NIAS Press create wonderful books about Asia, working on marketing, editorial and other matters.

Julia Heinle, Student Assistant
Tel: (+45) 3532 9500
Email: julia@nias.ku.dk

Julia helps make everything happen at NIAS, including our events, the visiting residency programme, and our e-resources. Julia is also currently supporting the work of NIAS Press.

David Stuligross

David Stuligross, Desk Editor
Tel: (+45) 3532 9501
Email: david_stuligross@yahoo.com

David polishes up our books to make them even better.

Researchers

Guest researchers

Andreas Forsby

Andreas Bøje Forsby, Guest Researcher 
Tel: (+45) 61 777 111
Email: abf@nias.ku.dk

Andreas is an international relations specialist who works on China's foreign and security policy, China’s identity and emotional assertiveness, US-China strategic rivalry, Nordic-China relations, the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula.

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Affiliated PhD students

Lisa Lindkvist Zhang

Lisa Lindkvist Zhang, Associated PhD Student
Tel: +45 4232 0120 / +49 15773761466
Email: lisa.zhang@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

Lisa works on Modern China, Late Qing and Republican Intellectual History, Indian Philosophy, and Translation Studies.

Tabita Rosendal

Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen, Associated PhD Student
Tel: +45 29244018
Email: tabita.rosendal_ebbesen@ace.lu.se

Tabita is a PhD student at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University, Sweden, where she also lectures on China’s modern history as well as contemporary Chinese politics and society.

Joanne Kuai, Associated PhD Student
Tel: +46 54 700 2426
Email: joanne.kuai@kau.se

Joanne is a PhD Candidate at Karlstad University, Sweden, with a research project on "Artificial Intelligence in Chinese Newsrooms". Her research interests centre around data and AI for media, the social implications of automation and algorithms and contemporary China.