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Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Iqbal Singh Sevea

Graduate Email: zardas@unc.edu

Personal Website

Education

B.A. University of Hong Kong, 2010
M.Phil. University of Hong Kong, 2014
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017

Research Interests

My dissertation, entitled “Surviving in Great Power Politics: Transnational Anticolonialism of British Malaya,” is a cultural and intellectual history of South and Southeast Asia. It examines Malayans’ contribution to the transnational political movements based in Asia and Europe during and after the Second World War. It also explores how the circulation of political and religious ideas across the Indian Ocean significantly shaped the anticolonial discourses in late colonial Malaya. My broader research interests include twentieth-century South and Southeast Asian history; global history of (anti-)colonialism; migration and identities formation; gender history; cultural and intellectual history.

Some Notable Publications

Courses Offered

  • HIST134: Modern East Asia (Instructor)
  • HIST140: The World since 1945 (Teaching Assistant)
  • HIST276: The Modern Middle East (Teaching Assistant)
  • HIST279: Modern South Africa (Teaching Assistant)