Ernest’s research maps the evolution of competing post-colonial nationalisms in Southeast Asia, and seeks to explain how these have come to shape the nature of the modern states that have emerged in the region. He is the author of Diaspora at War (Brill 2013) and Singapore Stories (Cambria 2010), and co-editor of The Pacific War (Routledge 2014) and Oral History in Southeast Asia (Palgrave 2013). He is currently completing a book on domestic service in post-colonial Singapore.

Areas of Research & Supervision

Histories of nationalism in Asia, British imperial history, Second World War history, overseas Chinese history, post-colonial history, 19th and 20th century Southeast and East Asian history.