Matthew Reeder

Humanities (History)

Assistant Professor


View Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor Matthew Reeder joined Yale-NUS College after two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, his Master’s degree from the University of Hawai‘i, and his doctorate from Cornell University, where his dissertation earned the Messenger Chalmers and Lauriston Sharp prizes.

His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the American Historical Association, the Center for Khmer Studies, and the École française d’Extrême-Orient. He has lived, worked, and conducted research in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and France.

Assistant Professor Matthew Reeder is a historian of Southeast Asia and its global interconnections. His current book project examines ethnicity and politics in Siam (Thailand) and its mainland neighbors from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Other research interests include the social history of intelligence gathering in the nineteenth century, tattooing campaigns that made peasants legible to the state, and the twentieth-century erasure of historical accounts of early Bangkok women.

Narai: Siam’s Worldly King and the Revolution of 1688