Singapore: A Biography (with Yu-Mei Balasingamchow). Hong Kong Univ. Press, 2009; paperback edition with Editions Didier Millet, 2012.
*CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title’, 2010
*Winner of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association Gold Medal, 2010
Empire and Decolonization in Asia: An interconnected history. Cambridge Univ. Press.
Dreams of Other Empires: The port-city enlightenment in British Asia, 1860–1920
Remembering the Wars in Asia, 1931-45 (co-edited with Edward Vickers and Daniel Schumacher)
'Amitav Ghosh and the art of thick description: History in the Ibis Trilogy', American Historical Review, 121, 5 (December 2016), 1537-44.
‘Pandora's post box: Empire and information in India, 1854-1914', English Historical Review, 131, 552 (October 2016), 1043-73.
‘Beyond the limits of nation and geography: Tagore and the cosmopolitan moment’, 1916-1920’, ‘Lived Cosmopolitanisms’ special issue of Cultural Dynamics, 24, 2-3 (November, 2012): 143-158; reprinted in S. Gabriel and F. Rosa (eds), Cosmopolitan Asia: Littoral epistemologies of the global south (New York: Routledge, 2015).
‘Emporium in imperio: Nanyang networks and the Straits Chinese in Singapore, 1819-1914’, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 36 (February, 2005): 29-36.
‘Asia’s maritime networks and the colonial public sphere, 1840-1920’, Special issue of New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 6, 2 (December, 2004): 63-94.
‘“Wider Opportunities”: Religious revival, nationalist awakening and the global dimension in Colombo, 1870-1920’, Modern Asian Studies, 36, 4 (October 2002): 936-67.
Accepted for publication:
'Humanitarianism and the overseas aid “craze” in Britain's colonial Straits Settlements, 1870-1920', Past and Present.
‘Wartime globalization in Asia, 1937-1945: conflicted connections and convergences' (journal forum of three articles with introduction, edited/co-authored with Daniel Schumacher) Modern Asian Studies
‘Imperial citizenship or else: the evolution of anticolonial radicalism across British Asia, 1890-1920'
‘The migrant speaks: Oral histories of the Chinese diasporic experience in late-colonial Southeast Asia’
‘In search of cosmopolitan discourse: a historical journey across the Indian Ocean from Singapore to South Africa, 1870-1920’, in Pamila Gupta, Isabel Hofmeyr, Michael Pearson (eds) Eyes across the water: Navigating the Indian Ocean, (Pretoria: UNISA, 2010), pp. 75-95
‘That great ocean of idealism: the Tagore circle and the idea of Asia, 1900-1920’, in Ashraf Jamal & Shanty Moorthy (eds), Indian Ocean Studies: Cultural, social and political perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 251-79
‘The making of the Singapore History Gallery: some personal reflections’, in Cheryl-Ann Low (ed.), The Past in the Present: Histories in the making (Singapore: National Museum of Singapore, 2009), pp. 61-77
‘Cosmopolitan fragments from a divided isle: “Ceylonese nationalism” in late colonial Sri Lanka’, in Joel. S. Kahn (ed.) Ethnicities, Diasporas and ‘Grounded’ Cosmopolitanisms in Asia, ARI Monograph Series, 2004, pp. 59-69
Accepted for publication
‘An Oceanic Enlightenment: Transnational publics in a colonial public sphere’, in Sunil Amrith and Isabel Hofemeyr (eds), The Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean World, v.2. Cambridge Univ. Press.
‘Singapore Songlines revisited: The world class complex and the multiple deaths of context’, in Simone Shu-Yeng Chung and Michael Douglass (eds), Hard State, Soft City: The urban imaginative field in Singapore. National Univ. of Singapore Press.
‘Introduction: Old wounds and new practices’ (co-authored with Edward Vickers and Daniel Schumacher’ in Frost, Vickers and Schumachers (eds), Remembering the Wars in Asia, 1931-45.
‘Methods of Reconciliation: The transnational memory work of Takashima Nobuyoshi and his generation’ (co-authored with Yosuke Watanabe) in Frost, Vickers and Schumacher (eds), Remembering the Wars in Asia, 1931-45.
‘That great ocean of idealism: Calcutta, the Tagore circle and the idea of Asia, 1900-1920, Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Working Paper No 3 (June 2011)
‘Transcultural Diaspora: The Straits Chinese in Singapore 1819-1918’, ARI Working Paper No.10, August 2003,