Dr Terence Chong has a BA (First Class) in History from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick. His research interests include heritage, arts and cultural policies, and politics in Singapore, new Chinese immigrants in CLMV countries, and Christianity in Southeast Asia.
Dr Chong has won several research grants, the most recent of which is the 2016 inaugural Social Science Research Thematic Grant worth over $600,000 to research Christian growth in the region.
Dr Chong has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Modern Asian Studies and Asian Studies Review. He is also the author of The Theatre and the State in Singapore: Orthodoxy and Resistance (Routledge 2010); co-author of Different Under God: A Survey of Church-going Protestants in Singapore (ISEAS 2013); and editor of The AWARE Saga: Civil Society and Public Morality in Singapore (NUS Press 2010).
Dr Chong was appointed Deputy Director on 1 June 2017 and is concurrently Head of Temasek History Research Centre and Archaeology Unit at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He took on the roles of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director, Research Division on 1 April 2021.