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The Australian National University

Wilbert Wong Wei Wen

Position: PhD Candidate

School or Centre: School of History


Location: Rm 3109, HC Coombs Building


Bcom, University of Canterbury
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History, University of Otago


Wilbert Wong is a PhD candidate with the School of History, College of Arts and Social Sciences, researching British productions of knowledge on the Malay Peninsula, under the supervision of Professor Angela Woollacott. He was a research fellow at the Singapore National Library for the first half of 2016, and tutored a world history course, “War and Society”, at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, in 2015. Wilbert has a strong interest in world history and hopes to specialise in the history of ideas, focusing on cross-cultural encounters between Asia and the West.

Research Interests

World History, British Imperial History, History of Ideas, Malaysia and Singapore Colonial History, Southeast Asian History, Colonialism, Cross-cultural Encounters, Globalisation Studies.


Wilbert Wong, “The Doctor Turned Diplomat: John Crawfurd’s Writings on the Malay Peninsula,” Biblioasia 13, Issue 11 (2017): 43-47

Wilbert Wong Wei Wen, “John Turnbull Thomson and the Hikayat Abdullah,” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 17, no. 2 (December 2015): 95-117.


National Library Board Singapore Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship (2016)
ANU HDR Fee Merit Scholarship (2016)
University Research Scholarship (2016)


World History Association


History Programme Sessional Assistant (2015), University of Waikato

Tutor, HIST 1214, Clash of Empires: 1450 to the Present (Semester 1 2017), School of History, Australian National University

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