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Matthew Schauer

post-doctoral fellow

Matthew Schauer


Office: Stokes Hall, S312


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Fields of Interest

Imperialism, Modern World History, Modern Southeast Asia, Modern Britain, History of Anthropology

Academic Profile

Matthew's research focuses on the exchange of imperial knowledge across colonial boundaries in Southeast Asia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His book project examines how administrators in British Malaya used amateur ethnological knowledge and policy models from adjacent colonies to inform their imperial educational policies. These educational systems were used in Malaya as part of larger programs of social engineering which the British hoped would help the colony achieve increased economic growth and political stability. His project covers topics such as: Western domestic education for Malay girls, imperial ideas concerning public health and nutrition, linguistic training, and conceptions of "native heritage" in handiworks education. Beyond his book project, his is very interested in imperial travel literature, the exportation of European ideas of domesticity to colonial settings, and popular ethnology in the early 20th century.