LaiYee Leong is a Fellow at the CPH and also at SMU's John G. Tower Center for Political Studies. Since 2014, she has been the lead scholar and interviewer for the Collective Memory Project's work on Post-9/11 Policy in East and Southeast Asia. LaiYee received her B.A. with distinction in English (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.
At SMU, LaiYee teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Islam and politics, social movements and protests, and the politics of Southeast Asia, among others. She is also an Associate Editor for #AsiaNow, the blog of the Association for Asian Studies.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, LaiYee is based in Oslo, Norway. She is conducting research and recording oral history interviews on the development of transatlantic relations during the George W. Bush presidency.