Stefan Hübner (Huebner)

Research Fellow, Asia Research InstituteNational University of Singapore


Stefan Hübner (Huebner) is a historian of colonialism, modernization, and development policy. He is a research fellow at National University of Singapore's Asia Research Institute. He was awarded fellowships and scholarships from the U.S. SSRC, Harvard University, the Fulbright Commission, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, and the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo. His second book project addresses the history of oceanic colonization projects. He focuses on the impact of industrial oceanic energy production (offshore oil drilling, etc.), industrial oceanic agriculture (fish and seaweed farming, etc.), and oceanic urbanization (floating city extensions, floating city prototypes) on the territorialization and environmental transformation of the ocean. He received his Ph.D. from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) in 2015. His first book - Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974 - was published by National University of Singapore Press in 2016. A Japanese translation was released in 2017. His Ph.D. research covered the impact of regional Asian sports events - established by the American YMCA - on the "Western civilizing mission", colonial modernization processes, anti-colonial and state nationalisms, pan-Asian aspirations, and Cold War development policy in seven Asian countries.

Award Information

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections (2017-2018)

Asia Research InstituteNational University of Singapore

City upon the Sea. Asia's Colonization of the Oceans since the Early Twentieth Century