Faculty Profile

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School of Social Sciences

Darlene Machell ESPENA

Full-time Faculty
Assistant Professor of Humanities (Education); Course Coordinator for Big Questions;


  • PhD in History, Nanyang Technological University, 2017
  • MSc in Asian Studies, Nanyang Technological University, 2012
  • BA in Social Sciences (Major in Area Studies), University of the Philippines Manila, 2006

Research Interests

  • Cultural History
  • Cold War in Southeast Asia
  • Memory, Film, and Politics in Transnational Asia
  • Discourse and Education in Singapore

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Cultural History of Cold War in Asia
  • Special Topics in Political Science
  • Film in Southeast Asia
  • Big Questions (Happiness and Suffering)