Mohammad Khamsya Bin Khidzer

Hi. I'm a graduate student at the Department of Sociology, University of California San Diego. I have a BA and MA in Sociology from the National University of Singapore. My research interests lie primarily in the area of social networks, intellectuals and knowledge production. Combining network analysis and field theory, I examine historical cases of contentious ideas/practices to try and understand how they become institutionalized in the context of scientific/intellectual fields and beyond. In my other research projects I apply network analysis to examine the impact of relationships on mental health in the inner city, as well as to understand how religious networks influence perceptions of religious governance in the context of Singapore. When I'm not reading or doing research, I'm usually playing soccer, taking photographs or indulging in decadent desserts with a cup of coffee.  

Select Publications

Religiosity and the Management of Religious Harmony: Responses From the IPS Survey on Race, Religion and Language.” Co-author with Mathew Mathews and Teo Kay Key. Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy. National University of Singapore. Working Paper Series No. 21. 2014.

“’Balik Kampung’: The Practice of Transborder Retirement Migration in Johor, Malaysia”. Chapter in Edited Volume, ‘International Migration in South East Asia: Continuities and Discontinuities’. Lian Kwen Fee,  Mizanur Rahman & Yabit Alas(eds). University of Brunei Darussalam. Springer. 2015.

“Preserving Racial and Religious Harmony in Singapore.” Co-author with Mathew Mathews. Chapter in Edited Volume, ‘50 Years of Social Issues In Singapore’. David Chan (ed.). World Scientific Publishing. Singapore. World Scientific Publications.  Imperial College Press. 2015.

“Volunteer Collectives and Reducing Income Inequality.” Op-Ed piece published on the Institute of Policy Studies Website ( Dec 2015.

"Dreaming In Light Leaks: Reflections On a Quasi Experimental Research and Mentoring Programme With Underprivileged Teenagers in Lengkok Bahru, Singapore". Article published on Writing Photography Southeast Asia ( April 2017.