Dr. Pek Koon Heng, Assistant Professor Emerita

DR. PEK KOON HENG is the former Director of the ASEAN Studies Initiative and an Assistant Professor Emerita at American University’s School of International Service, where she has taught international relations, international political economy, and comparative politics in the Asia-Pacific region. She also ran AU’s Southeast Asia summer graduate program in Malaysia and Indonesia. Currently, she is a Contract Course Coordinator of the Southeast Asia Area Studies Program, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. State Department. She has previously taught at Hull University, England, the National University of Malaysia, and Temple University Japan.

She has also been a Visiting Professor at Peking University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and the Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Her recent publications include: “Expanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects for ASEAN – Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand,” in Trading Pains and Gains: Expanding Trade Alliances in Asia (Wilson Center Asia Program, 2016); “Malaysia and the United States: A Maturing Partnership,” in Meredith Weiss, ed., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia, (Routledge 2015); and “The ‘ASEAN Way’ and Regional Security Cooperation in the South China Sea,” European University Institute, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, 2014.

Professor Heng earned her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her BA and MA from Auckland University, New Zealand.