I am a PhD student at Yale University studying urban environmental history in South and Southeast Asia. I research the intersections and gaps between histories of urban planning, climatology, and climate experience in the monsoon region. Between 2022-3, I was the Whitney Humanities Center Fellow in the Environmental Humanities.

I earned a BA from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), double majoring in History and Earth Systems Science, with a minor in Thai. I researched on Hong Kong’s environmental history and worked with Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre for their exhibition, Ecology in the Making (1816 - present). Together with Jed Kaplan, we published a study in Urban Climate quantifying a century of urban heat using historical GIS and climatological data. At HKU, I received the Centenary Prize in History, the Wang Gungwu Prize for Undergraduate Students in History, and the Huey Suen Fat Prize in History.

In Singapore, I was an art worker and writer. I was involved with soft/WALL/studs, a collaborative project involving artists, writers, film-makers, art workers, and researchers. I previously co-organized various art projects, including Beyond Repair,supported by the National Gallery Singapore (2020–21); Pulau Something, supported by Eyebeam, New York (2020); and Adrift: A Shore, presented at ADM Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2020), and In a Hard Place Apply Soft Pressure/s, presented at Cemeti Institute of Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018). As an art writer, I have contributed pieces to Arts Equator, ArtAsiaPacific,Global Performance Studies Journal, and art-agenda, among others.

Please contact me at marcus [dot] yee [at] yale [dot] edu or marcusyee5 [at] gmail [dot] com. A CV is available upon request.