• Assistant Professor, History

Research Statement

I'm interested in trade and economic developments in insular Southeast Asia, focusing on the period from the 1400s through the turn of the 19th century. My recent work has concentrated on the city of Malacca, but the multinational nature of Southeast Asian trade means that in addition to Malays I write about many different Southeast Asian peoples as well as Indians, Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British.


  • “Southeast Asia in Global History.” Teaching Roundtable, The American Historical Association Annual Conference . Conference Paper, Presented, 01/2020.
  • “Multiculturalism in Melaka.” Melaka in the Long 15th Century Conference, sponsored by Melaka in Fact and the Yayasan Khazanah, Malaysia . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2019.
  • “Liquid Market, Fragile State: Wealth and Disunity in 15th-century Malacca.” University of California, Berkeley, South and Southeast Asia Program. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2019.
  • "Slavery as Patronage, Slavery as Punishment, Slavery as Debt in 15th Century Melaka." Panel: Conflictive Trade, Values, and Power Relations in the Straits of Melaka Region, c. 1400 – 1600, Association for Asian Studies 2019 Annual Conference . Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2019.


  • Arabic, basic.
  • Chinese, basic.
    Read with proficiency.
  • English, fluent.
  • French, fluent.
  • Indonesian, fluent.
  • Portuguese, functional.
    Read with proficiency.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Asia
    Southeast Asia.
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Viet Nam


  • ShawnaKim Lowey-Ball (2020). History By Text and Thing. Perspectives on History. Vol. 58(3). Published, 02/26/2020.