Dr Eric Kerr

Director of Residential Life Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Residential Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Research Fellow Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore

Having originally trained as a lawyer in Scotland (LLB, Aberdeen), Eric moved into philosophy (Ph.D., Edinburgh) and now writes on theoretical issues in science, technology, and society. His doctoral dissertation combined the field of social epistemology with ethnographic fieldwork with petroleum engineers in Thailand. Subsequently he has been interested in mind and cognition, evidence, and digital culture, among other topics.

Before joining NUS, Eric was a visiting scholar at the University of Vienna, Delft University of Technology, and a guest lecturer at City University New York. Eric is Associate Editor at Social Epistemology and Book Review Editor for the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective which publishes regular articles and book reviews. He is an Editorial Board member for the book series Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society (Rowman & Littlefield).

At NUS, he holds a joint appointment with the Asia Research Institute where he is a Research Fellow in the Science, Technology and Society cluster.

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Academic Year 2022/23 Residential Colleges Teaching Excellence Award
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.