Ivy Maria Lim is Associate Professor and Head of Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She now teaches courses in Singapore history, women's history and Chinese maritime history in NIE and has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Commendation twice.
She received her B.A. in history and political science from the National University of Singapore with honours in history. She completed her M.A. by Research in History at National Insitute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, working on the history of the Teochew community in colonial Singapore. She was then awarded the Overseas Graduate Scholarship (OGS) by NIE and read her D.Phil. in History at Oxford University where she worked on Japanese piracy and lineage organization in Zhejiang province, China in the sixteenth century. Her research interests include Chinese lineage organizations, social history of the Ming dynasty, as well as the history of Japanese piracy in Ming China.
She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project that approaches Chinese text documents from a geo-spatial approach and also a collaborator on a heritage game project with the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at NTU. She has also served as an expert advisor to UNESCO and is currently a member of the Chinese Heritage Centre Faculty Advisory Committee.