Author Vita: Jude Chua Soo Meng

Dr. Jude Chua Soo Meng is an Associate Professor of philosophy at the Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group, and Sub Dean (Higher Degrees, Research) at National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

He completed his doctorate in comparative philosophy of law and governance under a president’s graduate fellowship at the National University of Singapore, and won a visiting graduate fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and worked with the eminent natural law theorist Professor John Finnis.

With an enduring interest in Aquinas, he is occasionally Visiting Research Scholar at Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford and has been a visiting member of the Las Casas Institute, Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London (FRHistS) for his publications in medieval thought.

He is programme coordinator and teaches for the Dual Award Doctorate in Education (EdD) NIE offers with the Institute of Education, London, where he has been Visiting Academic. He holds the Fellowship qualification of the College of Teachers, London (FCOT) and was elected a Fellow member of the College of Teachers (FCollT) for significant contribution to educational literature.

He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Business and Humanism, University of Navarra, Spain and in 2003 won the Novak Award (Acton Institute) for research in the interface of religion, ethics and economics, and delivered the Calihan Lecture at the University of Notre Dame. He serves as associate editor of the Journal of Markets and Morality.

He was a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow at the Young Global Leaders session, Austria and a 21st Century Trust Fellow, for the session on Climate Change at Merton College, Oxford. He is also a member of the Center for Theology and Philosophy of the University of Nottingham.

Having published widely, a current research interest is photography, education and semioethics.

He shoots with the Leica Digilux 2, which he absolutely enjoys. The camera was bought second hand and fully funded by his submissions to Focal Press

Since then he has also acquired a nickel screwmount, the Leica II, paired with the collapsible Elmar F/3.5 5cm lens in nickel plating, and shoots that very often. He has added to that a Leitz Weltzar half leather case. And then a Leica meter 2, a solenoid light meter that actually still works. And a FIKUS variable hood, also in nickel plating. And later an ABLON film cutting template. And he found an Agfa-Leitz Rondinax daylight development tank, which he now uses to develop his own black and white film. He uses a Watson 66B bulk loader to load Ilford HP5 plus into a couple of Leitz FILCA film cassettes, which work with the Leica II.