Paulin Tay Straughan (born 8 April 1963) is a sociologist from Singapore who served as a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from 2009 to 2012.[1][2]

She is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS),[3] where she is also the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.[4]

She was educated at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and Catholic Junior College, before going on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and statistics at the National University of Singapore. She then went on to the University of Virginia in the United States, where she earned a Master of Arts and a PhD in sociology. She has been teaching at NUS since 1991.[5]


  1. 9 new NMPs sworn in, The Straits Times, 20 July 2009
  2. President appoints NMPs, The Straits Times, 16 July 2009
  3. Paulin Tay Straughan, Calvin Cheng confirm NMP appointment,, 7 July 2009
  4. Nominees for NMP positions, The Straits Times
  5. Assoc Prof Paulin Tay Straughan at, retrieved on 22 August 2009

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