Alvin Tan is currently pursuing his M.Soc.Sc degree in sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He graduated from the same university in 2010 with a B.Soc.Sc (Hons) in sociology and a second major in Japanese studies. His main academic interest is in social theory, especially in general theory, institutional theory (particularly neoinstitutionalism) and social systems theory. He is also somewhat interested in travelling and particularly loves Japan, a country in which he spent a couple of months as a student. He is (somewhat) fluent in conversational Japanese, and also in Chinese (Mandarin).