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Visiting Fellow, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University

Dr Amrita Malhi is a Visiting Fellow in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. Amrita is a Historian of Southeast Asia, with a primary interest in Islam, shifting identities and identity conflict in colonial Malaya and contemporary Malaysia. Amrita is working on a book on the allure of the Caliphate in Southeast Asia with a focus on a remote uprising in Malaya in 1928, and some of her work on this topic has been published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, The Muslim World, and an edited volume published by the British Academy. Amrita is also a regular public commentator on Malaysian politics, and her work appears on New Mandala, East Asia Forum, Inside Story and The Conversation.


  • 2017–present
    Visiting Fellow, The Australian National University
  • 2016–2016
    Visiting Fellow, The University of Adelaide
  • 2011–2015
    Research Fellow, University of South Australia
  • 2010–2010
    Research Fellow, National Library of Australia, Minerals Council of Australia
  • 2007–2010
    PhD Candidate and Project Coordinator, The Australian National University
  • 2003–2007
    PhD Candidate, Tutor and Research Assistant, The Australian National University


  • 2010 
    The Australian National University, PhD in History
  • 2002 
    The Australian National University, B Arts/B Asian Studies (Hons)


  • 2017
    Intercultural Futures: The Fraught Politics of Multiculturalism, Griffith Review, vol. 55: State of Hope, pp. 192-200
  • 2015
    ''We Hope to Raise the Bendera Stambul': British Forward Movement and the Caliphate on the Malay Peninsula, In Andrew Peacock and Annabel Teh Gallop (ed.), From Anatolia to Aceh: Ottomans, Turks, and Southeast Asia, British Academy and Oxford University Press, London, pp. 221-239
  • 2015
    Like a Child with Two Parents: Race, Religion and Royalty on the Siam-Malaya Frontier,1895-1902, The Muslim World, vol. 105, no. October, pp. 472-495
  • 2013
    Malaysia's 2013 Election: The Nation and the National Front, Berita, Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group, Association for Asian Studies (US), Autumn, pp. 14-20
  • 2011
    Making Spaces, Making Subjects: Land, Enclosure and Islam in Colonial Malaya, The Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 727-746
  • 2009
    Sex, Race and Religion Still Political Weapons in Malaysian Politics, In Barbara Nelson & Andrew MacIntyre (ed.), Capturing the year 2009: Writings from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra, pp. 204-207
  • 2003
    The PAS-BN Conflict in the 1990s: The Politics of Islamic Modernism, In V Hooker & N Othman (ed.), Malaysia: Islam, Society and Politics, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, pp. 236-265
  • 2003
    Subversion and the Trappings of Royalty in Hikayat Pelanduk Jenaka and Hikayat Hang Tuah, Jurnal Filologi Melayu, vol. 11

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    InterculturAdelaide: Cultural Adaptivity for the Asian Century
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia
  • 2013
    Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Science Research Council, supported by funds provided by the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia