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Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Malaya

Khoo Ying Hooi, PhD is the Head and Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya. She is the author of “The Bersih Movement and Democratisation in Malaysia: Repression, Dissent and Opportunities” (SIRD/ISEAS and Lexington Books, 2020) and “Seeds of Dissent” (Gerakbudaya, 2015). She is also the co-editor of several books including, “Rethinking Human Rights and Peace in Post-Independence Timor-Leste through Local Perspectives” (with Antero Benedito da Silva & Therese Thi Phuong Tam Nguyen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), “Southeast Asia, Infected and Interrupted: Elevating Critical Voices on the State of Human Rights and Peace” (with Joel Mark Baysa-Barredo & Herlambang Perdana Wiratraman, SHAPE-SEA, 2021), “Social Movements in Malaysia: A Vehicle for Citizen’s Action” (with Denison Jayasooria, KITA-UKM, 2019) and “Exploring the Nexus between Technology and Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges in Southeast Asia” (with Deasy Simandjuntak, SHAPE-SEA, 2019). Ying Hooi is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian Journal of International Relations (MJIR), and she sits in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights and Indonesian Law Review (ILREV). She has been active in the works related to human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asia region for more than a decade.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Malaya


  • 2014 
    University Putra Malaysia, Doctor of Philosophy