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Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences,, Western Sydney University

Associate Professor Malini Sur is socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests in India, Bangladesh, and Australia. Her book Jungle Passports: Fences, Mobility, and Citizenship at the Northeast India-Bangladesh Border (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021) was awarded the President’s Book Prize from the South Asian Studies Association of Australia, Bernard S. Cohen Prize (honourable mention) and Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2022). Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), Dutch Research Council (NWO), Ministry of Education Singapore and awards from the Tata Trusts.
A/Prof Sur has taught and held fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, University of Toronto and the National University of Singapore and worked for Social Science Research Council (New York). She was a Chevening scholar and a visiting fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University in 2022. She is an Associate Editor of South Asia – Journal of South Asian Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the Australian Journal of Anthropology, Commoning Ethnography and Humanities Research. In 2021, she was elected to Ordinary Director of the Australian Anthropological Society and has served on the Executive Committee of the South Asian Studies Association of Australia.


  • 2021–present
    Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences