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Director - Higher Degree Research and Teaching, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Malini Sur is Director - Higher Degree Research (Graduate Studies) and Teaching at the Institute for Culture and Society. She is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. She has served as the President of Australian Anthropological Society in 2023. A/P Sur 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. She has published in Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History and Modern Asian Studies and has co-edited two Special Issues in CITY and Economic and Political Weekly on urban anthropology. Her work also features in Public Books New York, New Books Network, Conversations in Anthropology and The Polis Project.


  • 2021–present
    Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences