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Trixie Tangit (aka Trixie Kinajil)

PhD Anthropology, Australian National University

Trixie Kinajil is trained in education, linguistics and anthropology and has worked as a school teacher and as an advocate for indigenous minorities in Malaysia. Her PhD thesis - "Ethnic labels and identity of the Penampang Kadazans in Sabah, Malaysian-Borneo" - details the identity (re)construction of the predominantly non-Muslim Kadazans against the more fixed ethnic categories (Muslim/non-Muslim; native/migrant) of the Malaysian government. She is currently working on turning her thesis into a book.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
  • 2019–2019
    Senior Lecturer, University College Sabah Foundation


  • 2018 
    Australian National University (ANU), PhD/ Anthropology
  • 2005 
    University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH), MA/ Linguistics
  • 1997 
    Michigan State University (MSU), BSc/ Child Development (emphasis in Community Services)