The Malaysia Institute is comprised of academic specialists, PhD candidates, postgraduate and undergraduate students, and professional staff. Our people come from a range of academic fields across ANU, as well as other universities in Australia and Malaysia.


The Director of the Institute is Dr Ross Tapsell Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender, Media and Culture, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Ross’ main research interests focus on new, digital technologies and their relationship to culture, nationalism, media, and politics in Southeast Asia. His ongoing research interests focus on the changing information societies of the Asian region and how this affects freedom of expression, media freedom, political participation and elections.

Advisory Committee

Ross is supported by a ten-member Advisory Committee drawn from different parts of the University, postgraduate students, and interested groups outside the University. Current Advisory Committee members are:

Dr John Funston

is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU. He was previously Associate Director (2002-2004) and Executive Director (2005-2007) of the National Thai Studies Centre, ANU. He has worked on Southeast Asian politics, particularly Malaysia and Thailand, for over four decades, including fourteen years in the region, at the National University of Malaysia (1972-1976), Brunei University (1986-1989), and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (1997-2001).

Ying Xin Show

is Deputy Director of the Malaysia Institute and postdoctoral fellow of the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University. She has broad interests ranging from 20th-century Asian history, movements and literature to contemporary politics and society. She is particularly interested in exploring the history of migration, decolonization and the impact of the Cold War on Asian societies through literature and arts.

Assoc Prof Greg Fealy

is a scholar of Indonesian politics and history, who specialises in Islam. He has written extensively on the politics and culture of major Islamic parties and organisations such as Nahdlatul Ulama, PKS and Hizbut Tahrir, as well as jihadist groups. He has received two ARC grants to study religious commodification and Indonesian terrorism. He has a particular interest in Islamic political doctrines, Islamisation processes and the role of religion in democratic systems.

Dr Mary Kilcline Cody

is an historian in the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific. Her doctoral dissertation The Trial of Mrs Proudlock: Law, Government and Society in British Malaya, 1911 is a literary and forensic deconstruction of a sensational murder trial that rocked the outwardly staid world of colonial Malaya one hundred years ago. See article in The Canberra Times about this research.

Mr Miles Kupa

is a past president of AIIA ACT and a former Australian diplomat with extensive experience both overseas and in Canberra. He was Australia's Ambassador to Thailand and the Philippines, High Commissioner in Malaysia and Singapore, as well as Deputy Head of Mission in Jakarta, Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister Gareth Evans and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In Canberra, he held a range of senior positions: as head of the Foreign Affairs Branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; as head of the Foreign Minister’s Office; and in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including as Deputy Secretary.

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. In 2015, Amrita convened a public policy outreach and development workshop called InterculturAdelaide with the support of the Government of South Australia and in association with the Ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9). She has recently developed a set of contemporary intercultural principles for an Australia that is increasingly enmeshed with Asia and searching for a new place in a multipolar world. Her essay, Intercultural Futures, is forthcoming in Griffith Review 55, State of Hope (2017).

Associate Professor Joshua Neoh

is Sub-Dean (International) at the ANU Law School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and the University Medal) at ANU before completing a Master of Laws at Yale Law School and a PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge. Joshua is a philosopher of law and has published widely in the fields of Legal Theory, Philosophy of Law and Jurisprudence.

Mr Teck Chi Wong

is a research assistant at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute. He completed his Master of Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Dr Eva Nisa

is a cultural anthropologist and expert in Islamic studies. Prior to her post in Anthropology, College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University, she taught in Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Currently, she is also Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington and Honorary Research Associate, the Faculty of Graduate Research, Victoria University of Wellington.

Stewart Nixon

is a PhD candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He completed his BEc, BPsych and Mas.

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