I am Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, History and International Relations, University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). Before joining UNM in February 2019, I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), where I served as head of department in 2017. I hold a MA and a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Essex. Currently I also serve as a book review editor of Asiatic, a literature and cultural studies journal focusing on English writings by Asian writers and writers of Asian origin.
I am a political theorist by training. My areas of research specialisation include contemporary ideologies and discourses, multiculturalism, politics of identity, and the relationship between faith and politics, which I analyse through the perspective of poststructuralism. I have also maintained a keen interest in thinking about alternative visions of democratic life across multiple contexts (geographical, religious, cultural etc.) which terms are interim rather than settled, in the spirit of becoming as fleshed out by William E. Connolly.
My teaching and learning interests include normative, critical and applied political theory, political ideologies, and public policy analysis. In UNM I am the convenor of the following modules:
- Power and Contest: Living in a Political World (Year 1)
- Policy and Persuasion (Year 3)
- The Politics of Life (Year 3)
- International Relations of Southeast Asia (PGT)
Using Ernesto Laclau's theory of populism, I am currently researching the formation of political alliances across contemporary Malaysian political history. I am now completing a manuscript which… read more
Using Ernesto Laclau's theory of populism, I am currently researching the formation of political alliances across contemporary Malaysian political history. I am now completing a manuscript which looks at the formation of Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan (HARAPAN) as a populist articulation. In particular, I examine the key (empty and floating) signifiers that have helped stabilised HARAPAN as a discursive phenomenon. Going forward, I'll be examining the formation of other alliances during some of the key moments of Malaysian history as part of a broader project that I have tentatively titled A History of Populism in Malaysia.
The list of my most recent publications can be found on my ORCiD page: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4961-7709