PhD Monash University (History), 1999
M. Phil (International Relations) University of Oxford, 1992
BA Hons (Chinese) University of London 1985
Associate Professor Penny Edwards specialises in the modern cultural and political history of Cambodia and Burma, with a focus on textual, material and visual narratives of national, religious, gender and racial identity. Her book Cambodge: The Cultivation of a Nation, 1860 -1945 (Hawai’i University Press, 2007) won the 2009 Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. It explores the crystallisation of concepts of nation in and between Khmer and French secular and religious intellectual milieux. She has authored a number of academic articles and is joint editor of Pigments of the Imagination: Rethinking Mixed Race (a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies, February 2007), Beyond China: Migrating Identities (Centre for the Study of Chinese Southern Diaspora, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, 2002) and Lost in the Whitewash: Aboriginal-Asian Encounters in Australia, 1901 to 2001 (Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 2003). Edwards teaches Undergraduate Course 10A and will be offering a variety of graduate seminars on topics ranging from nationalism to gender and Buddhism.