Penny Edwards

Associate Professor

PhD Monash University (History); 1999
M. Phil (International Relations) St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, 1992; BA Hons (Chinese) SOAS, University of London 1985

(510) 642-1926
Address & Office Hours: 

351B Dwinelle

Spring 2018   Tues 11-12, Thurs 11-12


Curriculum Vitae: 

Associate Professor Penny Edwards researches, writes and teaches about cultural pasts and presents in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Cambodia and Burma.  In Spring 2018 she is teaching SSEASN 294 (Graduate Methods Seminar) and SEA129, Literature of Mainland Southeast Asia.

Her current book projects include Incognito: How princes travel, an exploration of the life of the Myngun Prince of Burma, and Moveable Easts: Alexandra David-Néel, Mirra Alfassa, Suzanne Karpelès and the
constructions of Buddhism in France and Empire.  
She recently published “Archival
Detours: Sourcing Colonial History
” in Fiona Paisley and Kirsty Reid, ed. Sources and Methods in Histories of
Colonialism: Approaching the Imperial Archive
 (London: Routledge, 2017), and “Watching the Detectives: the Elusive Exile of Prince Myngoon of
in Ronit Ricci (Ed) Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts,
Honolulu: Hawaii University Press (2016).  

 Her seventh edited volume is Memory
Presenting Southeast Asian Pasts, Issue 21 (2016) of the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, available online at  Her most recent translations include excerpts of Soth Polin's novel L'anarchiste in the international literary journal Words without borders and articles on Soth Polin and Marguerite Duras in the new Southeast Asia literary journal, Mekong Review.  

She has authored numerous articles on gender in colonial and postcolonial Australia, Burma and Cambodia and jointly edited, with Debjani Ganguly and Jacqueline Lo,  Pigments of the Imagination: Rethinking Mixed Race (Journal of Intercultural Studies, February 2007).  She is joint editor with Michel Antelme of Buddhism in Cambodia (Siksacakr Journal of Cambodia Studies #8-#9) and editor and translator of A Short History of the Buddhist Institute (Phnom Penh: Buddhist Institute Press, 2005).  Initially trained in Chinese language and literature, Edwards has also published on the roles, histories and identities of Chinese in Australia, Burma and Cambodia. Her edited volumes on this topic include Mediating Chineseness in Cambodia (with Lorraine Paterson, Cross Currents East Asian History and Culture Review, 2012),  and with Shen-Yuan Fang Lost in the Whitewash: Aboriginal-Asian Encounters in Australia, 1901 to 2001 (Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 2003) and Beyond China: Migrating Identities (Centre for the Study of Chinese Southern Diaspora, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, 2002). She is also affiliated with the Department of Gender & Womens' Studies, and the Group in Buddhist Studies.

 In 2013 she received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs, and in 2009, the Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies for her book Cambodge: The Cultivation of a Nation (Hawai’i University Press, 2007).