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
Spring 2016 Tues, Thurs 12-1pm (except Thurs 3 March, Thurs 7 April: 11-12 am)
Associate Professor Penny Edwards specialises in the modern cultural and political history of Cambodia and Burma. Her current research/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.
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).
Her most recent publications (Nov 2015- Feb 2016) include translated 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.
Gender Studies: Also affiliated with the Department of Gender & Women's Studies, she has authored numerous articles on the construction of gender and racialized identities 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 teaches graduate seminars on Gender, Race and Sexuality in Southeast Asia (next offered in Fall 2016) and is currently launching a new freshwo/man seminar Daring Divas: Joyce Bryant, Lin Dai, Marilyn Monroe, Sara Montiel and Dy Saveth.
Chinese Diaspora: Initially trained in Chinese language and literature, Edwards continues to use her Chinese in fieldwork and writing about Southeast Asia, and has published several articles 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).
Buddhism: Also affiliated with the Group in Buddhist Studies, Edwards has published widely on Buddhism in Burma and Cambodia, and offers Upper Division Undergraduate Seminars and a Graduate Seminar in Buddhist Movements of Southeast Asia (next offerings, Spring 2017). 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).