Penny Edwards

Penny Edwards

Associate Professor

(510) 642-1926

Office Location: 351B Dwinelle
Office hours: Spring 2020 Office Hours 2.30-4.30pm Tuesdays

Ph.D. History, Monash University, 1999
M.Phil, International Relations, University of Oxford, 1992
BA Hons, Chinese, SOAS, London, 1985

Research Interests:
I research and write at the intersections of culture, history, literature and memory in Southeast Asia. My primary research areas are 19th and 20th century Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, and I’ve also published on (French India) and Chinese diaspora. Much of my work questions the fixity of national, racial, religious and gender identities.   Key themes guiding my research include exile, identity, narrative, and borders.    My first book Cambodge: the cultivation of a nation (2007), explores the emergence of national identity in colonial Cambodia through multiple vectors including Buddhism, arts, museums, and news media.  My current book explores the itinerant subject of Southeast Asian history through the Myngoon Prince of Burma, whose life straddled Burma, British India, les Indes françaises and French Indochina.

Curriculum Vitae