I am a social anthropologist working on marriage and intimacy in the Malay world and Muslim Southeast Asia.
I currently hold a joint appointment as a Visiting Fellow for the Program on Law & Society in the Muslim World at Harvard Law School (2019-2020), and an Evans Fellow on Southeast Asia at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2019-2021).
Prior to moving to Cambridge, MA, I spent the summer of 2019 in Paris as Chercheure Invitée (Guest Researcher) at the Collège d’Études Mondiales – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. I was also a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands, from August 2018 to May 2019, and Affiliated Fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian & Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in the summer of 2018.
I completed my PhD in Social Anthropology under the supervision of Dr. Perveez Mody at Queens’ College, Cambridge in 2018. My doctoral research was based on 14 months of fieldwork in Malaysia and Southern Thailand, where I studied love, cross-border marriage, and polygyny.
After taking a brief hiatus from academia to travel through East Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, I returned to Europe in the summer of 2018 to begin my postdoctoral research career in Leiden.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Anthropology & French Studies from the University of Western Australia, with a semester of exchange at Sciences Po Paris.
I am originally from Johor, Malaysia, of Javanese-Bugis ancestry, but had a nomadic upbringing in Sri Lanka, Ghana, Guinea, and Bangladesh.