Associate Professor Sharon A Bong



Associate Professor of Gender Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences

sharon.bong@monash.edu
+603 5514 6126
Room 2-6-13
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Dr Sharon A. Bong is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), Monash University Malaysia which she has served since 2003 in various capacities which presently include the Gender Studies major coordinator, Internship coordinator, and formerly, the Deputy Head of School Education, Postgraduate Coordinator and Undergraduate Course Coordinator. Her multidisciplinary academic background stems from her shift from dead poets to living communities in moving away from literary studies to Women’s Studies and Religious Studies over two decades ago. This leap of faith was in part, precipitated by her involvement in women’s non-governmental organisations since the 1990s at international, regional and national levels that compelled her to seek a greater resonance between theoretical aspirations and practical needs, fuelled by an ethos of social justice and inclusivity, particularly gender justice.

Her research expertise in the intersection of genders, sexualities and religions (including feminist and queer theologies) has led to numerous invitations to publish, deliver keynote addresses, present conference papers, serve as consultant at international, regional and national contexts. Collaborations in Europe include invitations to present on: ‘Religious identity and gender’ at the Catholic Theological Faculty, University of Munster, Munster, Germany (June 2016); ‘Gender, sexuality and Christian feminist movements in Asia’ at the Intensive Summer Programme, University of Münster, Germany (September 2014); and ‘Freedom of religion and gender’ at the International Conference on ‘Freedom of religion: A human right claimed and instrumentalised’, organised by Missio (Aachen), the Franz-Hitze-Haus Academy and Institute for Christian Social Sciences, University of Münster (November 2014).

Collaborations in Asia include invitations to present on: ‘A Gender Perspective on Catholic Sexual Ethics: Who Defines the roles and issues’ at the joint symposium of DAKATEO (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines), ET (European Society for Catholic Theology) and INSeCT (International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology)’s ‘Gender and Ecclesiology: An Intercultural Dialogue’, Philippines (July 2016); ‘To marry or not to marry: The law and sexuality rights in Malaysia’, for Tonan Talk: A Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto, Japan (April 2015); ‘‘The Ecclesia of Women in Asia: Liberating theology’ at the FTESEA/ATESEA Women Theological Educators and Women in Theological Movements Conference, Manila, the Philippines (June 2015); and ‘Women’s rights and religions in Malaysia’ at a seminar organized by the Center for Gender and Women’s Culture in Asia, Nara Women’s’ University, Nara, Japan (February 2011).

Dr Bong continues to harness the research-education nexus by establishing the Gender Studies major at SASS in 2016, a notable career achievement. Units written for this homegrown major, unique to the Malaysia campus (MUM), have not only provided MUM a distinct competitive edge but also gender-inclusive fora for students’ active and meaningful learning. Wider gender-sensitisation, capacity-building and collaborative initiatives include organising the inaugural Genderworks 2017 (undergraduate conference on gender studies in collaboration with the Gender Equity Initiative set up by the Association of Women Lawyers comprising key private universities and colleges) and CoGen 2018 (international conference on gender and sexuality studies in Asia) hosted at MUM.

Her translational research harnesses the academia-industry linkage which she has sustained through her involvement in, among others: the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an academic forum of Catholic feminist women theologising from Asia (since 2004), and Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church as a regular forum writer for the Asian region (since 2011). In addition to the corpus of social commentaries that include radio interviews, her external engagements with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia (MWFCD) include: writing the Third Malaysian government report on the status of women for the CEDAW Committee (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, July 2005) and serving as an academic stakeholder in providing input on the MWFCD’s ‘Gender mainstreaming framework and policy recommendations for the implementation of the 11th Malaysia Plan’. In 2018, she facilitated ‘‘Gender and development awareness training for stakeholders’, for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Malaysia to enable female and male refugee community leaders to better understand their lived realities particularly gender-based violence and opportunities in light of gender binaries and gender equity, and the UNHCR staff and partners to better operationalise the UNHCR’s policy on Age Gender Diversity mainstreaming (October - November 2018).


Qualifications

Ph.D. (Religious Studies), Lancaster University, UK

M.A. (Women and Religion) with Distinction, Lancaster University, UK

M.A. (English Literature), University of Malaya, Malaysia

B.A. (Hons.) (English Literature), University of Malaya, Malaysia


International memberships

  • Catherine of Siena Virtual College, Academic Patron
  • Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Forum writer and Asian Regional Committee of the CTEWC, member
  • Ecclesia of Women in Asia, local conference team (head), and consultant
  • John Wijngaards Catholic Research Centre, Academic Patron
  • UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations Asia-Pacific, Associate


National membership

  • Qualitative Research Association of Malaysia, life member

Research Interests

Dr Bong’s research is in the multidisciplinary fields of gender and sexuality studies and religious studies with a particular focus on Southeast Asia.

Her earlier work on women’s human rights and religions challenge the secularisation (and by extension, universalisation) of human rights with the moral and political imperative to negotiate rights with the lived reality of how integral cultures and religions are in an Asian context. She conceptualised critical relativism as an Asian feminist standpoint and praxis in bringing the conventions home. This is the thesis of her single-authored book The tension between women’s rights and religions: The case of Malaysia (2006). Her chapter ‘Going beyond the universal-versus-relativist rights discourse and practice: The case of Malaysia’ in Violence and gender in the globalised world: The intimate and the extimate published by Ashgate (first published in 2008 and reprinted in 2015), is a textbook for Rutgers University where Dr Bong had been selected as a participant for the 1999 Women's Global Leadership Institute - a two-week training in women’s human rights - organised by the Center for Women's Global Leadership with Charlotte Bunch as its then Executive Director.

Her later work builds on Asian feminist theologising within a feminist-postcolonial framework. Her scholarly contribution in this area lies in foregrounding theologising by Catholic feminists in Asia. This corpus of research and involvement (since 2004) with the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an academic forum of Catholic feminists Asian theologians are mutually constitutive. Publications include contributing chapters in EWA’s edited volumes (of its biennial conferences) that range from Talitha Kum Southeast Asia, a network of religious Catholic sisters combatting trafficking in human persons to a transman’s narrative in negotiating his sexuality and spirituality and co-editing EWA’s third book Re-imagining marriage and family in Asia: Asian Christian women’s perspectives (2008). She has foregrounded EWA as a movement in invitations to publish in The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of gender and sexuality studies (2016) as well as The Oxford handbook of Christianity in Asia (2014) and Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church (2014) published by Oxford University Press and Orbis Books, respectively.

Dr Bong’s research also extends into queer theologising. The focus on embodiment gleaned from narratives of suffering, resisting and healing began in 2002 (in the final year of her PhD candidature at Lancaster University, UK) with an invitation to publish by Concilium (an International journal of theology and religious studies). Data generated from 30 narratives of persons in same-sex partnerships in Malaysia and Singapore resulted in several publications, notably with journals such as Marriage and Family Review (2011), Journal of Bisexuality (2011) and Asian Christian Review (2009). A further invitation to publish by Routledge on ‘Transgender’ in Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality (2018) ensued.

Dr Bong is also privileged to have received recognition of her expertise from the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church where she serves as a regular forum writer for the Asian region (since 2011) in offering theological reflections on topics as diverse as: parodying female subservience of the Obedient Wives Club, breaking the silence and shaming of victims of gang rapes, arguing for an an inclusive Gospel of Families in affirming LGBTIQ parenting, positing critical relativism in recognising some forms of female circumcision as differentiated from Female Genital Mutilation, forging the intimate connection between climate justice and gender justice, and demystifying the compassionate caning of two lesbian women.


Research Projects

Dr Bong’s current research delves into the intersection of climate justice and gender justice from a queer ecofeminist theoretical and theological framework. She problematically argues for the de-centring of the human in creation to paradoxically realise social justice and inclusion of all beings (including non-human and others). The invitation to publish in Planetary solidarity: Global women’s voices on Christian doctrine and climate justice (2017) precipitated this interest. She critically analyses, from a feminist lens, the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si, a gender-neutral text which focuses on human accountability in arresting the ecological crises.

Related research projects include the ethics of eating meat and queer ecofeminism which draws on conversations threads woven among Laudato Si, a feminist ethics of care towards animals (as non-human) primarily based on Carol J. Adams’ writings (on vegan feminism among others) and ecofeminisms which essentially posits the parallelism between the diversity of genders and sexualities and biological diversity. To what extent need this be a post-Christian endeavour?

Technology in the service of humanity from a gendered perspective calls to question not only how we understand our place in this world but also what it means to be human in relation to other humans, other species and the environment at large. The paper (an invitation to publish in Concilium) traces ontological and theological shifts through the trope of the womb as cosmic, material, and virtual sites of contestation: firstly, through the centring of the human in creation based on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si; and secondly, the decentring of the human in creation through reproductive technologies, e.g. artificial wombs and its implications for the unborn, women, pregnant (trans)men.

Queer body of Christ from an ecclesiastical perspective in the Asian context seeks to explore the significance of queer theory for theology through the prism of human anthropology (what does it mean to be human beyond the gender binaries and heteronormativity of a Christian framework) and how this brings to bear on the body of Christ (Christology) within an Asian (postcolonial) context. This is also an invitation to publish by Concilium.


Education

Dr Bong’s expertise is wide and ranges across women’s studies (women’s rights, narratives, movements), gender and sexuality studies (sexual reproductive health and rights in global contexts, lived realities of LGBTIQ persons and communities), religious studies (the intersectionality of genders, sexualities and religions or theologies), area studies (Southeast Asia), and feminist methods, methodologies and epistemologies as a qualitative practitioner (using Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, e.g. ATLAS.ti and NVivo). Over the past 15 years as an educator at Monash University Malaysia (MUM), she has  taught a wide-ranging field of units at undergraduate, Honours and Masters levels. The first decade of her career at Monash (since 2003) was dedicated in part, to facilitating creative writing labs - AMU3857 Writing Techniques and AMU3858 Writing Experiments - which she has  since relinquished with the establishment of the Gender Studies major in 2016. She is recipient of the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (in 2011, 2012) and has received outstanding unit evaluation results for AMU3560, AMU2907, ATS2906 (now AMU2906), WRT34221 (now AMU3857) and AMU3858.

The establishment of the Gender Studies major is a career achievement built on seven homegrown units that Dr Bong had written comprising: two gateway units - AMU1310 Introduction to Gender Studies and AMU1309 Introduction to Sexuality Studies; two cornerstone units - AMU2906 Genders, Sexualities and Religions in Southeast Asia and  AMU2908 Critical Methodologies for Action Research (using feminist and queer methodologies); two capstone units - AMU3560 Contemporary Feminisms in Asia and AMU3744 Workplace Learning Internship; and AMU2907 Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Global Contexts. The major is featured in the Overview of Women’s and Gender Studies in Malaysia (Ng et al., 2018) and offers the Malaysia campus a competitive edge - nationally, regionally and globally - as the units are not only contextualised in Asia (which presents particular challenges to the affirmation of gender justice) but are also in conversation with global contexts, discourses and practices.

The major serves as praxis for the gender diversity and inclusion ethos of Monash. Dr Bong’s passion in women’s studies, gender and sexuality studies has infectiously spread to her students who in turn, have sustained her 10-year vision  of establishing the major at MUM. She is a firm believer in empowering students not only in harnessing their theoretical, methodological and practical (e.g. problem solving) skills but also instilling in them a profound appreciation for realising gender justice for themselves and their communities.

Empowering the young had also been impetuses to introducing rites of initiation at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, namely; the Transition Programme to facilitate the transitioning of first-year Arts undergraduates to the culture of learning and teaching at Monash and its corollary, the credit-bearing internship unit (in 2011) to facilitate the transitioning of soon-to-be Arts graduates as work-ready and employable for the workplace.

Edited Book

Bong, Sharon A. (Ed.). (2014). Trauma, Memory and Transformation in Southeast Asia. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Strategic information and Research Development Centre (SIRD).


Book chapters

Bong, S. A. (2018). The feminist praxis of Talitha Kum Southeast Asia: Combatting trafficking in persons to realizing human dignity. In Virginia Saldanha and Metti Amirtham, SCC (Eds.) The 21st century woman still claiming her space: Asian feminist theological perspectives (pp. 87-107). New Delhi: Media House.

Bong, S. A. (2018). Transgender. In Lisa Isherwood and Dirk von der Horst (Eds.) Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality (pp. 40-52). London and New York: Routledge.

Bong, S. A. (2018). The power of transformation and transforming power: A Malaysian female-to-male transgender person’s narrative. In Jeane Peracullo and Andrea Lizares Si (Eds.) Liberating power: Asian feminist theological perspectives (pp. 13-33). Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Liberating-Power-Theological-Perspectives-Conference-ebook/dp/B078XM9VXJ

Bong, S. A. (2017). Not only for the sake of man: Asian feminist theological response to Laudato Si. In Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Hilda P. Koster (Eds.) Planetary solidarity: Global women’s voices on Christian doctrine and climate justice (pp. 81-96). Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Bong, S. A. (2017). The roots of human dignity in a Southeast Asian context. In Klaus Krämer and Klaus Vellguth (Eds.) Human dignity: Discourses on Universality and Inalienability (pp. 71-78).Quezon City: Claretian Communications Foundation, Inc.

Bong, S. A. (2016). A God by any other name. In Lúcás Chan Yiu Sing, James F. Keenan and Shaji George Kochuthara (Eds.), Doing Asian theological ethics in a cross-cultural and an interreligious context (181-193). Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications.

Bong, S. A. (2016). Women's and Feminist Activism in Southeast Asia. The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of gender and sexuality studies (pp. 1–5). Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss593/pdf (institutions/organisations). DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss593.

Bong, S. A. (2016). Women's Ways of Knowing. The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of gender and sexuality studies (pp. 1–3). Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss597/pdf (philosophy/ethics). DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss597.

Bong, S. A. (2016). Zum pluralismus der Menschenwürde im südostasiatischen kontext (On the pluralism of human dignity in the Southeast Asian context). In Klaus Krämer and Klaus Vellguth (Eds.), Menschenwűrde: Diskurse zur universalität und unveräußerlichkeit (Human Dignity: Discourse on universality and inalienability) (pp. 100-110). Freiburg, Basel and Vienna: Herder.

Bong, Sharon A. (2015). Going beyond the universal-versus-relativist rights discourse and practice: The case of Malaysia. In Sanja Bahun-Radunović and V. G. Julie Rajan (Eds.), Violence and gender in the globalised world: The intimate and the extimate (pp. 27-44) (2nd ed.). Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate.

Bong, Sharon A. (2015). Negotiating tensions in the discourses of gender, sexuality and religion. In James Chin and Joern Dosch (Eds.), Malaysia post-Mahathir: A decade of change? (pp. 169-194). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.

Bong, Sharon A. (2014). Gender, sexuality and Christian feminist movements in Asia. In Felix Wilfred (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of Christianity in Asia (pp. 182-194). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bong, Sharon A. (2014). In the name of Allah: Containment of trauma and memory in Malaysia. In Sharon A. Bong (Ed.), Trauma, memory and transformation: Southeast Asian experiences (pp. 145-167). Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Strategic information and Research Development Centre (SIRD).

Bong, Sharon A. (2014). Sacralizing time and space through an epistemology of peace: A feminist reading of DiscipleSFX of Malaysia. In Agnes M Brazal and Kochurani Abraham (Eds.), Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity (pp. 119-139). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Bong, Sharon A. (2014). The Ecclesia of Women in Asia: Liberating theology. In Linda F. Hogan and A. E. Orobator (Eds.), Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church (pp. 64-71). Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books.


Journal articles

Bong, Sharon A. (2012). Decolonizing Malaysian theologies. Asian Christian Review,6(1), 67-89.

Bong, Sharon A. (2011). Negotiating resistance/resilience through the nexus of spirituality -sexuality of same-sex partnerships in Malaysia and Singapore. Marriage and Family, Review, 47(8), 648-665. doi: 10.1080/01494929.2011.619305.

Bong, Sharon A. (2011). Beyond queer: An epistemology of bi choice. Journal of Bisexuality, 11(1), 39-63. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2011.545304.


Social Commentaries

Bong, Sharon A. (2018, September 30). Compassionate caning: To educate not hurt the person. The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church). Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/compassionate-caning-to-educate-not-hurt-the-person

Bong, Sharon A. (2018, February 3). EWA tasting and seeing Christ as the Bread of Life, Rice of Life and the Meat of Life. The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church). Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/ewa-tasting-and-seeing-christ-as-the-bread-of-life-rice-of-life-and-the-meat-of-life

Bong, Sharon A. (2017, May 30). Asia’s diversity and gender diversity. The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church). Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/asias-diversity-and-gender-diversity

Bong, Sharon A. (2016, October 30). What’s gender got to do with climate justice? The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church). Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/whats-gender-got-to-do-with-climate-justice?utm_source=November+1%2C+2016&utm_campaign=CTEWC+Constant+Contact+&utm_medium=email.

Bong, Sharon A. (2016, March 1). Caring for our common home. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/caring-for-our-common-home?utm_source=March+1%2C+2016&utm_campaign=CTEWC+Constant+Contact+&utm_medium=email.

Bong, Sharon A. (2015, September 2). Citizen’s call out. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/citizens-call-out?utm_source=September+FIRST%2C+2015&utm_campaign=CTEWC+Constant+Contact+&utm_medium=email.

Bong, Sharon A. (2015, May 1). A poor woman’s dignity. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/a-poor-womans-dignity?utm_source=May+FIRST%2C+2015&utm_campaign=CTEWC+Constant+Contact+&utm_medium=archive.

Bong, Sharon A. (2015, January 1). Religion or rights: The higher moral ground. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/religion-or-rights-the-higher-moral-ground.

Bong, Sharon A. (2014, September 3). A home to call one’s own. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/a-home-to-call-ones-own.

Bong, Sharon A. (2014, May 3). Not containing trauma and memory in the name of Allah. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/catholic-theological-ethics-in-the-world-church-forum-asia.

Bong, Sharon A. (2013, December). The Gospel of Families. The First (Newsletter of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church). Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/the-gospel-of-families.

Bong, Sharon A. (2013, July 30). Casinos, connections, contestations. The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/casinos-connections-contestations.

Bong, Sharon A. (2013, March 8). What’s in a name? The First. Retrieved from http://www.catholicethics.com/forum-submissions/whats-in-a-name1.

External grants

Pickering, S., Tazreiter, C., Powell, R., and Bong, S. A., 2014-2016: Women’s decision-making and information sharing in the course of migration. DIBP-ANU (Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian National University) Collaborative Research Programme, AUD$33,813.

Internal grants

Goh, Joseph N.; Bong, S. A., and Kananatu, T., 2018: International Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Asia. Global Asia 21 (GA21), Monash University Malaysia, RM15,000

Fagenblat, M., Landau, M., Mews, C., Barton, G., George, S., Wolski, N., Aly, W., Bong, S. A., 2008: Internationalising interreligious studies: Collaboration, International Strategic Initiatives Fund, Monash University Australia, AUD$15,000.

Bong, S. A. 2007: Re-imagining marriage and faith through the narratives of same-sex partners in Southeast Asia, New Appointee’s Research Grant Plan, Monash University Australia, AUD$6.000.

Areas of Research & Supervision

Potential areas of supervision include: the intersection of climate justice and gender justice particularly from a queer ecofeminist perspective, sexual reproductive health and rights with a focus in Southeast Asian contexts, the intersection of genders, sexualities with rights and religions, Asian feminist and queer theologies


Postgraduate (Monash University)

PhD

Vizla Kumaresan (with associate supervisor: Associate Professor Muhammad Kamruzzaman Mozumder [External])

Trans Men in Malaysia: Examining the psychological and decision making processes in becoming men

2018-present

Laura Eva Wong (with associate supervisor: Dr Joseph N Goh)

Making Masculinity: Being “Butch” in Singapore

2016-present

Jacqui Kong Huiyi (with main supervisor: Associate Professor Andrew Ng Hock Soon)

Serving up ethnicities: Chinese celebrity chefs and the search for identity

2011-present

Alwyn Lau Wing Wang (with associate supervisor: Dr. Christopher Chong  [External])

Intimating The Unconscious : Politics, Psychoanalysis and Theology in Malaysia

2011-2016

Ng Siow San (with associate supervisor: Professor Padmasiri De Silva [MUA])

Inner guidance of Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese Buddhist pilgrims

2012-2016

Joseph N Goh (with associate supervisor: Rev Dr. Robert Shore-Goss [external])

Piercing transcendence: a queer theorising and theologising of non-heteronormative Malaysia men

2012-2015

Shafizan Mohamed (with main supervisor Dr Andy Ruddock, associate supervisor Dr Brett Hutchins [MUA])

Blogging and Citizenship: the Lived Experience of Malaysian Bloggers

2008-2014

Masters (research)

Eugene Chua Kee Hong (with main supervisor Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Ng)

Black Humour: Comic Darkness in Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut’s Fiction

2007-2010

Awards and commendations

  • 2018 Vice Chancellors Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Long Service Award (2018) – 15 years of service in Monash University Malaysia
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Long Service Award (2013) – 10 years of service in Monash University Malaysia
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation for Excellence in Education (March, 2017) – establishment of the Gender Studies major
  • Vice-Provost’s (Learning and Teaching) commendation on outstanding unit evaluation result for AMU2907 Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Global Contexts, Semester 2, 2016
  • Vice-Provost’s (Learning and Teaching) commendation on outstanding unit evaluation result for AMU3858 Writing Experiments, Semester 2, 2015
  • Vice-Provost’s (Learning and Teaching) commendation on outstanding unit evaluation result for AMU3560 Contemporary Feminisms in Asia, Semester 1, 2015
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Round 2, 2012)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Round 1, 2012)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service (Round 1, 2012)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research (Round 2, 2011)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Round 2, 2011)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Community Service Award, Monash University 2007
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President’s (Education) commendation on outstanding unit evaluation result for ATS3858 Writing Experiments, Semester 2, 2012
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s (Education) commendation on outstanding unit evaluation result for ATS2906 Genders, Sexualities and Religions in Southeast Asia, Semester 2, 2011
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s (Education) commendation on teaching excellence for GND2070/3070 Rethinking Global Culture: Sex, Race, Consumption, Semester 2, 2010
  • Dean’s Commendation of Excellence in teaching for outstanding teaching in WRT3421 Writing Techniques and GND2010/3010 Contemporary Feminist Theory, Semester 1, 2010; GND2070/3070 Rethinking Global Culture: Sex, Race, Consumption, Semester 2, 2009
  • Chevening (British High Commissioner’s Award) 1999-2002
  • Chevening (British High Commissioner’s Award) 1995-1996