Olivia Khoo is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies. Prior to arriving at Monash she taught film and media at the University of New South Wales and Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. She was a Targeted Research Fellow at Curtin University during 2008-2010.
Olivia joined Film and Screen Studies at Monash University in 2010. She has an interdisciplinary background, holding an Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Olivia’s research centres on transnational Chinese cultures, and Asian and Australian cinemas. She was a Chief Investigator (with Audrey Yue and Belinda Smaill) on an ARC Discovery Project on the History of Asian Australian Cinema (2009-2011). She is currently a Chief Investigator (with Koichi Iwabuchi, Fran Martin and Audrey Yue) on an ARC Discovery Project on media flows between Australia and East Asia (2016-2018). In 2004-5, Olivia was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and in 2005 she received an Australia-China Council Residency Award to the Taipei Artists’ Village in Taiwan. Olivia also received a University of California Humanities Research Institute short term collaborative research residential award to UC Irvine in August 2013, and from January-April 2015 returned to the Asia Research Institute as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow. Olivia is a recipient of a Monash Research Accelerator Award (2013-2014).
Olivia is the author of The Chinese Exotic: Modern Diasporic Femininity (2007) and co-author (with Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue) of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (Lexington, 2013). She is co-editor of four volumes, Futures of Chinese Cinema: Technologies and Temporalities in Chinese Screen Cultures (with Sean Metzger, 2009), Sinophone Cinemas (with Audrey Yue, 2014), the Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia (with Larissa Hjorth, 2016), and Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia (with Daniel Black and Koichi Iwabuchi, 2016). Her essays have appeared in leading international journals including Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Asian Studies Review, Camera Obscura, Screening the Past, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, and GLQ.
She is a series editor of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series at Palgrave Macmillan and an Advisory Board Member of the Monash Asia Institute.