Dr Penny Graham

Dr Penny Graham


Dr Penny Graham (BA, Dip Ed, Monash 1972; M.Phil Social Anthropology, University of Oxford 1985; MAPhDAnthropology, The Australian National University 1992) is Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology. She is also Director of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies in the Monash Asia Institute and Executive Director of the Monash University Herb Feith Foundation.


Penny’s research interests include:

  • Anthropology of Southeast Asia
  • Ritual, religion and conversion
  • Asian labour migration
  • Nationalism, ethnicity and the state
  • Orality and literacy



Penny teaches:

  • ATS2625 / ATS3625 – Mobile Worlds: Migrants, Refugees and the Politics of Belonging
  • ATS2376 / ATS3376 – Political Anthropology: Ethnic and National Identities in the Modern World
  • ATS2384 / ATS3384 – Women in Asia: Gender, Tradition and Modernity