Curriculum Vitae


Senior Lecturer
  • Gender Studies
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • +603-79675447


Alicia Izharuddin is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences. She received her PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2014. At Universiti Malaya, she teaches 'Gender and Sexuality' and 'Gender, Science, and Technology'. She has published in Signs, Asian CinemaIndonesia and the Malay World, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. She is from Petaling Jaya and has lived in Oxford, London, Jakarta, and San Diego.

Alicia is interested in social, critical, and queer theory and the study of media and cinema in the Southeast Asian context. Students interested in feminist politics and theory, gender, sexuality, queer and trans identities and looking for research advice and thesis/dissertation supervision are especially welcome.


    Malaysia, Indonesia, film and media, queer identities, genre, religious popular culture, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic class relations


  • PhD (Gender Studies), (Gender)
    University of London, Uk
  • MA (Gender Studies), (Gender Studies)
    University of London, Uk
  • BSc (Hons)(Genetic)(Distinction), (Genetik)
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)


  • Panel Pasukan Penyiasat
    11 Apr 2018 - 11 Jun 2018 (University Malaya)
  • Coordinator of Gender Studies Seminar Series
    09 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017 (Faculty)
  • Departmental representative of the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee
    12 Aug 2015 - 31 Jan 2017 (Faculty)


Article in Journal
  1. Izharuddin, A. (2019). Does sociology need decolonizing? International Sociology, 34(2), 130-137.
  2. Izharuddin, A. (2018). "Free hair": Narratives of unveiling and the reconstruction of self. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 44(1), 155-176.
  3. Izharuddin, A. (2019). Precarious intellectuals: The freelance academic in Malaysian higher education. Kajian Malaysia, 36(2), 1-20.
  4. Izharuddin, A. (2017). Review article [review of Under Bright Lights, There Goes the Gayborhood, and Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia]. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 48(2), 319-324
  5. Izharuddin, A. (2017). Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia (Review)
  6. Izharuddin, A. (2016) Ideologische Grabenk mpfe und LGBTQ-Identit ten im multi-kulturellen Malaysia. S dostasien. 1/2016, 1-2.
  7. Izharuddin, A. (2016) What is 'Islamic' about Islamic cinema?
  8. Alicia Izharuddin. 2015. Pain and pleasures of the look: The female gaze in Malaysian horror film. Asian Cinema 26(2): 135-152.
  9. Alicia Izharuddin. 2015. The Muslim woman in Indonesian cinema and the face veil as Other. Indonesia and the Malay World 43(127)
  10. Alicia Izharuddin. 2015. The short films of Mien Ly and an articulation of feminist queer theory. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific Issue 38.
  11. Alicia Izharuddin. 2013. Same-sex intimacies in Mairil and the queering of authenticity. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 14(4): 538-550.
  12. Alicia Izharuddin. 2013. The use of English in contemporary Malaysian feminist activism. 2013. Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies 1(15):1-20
  1. Izharuddin, A. (2017) Gender and Islam in Indonesian cinema. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Chapter in Books
  1. Izharuddin, A. (2018). The new Malay woman: The rise of the modern female subject and transnational encounters in postcolonial Malay literature. In G.V.S. Chin and K. Mohd Daud (Eds.), The Southeast Asian woman writes back (pp. 55-70). Singapore: Springer.
  2. Izharuddin, A. 2012. Melancholic masculinity and representations of 'traditional' homoeroticism in an Indonesian novel. In Worthington, Ann (ed.). Queer sexualities: staking out new territories in queer studies, pp. 111-126, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.


  1. 2018 - 2019, Bantuan Kecil Penyelidikan (BKP)
    Intimacy Reconsidered: Muslim Femininities, Neoliberalism, Status And The Illiberal Turn ( Principal Investigator(PI))
  2. 2018 - 2019, RU Operation
    Intimacy Reconsidered: Muslim Femininities, Neoliberalism, Status And The Illiberal Turn ( Principal Investigator(PI))


  1. Interview as therapy, International Seminar on Research on Social Justice, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (International) (30 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018)
  2. Intimacy Reconsidered: The romance industry and sexual capital in transition in Malaysia, Contemporary Media Practices and Religious Encounters workshop, Institute for Social Anthropology (International) (03 May 2018 - 04 May 2018)
  3. Dato Vida and vagaries of Malay femininity, Cultural Intimacies of Malay media, performing arts and literature, Maznah Mohamad, NUS. (International) (28 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018)
  4. Silence and consent: continuum of non-veiling, Malay femininity, and the new Islamisation in Malaysia, Southeast Asian Studies Seminar Series, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (International) (23 Mar 2016 - 23 Mar 2016)
  1. Pink diamonds and a pink Lamborghini: Reflections on personal narrative, charisma, and the rethinking of shame as political affect , International Conference on Gender and Sexuality (CoGen 2018), Monash University, Sunway, Malaysia (National) (12 Nov 2018 - 14 Nov 2018)
  2. Cinema of misrecognition: Islam, gender, and the terrorist in contemporary Indonesian film , Association of Southeast Asian Cinemas (ASEACC 2018), ASEACC (International) (23 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018)
  3. Silence and consent: Continuum of non-veiling, Malay femininity and the new Islamisation in Malaysia, Religious Transformations in Asia, Australian National University (International) (07 Apr 2016 - 09 Apr 2016)
  1. Panel on Gender Rights in Indonesia and Malaysia, 2nd Workshop on Democracy and Human Rights in Malaysia and Indonesia: Paths and Outcomes, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya (University) (02 Jun 2016 - 03 Jun 2016)


  1. (2018) Blinder reviewer for Indonesia and the Malay World, (Reviewer)
  2. (2018) MA Thesis, 'Family and the Melayu Baru: Motherhood and Malay-Muslim Identity' , (External Examiner)
  3. (2017) Blind reviewer for SEARCH: The Journal of the South East Asia Research Centre for Communication and Humanities , (Reviewer)
  4. (2017) External assessor for Masters candidature defense, 'Pelaksanaan metodologi penyelidikan melibatkan sampel orang kurang upaya penglihatan menurut perspektif emik', (External Examiner)
  5. (2017) External examiner for Masters thesis, 'Mak Nyah Cabaret Performers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor' , (External Examiner)
  6. (2017) External assessor for PhD candidature defense, 'Community-based rehabilitation programme for acid assault victims: A case study of Bangladesh , (External Examiner)
  7. (2017) Blind reviewer for International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies, (Reviewer)
  8. (2017) Blind reviewer for Plaridel, (Reviewer)
  9. (2017) Blind reviewer for Feminist Media Studies, (Reviewer)
  10. (2016) Blind peer reviewer for Akademika, (Reviewer)
  11. (2016) Blind peer reviewer of an article for Feminist Media Studies, (Reviewer)
  12. (2015) Peer reviewer of an academic article in Women's Studies International Forum., (Reviewer)
  13. (2015) (Non-blind) peer reviewer of Intan Paramaditha's Doctoral dissertation, 'The Wild Child's Desire: Cinema, Sexual Politics, and the Experimental Nation in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia', (Reviewer)
  14. (2014) Peer reviewer of one academic article in Plaridel: Journal of Philippine Communication, Media and Society., (Reviewer)
  15. (2012) Peer referee for an academic article in Culture, Society, and Masculinities., (Reviewer)
Contribution to external organisation
  1. (2018) Filmmaking Workshop Outreach Programme, ASTRO, National


Postgraduate Student
PhD/ Doctoral
  1. (2018) Sexual fluidity among men and women in Malaysia: Statistical descriptions, contexts, and narratives of change, John Matthew Pinto A/L Edward Pinto
  2. (2016) Broadcasting of Dakwah and Malaysian Islamic Popular Culture, Syed Ahmad Faisal Alhabshi Syed Abdullah


  1. (2017) AZEA1103 - Theory in Gender Studies
  2. (Others) AZEA1101 - Introduction to Gender Studies
  3. (Others) AZEA2306 - Gender, Science and Technology
  4. (Others) AZEA3306 - Gender dan Seksualiti


  • Feminist Reading Group, (01 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)