Distinguished Professor Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

Professor Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin (Shamsul A.B.)

Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM);

Principal Fellow, Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Room No: 2

Tel No: + 603-8921 4807

Email Address: shamsul_ab@yahoo.com

Professor in Social Anthropology (from 1991), Shamsul Amri Baharuddin has more than 30 years of teaching & research experience (since 1973) with Universiti Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), including short stints at CNRS Paris, Bielefeld University, Germany, Osaka University & Kyoto University, Japan, Leiden University, The Netherlands, Lund University, Sweden, UNPAD, Indonesia, National University of Singapore (NUS), University of Hawaii, Harvard University, and University of Melbourne & Monash University, Australia. He was Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (1997-1999), Director, Institute of the Malay World & Civilization (ATMA), 1999-2007, Founding Director, Institute of Occidental  Studies (IKON) 2005-2007 and the Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM, from 2007 to date. He has successfully supervised 23 PhDs and 15 Masters. Another 11 PhDs and 2 Masters are works in progress. He has published widely locally and internationally on development studies, Islamic modernity, colonialism and knowledge production, nations and nationalism, identity formation and popular culture and edited (2007) the Module on Ethnic Relations, a compulsory university course on ethnic relations, for 21 Malaysian public universities. He is also sought after by local and international mass media (Al-Jazeera, BBC, ABC, etc) as an analyst on Malaysian current affairs. In 2008 he won the Laureate Academic Prize of the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize, Japan. Most recently he was elevated to Distinguished Professor by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

EDUCATION: BA Hons (Best student prize) in Anthropology & Sociology, Universiti Malaya, 1973; MA in Sociology of Development, University of Malaya,1976; PhD in Social Anthropology, Monash University, Australia, 1983.

RESEARCH: “Identity Formation & Nation-Building in Newly-Independent Countries”; “Islamic Revivalism and Modernity in Southeast Asia”; “Colonialism and its form of knowledge: The British Empire”; “Education as cultural capital in a Plural Societies of ASEAN.”


  • Deputy Chair, National Council of Professors, Malaysia, 2010-
  •  Member, International Panel of Advisors, ISEAS, Singapore, 2006 –
  •  Member, Asian Studies Association (AAS), USA, 2009
  • Pro-tem President, Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities, Malaysia, 2009-


International Journal of Asian Studies (CUP); Journal of Comparative Development Studies (Hong Kong) Indonesian Journal of Social Sciences (Jakarta); Journal of Asian Anthropology (Australia); Kajian Malaysia (Malaysian Studies), USM; AlJamaiah: Journal of Islamic Studies (Yogjakarta); Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge).


Universiti Malaya; Universiti Putra Malaysia; Universiti Sains Malaysia; Universiti Utara Malaysia; AUSTRALIA: University of Melbourne; Monash University; Griffith University; Murdoch University; Swinburne University of Technology; University of Sydney; Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia; OTHERS: City University of New York (CUNY), USA; National University of Singapore (NUS); University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

PUBLICATIONS (Significant 10):

1. From British to Bumiputera Rule: Local Politics and Rural Development in Peninsular Malaysia. Singapore:

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1986, reprinted 1990, 2nd ed 2004 [finalist – Harry J. Benda Prize 1987/88, Association for Asian Studies, USA, and Edgar Graham Book Prize 1988, SOAS University of London.]

2. Japanese Anthropologists and Malaysian Society: Contributions to Malaysian Ethnography, Senri Ethnological

Studies no.48, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 1998. [Co-editor Tomiyuki UESUGI].

3. Social Anthropology of the Malays – Collected Essays of M.G. Swift, UKM Press, Bangi, 2001.

4. The Challenges of Critical Academia Special Issue, Journal of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, vol. 2, No. 2, August 2001, [Co-editor Allen Chun].

5. Membina Bangsa Malaysia [Building a Malaysian Nation), Vol. 1, 2 & 3, Kuala Lumpur: Jabatan Perpaduan Negara, 2003. [co-edited with Rahimah A.Aziz, Abdul Rahman Embong, Mohamed Yusoff Ismail, Kamaruddin M.Said].

6. Modul Hubungan Etnik [Ethnic Relations Module], MOHE: UITM University Press, 2007

7. ”Social Science in Southeast Asia observed: a Malaysian viewpoint”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2(2), 2001:177-198.

8. “Nations-of-Intent in Malaysia,” in Asian Forms of the Nation, edited by Stein Tonnesson and Hans Antlov, London: Curzon and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 1996: 323-47.

9. “Malaysia,” The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, [Editor-In-Chief, Robert Wuthnow], vol. 1, Congressional Quarterly Inc., Washington, D.C., 1998: 490-492.

10. ”A History of an Identity, an Identity of a History: The Idea and Practice of ‘Malayness’ in Malaysia Reconsidered, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 32(3), 2001: 355-366.

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