Professor Anthony Milner, AM, FASSA, FAIIA, FRHistS

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Institutional Affiliation:  Emeritus Professor, CHL, College of Asia Pacific, ANU; Professorial Fellow, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne; Visiting Professor, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya


Formerly Basham Professor of Asian History at ANU (1994-2013) and Dean of Asian Studies (1996-2005); specialist on Malay history, and also Asian regional relations; theoretical interest in the relation between the discipline of History and Anthropology, Literary Criticism and (in recent years) International Relations. Publications relating to monarchy include Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture on the Eve of Colonial RuleInvention of Politics in Colonial Malaya; and Malaysian Monarchy and the Bonding of the Nation. Visiting posts include Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton – working with Clifford Geertz. PhD, MA Cornell University; BA (History) Monash.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Forthcoming publication deals with the relation between monarchy and Islam in Malaysia. Other current work examines the way in which pre-modern inter-monarchy relations continues to influence foreign policy behaviour today, particularly in the Malaysia case.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Kerajaan Islamization in the Malay World”, in Khairudin Aljuneid (ed), Routledge Handbook of Islam in Southeast Asia (London: Routledge, 2021)

“Long-term themes in Malaysian Foreign Policy: hierarchy diplomacy, non-interference and moral balance”, Asian Studies Review, 44: 1, 2020, 117-135



Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney