Due to the internationalisation mission of the University, each year the Department hosts some Visiting Scholars from around the world. Visiting academics generally hold a Senior Lecturer post and many of them have been foreign scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree abroad or have outstanding previous teaching experience and their current research interests focus on Malaysian politics and international relations.


Dr. Sang Wuk Ahn (2016-20117)

Prior to joining the University of Malaya, Associate Professor Dr. Sang Wuk Ahn is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International and Area Studies, Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea since 2011. Before that, he was a Lecturer in International Relations at the Hanseo University in Seosan, Korea (2008-2009), and a Researcher at the Asia-Pacific Research Centre, Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr Ahn is a recipient of Fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which he completed his PhD in European Economics from Paris-Sorbonne University, France. Upon graduating with First Class Honours in his first degree from the Seoul National University, he was awarded with a scholarship from the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies in order for his to pursue his postgraduate studies. He is also affiliated with the Korean Society of Contemporary European Studies. Dr Ahn’s research on political economy of trade and regionalism between Europe and East Asia has appeared in numerous peer-review journals, including the Journal of Contemporary European StudiesContemporary Asia Pacific Studies, and the EU Studies


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Dr. Syeda Naushin Parnini(2009-2014)

Born in 1973, She obtained BSc. in International Relations from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1995, and MSc. in International Relations from the same University in 1997. Between 1998 and 2001, she served as an Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Establishment, the Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka. Between 2002 and 2004, she was awarded a Fellowship Bursary from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and held a post of Teaching Assistant between 2002 and 2008 at University of Tsukuba. In 2004, she completed MA in Area Studies from Graduate School of International Political Economy, Tsukuba University, Japan. Since 2004, she is a Member of Western Social Science Association. In 2005, she was appointed as one of the Editorial Board Members for the International Journal of the Humanities. In 2006, she was appointed as the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Between 2005 and 2008, she received The Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese Government and eventually completed her PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Prior to joining the University of Malaya between 2009 and 2014 as the Visiting Senior Lecturer, she served as the Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Establishment, The Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka.


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Dr. Trevor Parfitt (2010-2012)

Trevor Parfitt is currently a Professor in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Nottingham University, (Malaysian campus). He has also been a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya as well as a Reader in International Development at the University of East London and Associate Professor at The American University in Cairo. His research interests are in the broad field of International Political Economy and he has been published in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Political Studies and The Journal of International Development, as well as publishing three monographs. He obtained PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester, UK.  


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Dr. M. Mayilvaganan (2009-2011)

M. Mayilvaganan is an Assistant Professor in the International Strategic and Security Studies programme at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. He earned a doctorate degree in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Prior to joining NIAS, he was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya, based at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he taught about South Asia in International Relations, Modern Warfare and International Politics. His past positions include Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi (2006-2009) specialising in Sri Lanka in particular and South Asia in general; Advocacy and Communication Officer at the South Asian Research & Development Initiative (SARDI), New Delhi (Jan. 2005-Dec 2005); Research Assistant in the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (Colombo) project “Terrorism in India” at the Department of South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Dec. 2003 to Dec. 2004); Research Associate in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi (Jan. 2003 to Dec. 2003), specialising on Kashmir issues. His research interests include strategic and security issues in South Asia, China, US and Japan. He has published several articles and commentaries on a variety of topics related to South Asia. He has also participated in various international and national seminars and given lectures at various institutes, besides appearing for various print and visual media interviews.


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Dr. Charles Simon Aaron (2009-2010)

Dr. Aaron is an African-Canadian with a strong Guyanese heritage, and a bilingual speaker of both English and French. Born in Ontario, Canada and had spent his childhood in Bristol, England. He obtained his Master of Arts in Political Science in 1988 from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, and received a PhD in Social and Political Thoughts in 2002 from York University, Canada. In 2008, he published his first book, Atlantic Slave Trade: Empire Enlightenment and Cult of the Unthinking Negro with Edwen Mellen Publishing Group. During his scholarly year at the Department, he dedicated himself of the teaching of Research Methodology module at the postgraduate level. Additionally he possessed a deeper understanding concerning cultural sensitivities and potential Western bias in the contemporary production of scientific knowledge productions, which has been derived from his personal intellectual convictions on Post-Colonialism, Black political movements and Trans-Atlantic slave trade which shaped modern history and comparative politics.



Last Updated: 02/05/2019