A life shaped by the transformative potential of education


BA(Hons)(Sri Lanka) PhD(Columbia)

Professor Suvendrini Perera is Deputy Director of the Australia- Asia-Pacific Institute and Research Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin. She has published widely on issues of social justice, including decolonisation, race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, refugee topics, critical whiteness studies and Asian-Australian studies.

Professor Perera began her teaching career at the City University of New York. She has combined her academic career with participation in policymaking, public life and activism. Professor Perera is the author/ editor of seven books, including Reaches of Empire; Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats and Bodies and Survival Media: The Politics and Poetics of Mobility and the War in Sri Lanka.

She is co-editor, with Sherene Razack, of the anthology, At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror and was also instrumental in the making of Call to Account, a documentary on human rights and the Pacific Solution.

Professor Perera was awarded Curtin’s Humanities Researcher of the year (best essay) in 2009 and 2012 and was awarded the Humanities award for Research Excellence (best book) in 2010. She has also received four major research grants and is a founding member of Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites.

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