I am currently on a joint-appointment with the Departments of Malay Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. I received my tertiary education at Macalester College, Minnesota, Stanford University, California and the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. My previous appointment was as Associate Professor at the University of Science Malaysia in Penang before coming to NUS in 2006. In 2001 I held the Visiting Professorship in ASEAN Studies at the University of Toronto. From 2006 till 2011 I was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. I now teach in the area of Malaysian politics, Islam and gender. I am currently researching the history of the Malaysian Syariah and the construction of Muslimness in the Malay family. I wrote, The Malay Handloom Weavers: A Study of the Rise and Decline of Traditional Manufacture in 1996 and co-authored, Feminism and the Women’s Movement in Malaysia in 2006. Two co-edited books, Changing Marriage Patterns in Southeast Asia: Economic and Socio-Cultural Dimensions,and Melayu: The Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Malayness were published in 2011. Food, friends and family make up the other half of my life (not necessarily in that order!). When laziness does not get in the way I especially enjoy cooking.