• Faizah Zakaria

    Southeast Asia. Historian. Religion and Ecology.


  • About

    Hello! I am a historian of Southeast Asia, focusing on the environment and religion in the maritime region. I completed my PhD in History at Yale University in 2018.


    I hold a B.Sc. (Hons), double majoring in Mathematics and English, along with an M.A in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore.

    At present, I am assistant professor of history at Nanyang Technological University. Previously, I have held postdoctoral positions at the International Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden University, the Netherlands) and the Mario Einaudi Centre for International Studies (Cornell University, USA).


    I am a podcast host with the New Books Network focusing Environmental Studies and Southeast Asian Studies - feel free pitch me if you'd like to feature your book :)




    My current research focuses on conversions, sacred landscapes, indigenous forest communities and more-than-human relationships in Southeast Asia. I am also doing preliminary archival research on mega-fauna and volcanic eruptions in the region. From past work, I have published on mass violence in the twentieth century and indigenous constructions of health and consumption.


    Click on the 'Projects' tab to read more.


    See the CV below for details. Feel free to email me if you are interested to read any of the full pieces.


    I am interested in exploring interdisciplinary approaches to historical research and incorporating non-conventional archives such as visual and scientific proxy records as well as digital tools.


    Click on 'Reads and Resources' to find an evolving list of digitized sources and databases pertaining to Southeast Asian history, together with news sources on the region and or the environment more broadly. A bibliography on Southeast Asian environmental history can also be found there.

  • Projects

    Spiritual Anthropocene - Converting a Maritime Southeast Asian Uplands

    Book manuscript in progress based on my doctoral dissertation.

    Click the projects button to learn more.


    Photo: A tomb at the North Sumatran uplands, 2016

    Southeast Asia's Ring of Fire - Ways of Knowing in Past and Present

    Research project in progress. Click on the projects button for an overview.


    Photo: Crater of the dormant volcano, Tangkuban Perahu, in West Java, Indonesia, 2012

    The Construction of Charisma in conservation: Mega Fauna in Maritime Southeast Asia

    Research project in progress. Click on the projects button for an overview


    Photo: Dovima with Elephants, first published in Harper's Bazaar, 1955. Credit: Richard Avedon


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