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The Australian National University

Dr Mary Kilcline Cody

B.Asian Studies (Hons), PhD (ANU)
Lecturer in Southeast Asian History, Tuckwell Fellow, School of Culture, History and Languages
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 61254272

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 2103
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Asian History 210302

Research interests

History of Malaysia and Singapore, empire in Southeast Asia, expatriate/settler societies, British in Malaya, French in Malaya, microhistory, murder trials, public inquiries, colonial law and society in Southeast Asia, the lives and fiction of W. Somerset Maugham and Henri Fauconnier.


I am an historian of colonial Southeast Asia in the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific. 

I work with English, French, Dutch, Indonesian and Malay primary sources and my research interests include law in the domains of culture, English and French colonial enclaves in Southeast Asia, literature and history, the lives and works of W. Somerset Maugham and Henri Fauconnier, and the colonial patent medicines.  

My book manuscript  - The Trial of Mrs Proudlock: Law, Government and Society in British Malaya, 1911 - (forthcoming) -is  a literary and forensic deconstruction of a sensational murder trial that rocked the outwardly staid world of colonial Malaya one hundred years ago.  

See French article about this research in

See English article in The Canberra Times

My latest research project explores the life and work of the French writer, Henri Fauconnier. 

I am  a Tuckwell Fellow, a Fellow of the Research School of Asia and the Pacific, ANU, an Associate Member of the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice, Open University, UK and a member of the European Microhistory Network. 


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