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The Australian National University

Dr Mary Kilcline Cody

B.Asian Studies (Hons), PhD (ANU)
Senior Lecturer, College of Asia and the Pacific, Deputy Director, ANIP, Tuckwell Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 61254272

Research interests

Histories of Malaysia and Singapore

Murder trials, public enquiries and colonial law in Southeast Asia

The history of palm oil and rubber in Malaya

The life and work of the French writer, Henri Fauconnier.


English colonial literature - W. Somerset Maugham


I am an historian of colonial Southeast Asia in the College of Asia and the Pacific.   Using English, French, Dutch, Indonesian and Malay primary sources, I explore topics as diverse as 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. 

As Deputy Director of the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP), I work with colleagues and external stakeholders to provide a transformative work integrated learning experience for talented undergraduate and postgraduate students. The ANIP program is 24 years old and it offers internships for academic credit with Parliament, government, embassy and NGO hosts.  Students produce a policy report on a range of contemporary issues and gain valuable workplace experience. As well as co-convening the academic course associated with this prestigious program, I negotiate new domestic and international host placements. 

As one of four Fellows in the prestigious Tuckwell Program, I coordinate the 2014 cohort of talented undergraduate students and I mentor them as part of a wider program of enrichment.

I am 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.



Co-convenor of the Australian National Internships Program compulsory course

Convened the Master of Asia-Pacific Studies Program and taught the 2 core courses each semester for 6 years.

Designed and delivered the Vice Chancellor's Creating Knowledge Course (3 years) - one of 4 interdisciplinary courses for high achieving undergraduate students 

Malaysia: Politics, Society and Development

Engaging Asia: Working with Government

Clio and her sisters: Historiography in Asia

Individual and Society in Contemporary Asia


Researcher's projects

1) Book length study of law and society in British Malaya  - The Trial of Mrs Proudlock: Law, Government and Society in British Malaya, 1911. This 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 recent French article in Le Petit Journal in

See English article in The Canberra Times

2) Book length study of the life and work of the French writer and rubber and oil palm baron, Henri Fauconnier.  Book provisionally entitled : Rubber, palm oil and the Prix Goncourt: Henri Fauconnier in Malaya.  In late 2015, with the support of an Early Career Researcher's Grant from the ANU, I conducted preliminary research in France by invitation of the author's family.   

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