Name of Staff: Dr. S. Nagarajan
Designation: Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Qualifications: Ph D (Malaya); M.A. (Communications Policy Studies, City University, London); M.A. (Political Science, Madurai Kamaraj University); Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Rajendra Prasad Institute of Communication and Management, Bombay).  

Professional Body Memberships:

Life member of the Malaysian Social Science Association.  


An independent scholar, consultant and journalist for over 20 years before joining Wawasan Open University. Served as research director with the Educational, Welfare and Research Foundation Malaysia (EWRF) and adviser to several non-governmental organisations. Was also an editor for the publications of the Southeast Asian Council for Food Security and Fair Trade (SEACON), the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA) and the Education and Research Association for Consumers Malaysia.

Course Development Experience:

Courses developed include Culture, Media and Identities, World Civilisations, Exploring Political Sciene, Introduction to Humanities, Tourism and Geography, International Organisations, Ethnic Relations, Human Rights, Malaysian Studies and Southeast Asian History.  

Research Interest:   

Research interests include ethnic minorities and human rights, ethnic relations, identity politics and the Tamil diaspora. Earlier research focused on the displacements of plantation communities in industrialising Malaysia.

Research Projects and Consultancy Work:

Served as local consultant for two TV documentaries produced by Dateline, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) of Australia.

1.   Malaysia's Indian Uprising (2008), documentary on the socio-economic factors leading to the Hindraf uprising in 2007

2.   Malaysia's Crackdown (2009), documentary on refugees and people smuggling activities in the region

Selected Publications:   

Journal Articles

1.   Tim Bunnell, S. Nagarajan & Andrew Willford. (2010). From the margins to centre stage: ‘Indian’ demonstration effects in Malaysia’s political landscape, Urban Studies, V47, N6, pp. 1257-1278.

Book Chapters

1.   2008. Indians in Malaysia: Towards Vision 2020. In Rising India and Indian Communities in East Asia, ed. K. Kesavapany, A. Mani and P. Ramasamy, 375-398. Singapore: ISEAS.

2.   2009. Marginalisation and Ethnic Relations: The Indian Malaysian Experience. In Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present and Future, ed. Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes and Azly Rahman, 369-391. Petaling Jaya: Malaysian Institute of Development and Asian Studies (UCSI University) and SIRD.

3.   Pramela Krish & Nagarajan, S. (2013). Supporting Distance Learners through Effective Tutor Feedback. In New Literacies: Reconstructing Language and Education, Ambigapathy Pandian, Christine Liew Ching Ling, Debbita Tan Ai Lin, Jayagowri Muniandy, Lee Bee Choo and Toh Chwee Hiang (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 403-414.

4.   Nagarajan, S. & Wilford, A. (2014). The Last Plantations in Kuala Lumpur. In The Other Kuala Lumpur: Living in the Shadows of a Globalising Southeast Asian City, ed. Yeoh Seng Guan. Oxon: Routledge, pp 190-218.


1.   2012. Violence Against an Ethnic Minority in Malaysia: Kampung Medan, 2001, Petaling Jaya: Suaram.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops:

 Paper Presented

1.   “Marginalised Tamils: Historical Processes and Present-day Resistance”, IKMAS Seminar Series, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 16 June 2005.

2.   “Ethnicity, Displacements and the Plantation Industry in Malaysia”, ISEAS seminar, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 5 October 2005.

3.   “Positive Discrimination for Marginalised Indian Communities,” Malaysian Centre for Ethnic Studies, New Era College, Kajang, 8 March 2006.

4.   “The New Economic Policy and the Indian Community”, Workshop on evaluating affirmative action: Malaysia in comparative perspective, CRISE, University of Oxford and ARI, National University of Singapore, 22-23 October 2007.

5.   “Routes to Indian Marginalisation and Youth Alienation”, National conference on Indian youths in Malaysia, Centre for Media and Information Warfare Studies, Universiti Teknologi Mara, 26-28 June 2009.

6.   “Supporting distance learners through effective tutor feedback”, 2011 Asian Literacy Conference, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11-13 October 2011.

Honorary Appointments and Awards:

Chief Editor of AAOU Journal from 2011 to 2013. Editorial Board member of the journal published by the Asian Association of Open Universities from 2011 to 2013.  

Official Correspondence Address:

Wawasan Open University
10 th Floor, Main Campus
54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
10050 Penang  

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