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Olivia Khoo is Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University. Prior to arriving at Monash she taught Film and Media at the University of New South Wales and Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. She was a Targeted Research Fellow at Curtin University during 2008-2010.

Olivia is the author of Asian Cinema: A Regional View (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), The Chinese Exotic: Modern Diasporic Femininity (Hong Kong University Press, 2007), and co-author (with Belinda Smaill and Audrey Yue) of Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (Lexington, 2013). Olivia is also co-editor of four volumes: The Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia (with Larissa Hjorth, 2016), Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia (with Daniel Black and Koichi Iwabuchi, 2016), Sinophone Cinemas (with Audrey Yue, 2014), and Futures of Chinese Cinema: Technologies and Temporalities in Chinese Screen Cultures (with Sean Metzger, 2009). Her essays have appeared in leading international journals including Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Asian Studies ReviewFeminist Media Studies, Camera Obscura, Screening the Past, and GLQ.  

Olivia has been awarded two Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants: on the History of Asian Australian cinema (with Audrey Yue and Belinda Smaill, 2009-2011), and on Trans-Asian Media Flows between Australia and East Asia (with Koichi Iwabuchi, Fran Martin and Audrey Yue, 2016-2020). In 2004-5 Olivia was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and in 2005 she received an Australia-China Council Residency Award to the Taipei Artists Village in Taiwan. She has also received a University of California Humanities Research Institute collaborative research residential award to UC Irvine in August 2013, and from January-April 2015 she returned to the Asia Research Institute as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow.

Olivia holds an Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne.

Research interests

Film, Television and Digital Media

Asian cinema

Asian media and cultural studies

Asian Australian cinema

Australian cinema

Transnational Film

Women and film

Gender and Media

Supervision interests

Film, Television and Digital Media

Cultural Studies

Gender and Media

Asian cinema (transnational Chinese cinemas, East and South-East Asian cinemas)

Asian media and cultural studies (popular culture in Asia, diasporic media)

Asian Australian cinema

Australian cinema (Australian national cinema, women's filmmaking in Australia, race and ethnicity in Australian cinema)

Women and film (feminism and film, women's filmmaking, sexuality and film)

World cinema (international film festivals, transnational cinemas)


Monash teaching commitment

ATS3539 Asian Cinema and Television

APG5782: Film Festivals in Local and International Contexts

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 23 Dec 2011

Law, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of New South Wales

Award Date: 31 Dec 2009

Cultural Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 8 Aug 2003

English Literature, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Australia

Award Date: 23 Dec 1996

Research area keywords

  • Film, television and digital media
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Asian cinema
  • Asian media and cultural studies
  • Transnational film
  • Australian cinema
  • Women's filmmaking
  • Asian Australian cinema


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