Prof Peter Jackson


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Peter A. Jackson is Emeritus Professor in the College of Asia and the Pacific's School of Culture, History and Language. He has written extensively on modern Thai cultural history with special interests in religion, sexuality, and critical theoretical approaches to mainland Southeast Asian cultural history.  He currently holds a three-year 2021-2023 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for the project “Ritual, Culture and Health in Thai Gay and Transgender Communities”. His current book projects include "A World Ever More Enchanted", with Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière, "Deities and Divas: Queer Ritual Specialists in Thailand and Burma" with Benjamin Baumann, and "Modernity Enchanted: Capitalism Magic, Thailand".

Career Highlights

•Editor-in-Chief, Asian Studies Review (2009-2012)

•Founding Co-editor Hong Kong University Press Queer Asia series

•2011 Ruth Benedict Book Prize in the category “Outstanding Anthology” awarded for Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights (Hong Kong University Press, 2011) by the American Anthropological Association’s Association for Queer Anthropology.

Research interests

•The histories of Buddhism, gender, sexuality, and globalisation in Thailand

•Queer theory, postcolonial analysis, and critiques of Eurocentrism


BA (UNE), MA Prelim (Sydney), MA (Hons)(Mac), PhD (ANU)

Expertise Areas

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Social Change
  • Social Theory
  • Asian Cultural Studies
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality
  • Asian History
  • Religion and Society
  • Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions


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