SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Professor Rachel V Harrison

BA, PhD (London)
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Rachel Harrison 2018
South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Professor of Thai Cultural Studies / Editor of South East Asia Research

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

Chair, Centre of South East Asian Studies

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Centre for Gender Studies


Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Member, Centre for Translation Studies

Professor Rachel V Harrison
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+44 (0)20 7898 4247
SOAS University of London
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Cinema, Literature, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Artour Mitski, "Japanese lifestyle migrants in Bangkok: embodied practices and identity negotiation."
  • Jiratorn Sakulwattana , The Representation of Female Body and Romance in Thai Films after 1997
  • Michaela Unterbarnscheidt, A comparative study of transition and social change in early Thai and Amharic novels
  • Shenghua Zhang, Populism, Representational Crisis, and Party Organisational Development in Thailand: The Persistence of Pro-Thaksin Parties since 2001


Cultural studies, cinema, modern literature, postcolonial and gender studies with reference to Thailand and more widely to mainland South East Asia; medical humanities and public engagement with reference to Northeast Thailand (Isan) and Lao PDR; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; perceptions of cultural difference, Orientalism and Otherness.


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Available for
  • Radio
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  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
  • TV
Regional Expertise
  • South East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Thailand
  • Thai



Taylor-Robinson, Simon and Harrison, Rachel and De Souza Lopes, Paolo A. and Zdravkov, Jey (2021) 'Should commercial sex workers have unrestricted healthcare access across the world?'. International Journal for Equity in Health, (20) 237, pp 1-5.

Taylor-Robinson, Simon and Harrison, Rachel and De Souza Lopes, Paolo A. and Zdravkov, Jey (2021) 'A personal perspective: is bullying still a problem in medicine?'. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 12, pp 141-145.

Harrison, Rachel and Helgesen, Geir (2019) 'Inviting Differences: An Ideal Vision for Area Studies?'. South East Asia Research, (27) 1, pp 3-13.

Harrison, Rachel (2017) 'Dystopia as Liberation: Disturbing Femininities in Contemporary Thailand'. Feminist Review, (116) 1, pp 64-83.

Morement, Helen and Harrison, Rachel and Taylor-Robinson, Simon (2017) 'The multidisciplinary team meeting in the UK from the patients' perspective: comments and observations from cholangiocarcinoma patients and their families'. International Journal of General Medicine, (2017) 10, pp 305-310.

Asavarut, Pallad and Norsworthy, Peter J. and Cook, Joanna and Taylor-Robinson, Simon and Harrison, Rachel (2016) 'Diet and disease: transgressing boundaries between science and society - Understanding neglected diseases through the lens of cultural studies and anthropology'. Journal of Medical Humanities, (42) 3, pp 181-183.

Harrison, Rachel (2007) '“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”: Global Projections/Local Allusions in ‘Tears of the Black Tiger’/Fa thalai jone'. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, (8) 2, pp 194-210.

Harrison, Rachel (2005) 'Introduction: New Directions in Thai Cultural Studies'. South East Asia Research, (13) 1, pp 5-6.

Harrison, Rachel (2005) 'Cultures of criticism, constructions of femininity and the impossibilities of female desire'. South East Asia Research, (13) 1, pp 91-111.

Harrison, Rachel (2005) 'Amazing Thai Film: The Rise and Rise of Contemporary Thai Cinema on the International Screen'. Asian Affairs, (36) 3, pp 321-338.

Harrison, Rachel (2004) 'Introduction: The Human World of south East Asian Literatures'. Tenggara, (47) 8, pp 1-7.

Harrison, Rachel (2004) 'Wild Roses and Urban Boring Bees: (Western) Feminist Readings of a Thai Feminine Text?'. Tenggara, (47/48), pp 93-115.

Harrison, Rachel (2002) ''A Hundred Loves', 'A Thousand Lovers': Portrayals of Sexuality in the Work of Thidaa Bunnaak'. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, (33) 3, pp 451-470.

Harrison, Rachel (2000) 'Looking forward, Looking back: towards a comparative study of the interaction between the traditional and modern in contemporary SEA [and] Sita Writes Back: Reinventing the Ramayana'. Tenggara, (42).

Harrison, Rachel (2000) 'The disruption of female desire and the Thai literary tradition of eroticism, religion and aesthetics'. Tenggara, (41), pp 88-125.

Harrison, Rachel (1999) 'The Son of a Javanese'. South East Asia Research, (7, par), pp 141-188.

Harrison, Rachel (1995) 'The Writer, the Horseshoe Crab, His ‘Golden Blossom’ and Her Clients: Tales of Prostitution in Contemporary Thai Short Stories'. South East Asia Research, (3) 2, pp 125-152.

Edited Books or Journals

Harrison, Rachel and Helgesen, Geir, (eds.), (2020) East-West Reflections on Demonization: Korea Now, China Next?. Copenhagen: NIAS Press. (NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, 71).

Harrison, Rachel, (ed.), (2014) Disturbing Conventions: Decentering Thai Literary Cultures. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield International.

Harrison, Rachel and Jackson, Peter, (eds.), (2010) The Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Harrison, Rachel and Jackson, Peter, (eds.), (2009) Siamese Modernities and the Colonial West. Southeast Asia Research Vol. 17 No. 3.. London: Sage Publications.

Book Chapters

Yeager, Jack and Harrison, Rachel (2021) 'Rithy Panh’s The Sea Wall: Reinventing Duras in Cambodia'. In: Barnes, Leslie and Mai, Joseph, (eds.), The Cinema of Rithy Panh: Everything Has a Soul. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Feangfu, Janit and Harrison, Rachel (2018) 'Contested modernities and spectres of progress in twentieth century Siam/Thailand'. In: Protchsky, Susie, (ed.), Modern times in Southeast Asia, 1920s-1970s. Leiden: Brill; KITLV, pp 166-190.

Harrison, Rachel (2010) 'The Man with the Golden Gauntlets: Mit Chaibancha’s Insi thorng and the Confusion of Red and Yellow Perils in Thai Cold War Action Cinema'. In: Day, Tony and Liem, Maya, (eds.), Cultures at War: The Cold War and the Arts in Southeast Asia.. Ithaca, New York: SEAP Cornell University Press.

Harrison, Rachel (2009) '“Elementary, My Dear Wat”: Influence and Imitation in the Early Crime Fiction of “Late-Victorian” Siam'. In: Jedamski, Doris, (ed.), Chewing over the West: occidental narratives in non-Western readings. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Harrison, Rachel (2004) 'Sex in a Hot Climate: Moral Degeneracy and Erotic Excess in The Story of Jan Daraa'. In: Worton, Michael and Wilson-Tagoe, Nana, (eds.), National Healths. Gender, Sexuality and Health in a Cross-Cultural Context.. London: UCL Press, pp 121-136.

Harrison, Rachel (2003) 'Thailande: Between East and West'. In: Zaini-Lajoubert, M and Bernot, Denise, (eds.), États et littérature en Asie : l'émergence des États modernes (XIXe - XXe siècles). Paris: Les Indes Savantes, pp 154-184.

Harrison, Rachel (2003) 'Facing Demons: Sida Marries Totsakan in Sidaoreuang's Modern Thai Reinventions of the Epic Ramayana (Ramakien)'. In: Labarthe, J., (ed.), Formes modernes de la poésie épique. Nouvelles approches. Bruxelles ; New York: Peter Lang, pp 339-369.

Harrison, Rachel (2001) 'Prostitution, Politics and Power: Issues of "Foreigness" in Western television documentaries of female sex workers'. In: Munshi, S, (ed.), Images of the 'Modern' Woman in Asia: Global Media, Local Meaning. London: Curzon, pp 138-68.

Harrison, Rachel (2001) 'The Indigenous and the "Foreign": the Reception, Adaptation and Reinvention of Western Literatures in South East Asia'. In: Detrie, M, (ed.), France-Asie: un siecle d'échanges litteraires. Paris: You Feng, pp 240-254.

Harrison, Rachel (1999) 'The Madonna and the Whore: Self/Other tensions in the characterization of the prostitute by Thai female authors'. In: Jackson, Peter and Cook, Nerida M., (eds.), Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand. Chiang Mai: Silkworm, pp 168-190.

Harrison, Rachel (1997) 'The “Good”, the “Bad” and the Pregnant: Why the Thai Prostitute as Literary Heroine Can’t be Seen to Give Birth'. In: Somswasdi, Virada and Theobald, Sally, (eds.), Women, Gender Relations and Development in Thai Society. Chiangmai: Women’s Studies Centre, Chiangmai University Press, pp 323-348.

Harrison, Rachel (1995) 'Birth, Death and Identity in the Writing of Sidaoru’ang from 1975-90'. In: Chitakasem, Manas, (ed.), Thai Literary Traditions. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, pp 87-117.

Book Reviews

Harrison, Rachel and Sinnot, Megan and Fuhrmann, Arnika (2018) 'SOJOURN Symposium on Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema'. SOJOURN, (33) 1, pp 181-201.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Harrison, Rachel (2020) Railway Sleepers: Travelling in Siamese Time and Space.


Harrison, Rachel (2018) 'Exit, Exile, Exodus: Culture at the Margins in Southeast Asia'.

Harrison, Rachel (2002) 'Sidaoruang', vol. 8.


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