RED staff profile - Dr Tseen Khoo

Dr Tseen Khoo
Lecturer, Research Education and Development team, Graduate Research School


Dr Tseen Khoo is a Lecturer in Research Education and Development at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has extensive research and research education experience, and been instrumental in creating the field of Asian Australian Studies. She has previously been a grant developer at RMIT University, and research fellow at the University of Queensland (2001-2004) and Monash University (2004-2010).

With her colleague, Jonathan O'Donnell, Tseen created and runs The Research Whisperer, an internationally recognised research culture and development blog. She is the founding (and current) convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN:, a former editor for Taylor and Francis' Journal of Intercultural Studies, and a founding editorial advisor for the Australia Council-funded arts and culture magazine, Peril. Tseen has published on academic research and funding cultures, early career researcher experiences, and critical race studies (particularly focused on Asian Australian cultural production and politics). View Tseen's Google Scholar profile.

Academic qualifications:

  • 1999: PhD (English): School of English, Media Studies, and Art History, The University of Queensland
  • 1996: MA (English): School of English, Media Studies, and Art History, The University of Queensland
  • 1991: BA (Hons 1): School of English, Media Studies, and Art History, The University of Queensland


  • 2008-2010: ARC Discovery Project – "Being Asian in Australia and the United States: Analysing Ethnic Representations in Visual Arts, Popular Culture, Academia and Community Festivals" (J. Lo, T. Khoo, and D. Chan)

Selected relevant publications:

Book chapter

  • Khoo, T. (2014), Right back where we started from, in Being "In and Out": Providing Voice to Early Career Women in Academia, Ed. N. Lemon and S. Garvis, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp 57-67.

Invited contributions – other publications

Invited presentations (2014):

  • Crowdfunding for research, Charles Sturt University (webinar), 12 December. With J. O'Donnell.
  • Researchers and social media, Psych-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), Clinical Oncology of Australia conference (Melbourne), 3 December.
  • Research networks and digital academia, 'Digital academic' symposium (Canberra; convened by Prof Deborah Lupton), 27 November.
  • Getting savvy with your research audiences, Australian Association of Gerontology/Emerging Researchers in Ageing (webinar), 8 October. With J. O'Donnell.
  • Communicating research through social media, Australian Entomological Society conference (Canberra), 1 October.
  • Academic careers / Alternative academic pathways / Researchers' networks, 'DocFest' at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga), 23-24 June.
  • '5 rules of grant club', Australian National University (Canberra), 12 June.

Professional affiliations:

  • Asian Australian Studies Research Network