Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif Visiting Fellow

Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif is a social anthropologist and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Collège d’Études Mondiales – Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (CEM-FMSH) in Paris for the summer of 2019. She read Anthropology and French Studies at the University of Western Australia and Sciences Po Paris, before completing her PhD in Social Anthropology at Queens’ College, Cambridge (2018). Her doctoral research, involving extensive ethnographic research in Malaysia and Southern Thailand, explores how changing marriage patterns in Malaysia today and the increasing feasibility of contracting cross-border marriages in Thailand create a favorable climate for polygyny. Since then, her research has expanded into investigating the ways in which sorcery directs and disrupts the flows of intimacy in Malay courtships and marriages.

Prior to joining CEM-FMSH, Razif was based in Leiden, the Netherlands, where she had the pleasure of serving briefly as a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), and then as a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). She is also the current Evans Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a role she will hold in conjunction with the Visiting Fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Program for Law & Society in the Muslim World in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Beyond academia, Razif is an avid traveler, having lived in 10 countries across five continents. She maintains a side appreciation photography and travel writing, in addition to occasionally indulging in Russian classical literature and Asian horror films.