Professor Dato’ Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin is the Director of the Institute of Occidental Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at UKM. He is also the Founding Secretary of the Malaysian Social Science Association.
Prof. Shamsul studied anthropology and sociology up to postgraduate level at Universiti Malaya and subsequently completed his doctoral studies at Monash University, Melbourne. His dissertation, ‘From British to Bumiputera Rule’, was published as a book, winning numerous awards and has been reprinted multiple times. He has since written and published extensively in Malay and English, on issues ranging from politics, culture and economic development. The distinguished academician has also lectured globally, including at the Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University. In July 2006, he was mandated by the Ministry of Higher Education to be the Chief Editor for the publication of a textbook on ethnic relations, which is to be used nationwide as a compulsory university-level course in efforts to improve ethnic relations.