Dr Tseen Khoo is a Senior Lecturer in the Research Education and Development team, Graduate Research School, La Trobe University. She’s been a Senior Advisor (Research Grant Development) at RMIT University, and a research fellow at Monash University and the University of Queensland. Tseen has written on research funding issues, early career researcher experiences, alternative academic streams, and racial diversity issues in Australia.
With Jonathan O’Donnell, Tseen created and runs the research development and research culture blog, The Research Whisperer (established 2011). The Research Whisperer is dedicated to the topic of doing research in academia and hosts a wide range of guest posts from authors around the world, as well as regular posts from Tseen and Jonathan. In 2020, Tseen and her colleagues from the Whisper Collective convened #Whisperfest, a free global researcher development conference that demonstrated the kind of academy we want to see: inclusive, empowered, engaged and kind.
Tseen started her academic career as a literary studies scholar and is the founding convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN; 2006-2017). She edited several special issue journals that showcase AASRN expertise with the Journal for Australian Studies (2000, 2008, 2017), Journal of Intercultural Studies (2006), and Asian Studies Review (2003). She was also a convenor for the inaugural “Dragon Tails” conference in 2009, and co-edited the subsequent special issue of Australian Historical Studies (2011). Tseen has actively fostered a generous and inclusive culture in the network. In 2019, the AASRN established the ‘Tseen Khoo Bursary‘, which is dedicated to supporting emerging researchers to attend network conferences. She is also a founding editorial advisor for the Asian Australian arts and culture magazine, Peril (2006-2013).