Dr. Khauthar Ismail

Cik Khauthar  

Dr. Khauthar Ismail
Telefon       : 04-653 3939
Faks           : 04-6576000
Emel          : khautharism@usm.my



Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (Sociology) 2017, College of Social Sciences, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow.
  • Master of Human Sciences (Sociology) 2011, International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA)
  • B.Sc. of Human Sciences (Hons) 2008, International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA)



Key Research Area:

  • Ethnicity studies
  • Post-colonial studies
  • Digital Society
  • Urban sociology
  • Historical sociology

Research Grant:

  1. Principal Investigator (External Grant – KPT FRGS) RM66,396: The Infodemiology and Its Impacts on Youth’s Action and Reaction on Covid-19: An Exploratory Study in Perlis And Selangor. (ACTIVE) 
  2. Principal Investigator (Internal Grant – USM Short Term Grant) RM16,978: Ethnicity and Everyday Life: A case study of Chinese Kelantanese. Effective date from 1st February 2020 until 31st January 2022 (ACTIVE). 
  3. Co-researcher (External Grant, UiTM) RM5,000: Understanding public participation in decision making in economic and development programmes in Malaysia: How could Arnstein‟s ladder of participation contribute? Effective date from 15 December 2020 to 14 December 2022 (ACTIVE). 
  4. Co-researcher (Internal Grant – Geran Penyelidikan Akademik di Bawah Projek Khas TNCAA Tahun 2021, USM) RM10,000: The Backwash Effect of Online Assessment on Universiti Sains Malaysia Effective date: 11 Februari 2021 - 11 Februari 2022 (ACTIVE). 
  5. Co-researcher (External Grant, WOU IRI/2017/0026) RM11,800: Self-Directed Learning Readiness, Internet Self-Efficacy and Preferences towards Constructivist Internet-Based Learning Environments amongst Distance Learners in Wawasan Open University (WOU) and Public University in Penang (COMPLETED). 



  1. Ismail, K. (2021). Ethnic Boundaries and Class Consciousness within the Malaysian Employment Sector. Intellectual Discourse, 29(1), 207-229.
  2. Ismail, K. (2020). Imperialism, Colonialism and their Contribution to the Formation of Malay and Chinese Ethnicity: An Historical Analysis. Intellectual Discourse, 28 (1), 71–193.
  3. Ismail, K. (2018), Challenges and Opportunities Faced by an Insider Researcher in Malaysian Ethnicity Studies: A Literature Review, e-Bangi, 15(4), 117-125.
  4. Ismail, K. (2018). Ethnic boundaries and everyday understanding: The case of Malay and Chinese parental choice of National and National Type School in Peninsular Malaysia, Geografia: Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 14(4), 1-12


  1. Bok. G.I. & Ismail, K. (2018). Reimagining Women's Role in Gender-specific Policies, KANITA International Conference Procceedings on Gender Studies 2018.
  2. Ismail, K. (2016). “We are Malay, they are Chinese, but we are all Malaysian: A label that is beyond identity”. Annual Conference British Sociological Association (BSA) on Global Societies, Fragmenting and Connecting. Aston University, Birmingham, UK. 6th – 8th April, 2016.
  3. Ismail, K. (2015). Ethnic Identity Formation among Malaysian Female in Penang, Malaysia: A comparative study between Malays and Chinese. Annual Conference British Sociological Association (BSA) on Societies in Transition. Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK. 15th – 17th April, 2015.
  4. Ismail, K. (2013). Ethnic relationship between Malays and Chinese in Malaysian context. Citizenship and Belonging: A Postgraduate Conference (BSA-sponsored). University of Nottingham, UK. 25th – 26th March, 2013.


  • JKJ 203 Falsafah Sains Sosial (Shared course; 2019 onwards)
  • JKA 317 Falsafah Penyelidikan Sosial (2017 onwards)
  • JKA 321 Agama dan Hubungan Sosial (2017 onwards)
  • JKA 421E Research Proposal and Report Planning Method (Coordinator; 2017 onwards)
  • JKA 515E Project: Selected Social Issues (Shared course; 2018 onwards)
  • JKA519 Budaya dan Komuniti Ruang Siber (2020 onwards)