Dr Kathrina Mohd Daud


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Kathrina Mohd Daud is an Assistant Professor in the English Studies programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is happy to supervise undergraduate and graduate theses and invites applications on popular fiction, Southeast Asian literature, global Muslim fiction and creative writing. Kathrina's current research projects include an edited volume on "Gema Dari Menara" (1968) Brunei's first feature film, a translation to English of Norsiah Gapar's "Pengabdian" (1987), a monograph on new critical approaches to Bruneian literature, and a study of love in the American YA novel.

She has previously been a U.S State Department Scholar at the Study of the U.S Institute for Contemporary American literature (2012), Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (2013), a Visiting Research Scholar, Southeast Asian Center, University of Washington (2014), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University (2017-2018). She has also been a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Research and the UBD-Institute of Asian Studies (2017-2018).

She has previously held joint appointments at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Center for Islamic Studies (2014-2017) and the UBD Institute of Asian Studies (2014-2017).

She has been an invited speaker to the Singapore Writers Festival (2017) and has been the recipient of a few grants, including the Peter Rollins Travel Grant for Early Career Faculty (2014), and the Kathleen Gilles Seidel Grant (2015), and won the Judges' Pick for her short story "I am a Bird" in the Asia-Europe Short Story Contest in 2013. Her play, "The Tudong Monologues" was produced and performed by Salted Egg Theatre, a local all-female theatre troupe that she co-founded, in 2016. Most recently she has been shortlisted for the 2020 Singaporean Epigram Books Fiction Prize.

Kathrina also co-founded a Feminist Book Club in 2016, is an art critic for The Scoop, and was the Festival Director for The Tiny Lit Fest 2019, a local literary festival aimed at amplifying connections between local literary communities, celebrating local writers, and creating conversations about the state of literature. The 5-day festival of micro-events brought together 8 partners over 15 literary events consisting of industry dialogues, masterclasses with invited international authors, and panel discussions.


PhD in Creative Writing, University of Manchester (2011)
MA in Writing (Distinction), University of Warwick (2007)
BA in English Literature (1st Class), University of York (2006)


Bruneian Literature, Popular Fiction, Global Islamic Literature


(Translator and Editor) Translation into English of Norsiah Gapar's "Pengabdian" (1987), with collection of critical essays by local and international scholars

Applications Invited

(Co-editor) Special Issue of 'Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal', a collection of critical essays on "Gema Dari Menara" (1968)

Applications Invited

Love and the American Muslim YA Novel

Applications Invited

Scopus Publications


Google Scholar Citations


Google Scholar h-index


Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications


2012 PI, “The Invisible Engine” UBD RG
2014 co-PI, “Women in Postcolonial Southeast Asian Literature” UBD RG
2015 co-PI, “Modern Muslim Literature in the Nusantara” UBD RG
2016, PI, “Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Diversity in HEIs in Brunei Darussalam”
2020 PI, "Pengabdian: Critical Edition" UBD FIC RG


1. Kathrina Mohd Daud (2020) In response to Harlequin: Global Legacy, Local Agency. In Jayashree Kamblé, Eric Murphy Selinger, Hsu-Ming Teo (Eds.) "The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction" Routledge: Oxford.
2. Kathrina Mohd Daud (2019). Packaging MIB: Representations of Islam in Anglophone Bruneian Fiction. In Johan Fischer and Jeremy Jammes (Eds.), "Muslim Piety as Economy: Markets, Meaning and Morality in Southeast Asia". (pp.193-210) Routledge: Oxford.
3. Kathrina Mohd Daud (2018) "Battling Ephemera: Bruneian Narratives, Public Record, the need for a critical middle." Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Young Academics Voice, April 2018.
4. Grace VS Chin and Kathrina Mohd Daud (2017) Introduction. In Grace V.S. Chin and Kathrina Mohd Daud (Eds.), The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Nation and Identity in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 1-17). Singapore: Springer
5. Kathrina Mohd Daud (2017) Articulating Female Citizenship in Norsiah Gapar’s Pengabdian,. In Grace V.S. Chin and Kathrina Mohd Daud (Eds.), The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Nation and Identity in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 41-54). Singapore: Springer
6. Kathrina Mohd Daud (2016) Bruneian Literature in English: An Observation. Open Brunei (https://openbrunei.org/2016/11/bruneian-literature-in-english-an-observation/#Bruneian-ness_as_represented_in_Bruneian_novels)
7. Kathrina Mohd Daud (2016). The ghosts of Islam and the unseen world in Bruneian horror stories. World Englishes, 35(4), 602–611.
8. Kathrina Mohd Daud, Chin, G. V. S., & Maslin Jukim (2016). Contemporary English and Malay literature in Brunei: A comparison. In Noor Azam Haji-Othman, J. McLellan & D. Deterding (Eds.), The use and status of language in Brunei Darussalam: A kingdom of unexpected linguistic diversity (pp. 241–251). Singapore: Springer.
9. Chin, G. V. S., & Kathrina Daud (2014). Negotiating Difference: The Trope of “Anak Derhaka” and Ideological Endings in Bruneian writings. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
10. Kathrina bte DP Haji Mohd Daud (2013). Review of The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng. South East Asia 13, 35-36. (PDF Version)

Kathrina Mohd Daud (2020). The Fisherman King. Singapore: Epigram (Shortlisted for 2020 Epigram Books Fiction Prize)
Kathrina Mohd Daud, Jacqueline Liew and Zuliana Masri (2020). Sticky Ladies: A Play. Performed in Feb 2020, Salted Egg Theatre.
Kathrina Mohd Daud (2017). The Halfling King. Bandar Seri Begawan: Heartwrite Co.
Kathrina Mohd Daud (2017). The Tudong Monologues: A Play. Performed in May 2017, Salted Egg Theatre.


Yes, provides consultancy

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Research Associate, UBD Institute of Asian Studies (UBD-IAS) 2017-2018, 2020-2021
Core member, International and Comparative Education Research Group, 2020-2021

1. U.S State Department Scholar at the Study of the U.S Institute for Contemporary American literature, 2012
2. Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 2013
3. Visiting Research Scholar, Southeast Asian Center, University of Washington, 2014
4. Joint Appointment, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Center for Islamic Studies, 2014-2017
5. Joint Appointment, UBD-Institute of Asian Studes, 2014-2017
6. Research Associate, UBD Center for Advanced Research (CARe) 2017-2018
7. Visiting Research Scholar, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University 2017-2018


Art critic for The Scoop (2017-)
Editor for Heartwrite Co (2019-)
Festival Director, The Tiny Lit Fest (2019)
Shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2020


Outreach in 2018

1. Guest speaker, Sekolah Menengah Pengiran Isteri Hajjah Mariam, World Book Day (April 2018)
2. Guest speaker, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang, A Career in Literary Studies (May 2018)
3. Mentor, Brunei Youth Leaders Conference (2018)

Previously guest speaker at other secondary schools and sixth forms, including Maktab Sains and Maktab Duli.
Experience coaching and judging debate teams and competitions at secondary and tertiary level.