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  • PhD (Linguistics), Macquarie University, Australia, 2016

    Title: “Medium of instruction policy as a symptom of Malaysian nationhood”

    PhD (Linguistics), International Islamic University Malaysia, 2007

    Title: “The discourse of popular culture: How the Malay youth interpret the culture of Other and construct self-identity discursively"

    MA (Linguistics), International Islamic University Malaysia, 2003

    Thesis: “The discursive construction of Afghan national identity in Time and Newsweek.”

    MA (English Literature), Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, 1998

    BA (English Literature), Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, 1996

Areas of Interest
Discourse Analysis, Language Policy Studies, South and Southeast Asian Studies

Mahmud Hasan Khan, PhD

Associate Professor & Director


Mahmud Hasan Khan is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and Humanities.

He is a discourse analyst and has two PhDs (from UIA, Malaysia and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia). He takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the dialectical relation between discourse and society, covering a range of discourse domains incuding media, national politics, policy and pedagogy.

Research & Awards

  • American Center Research Grant (2017-18):Title: Evaluating Secondary School English Language Teaching and Learning in Bangladesh (Amount of Award: $14000.00)
  • Flagship project, Environmental communication: discourses in the profession, Co-investigator, 2011 – 2012.
  • Flagship project, Language, Law and Society, Co-Investigator, 2011 – 2012.
  • Positioning the Local at the Global: Internationalization of Higher Education as a Discursive Process, Co-Investigator, 2009 – 2010.
  • Globalization, Asianization, or ASEANization of Higher Education: A Discourse Analysis, Co-Investigator, 2009 – 2010
  • What can grammatical cases tell us about institutional perspectives: A study of Malaysian English news print media, Principal Investigator, 2008 – 2009



(2008). Nair, R. Haque, S. H. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan. (eds.) Media in Malaysia: A Critical Analysis. KL: University of Malaya Press.

Articles in Journals

  1. Moses, S., Khan, Mahmud Hasan, Ng, L. L., & Cheang, K. W. (2014). Articulation of medium of instruction politics in the Malaysian Chinese press, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Vol. 35 (2): 206-218.
  2. Moses S. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan (2013). Construction of nationhood through education in Malaya: Revisiting the Barnes and Fenn-Wu Reports. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Vol. 33 (3): 249-260.
  3. Subramaniam, R. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan (2013). Explicit grammar instruction in communicative language teaching: A study of the use of quantifiers. Malaysian Journal of ELT Research, Vol. 9 (1), pp. 43-73.
  4. S. Pillai, Khan, Mahmud Hasan, Ida Ibrahim & S. Raphael. (2012). Enhancing employability through industrial training in the Malaysian context. Higher Education, Vol. 63 (2): 187-204.
  5. Khan, Mahmud Hasan & Govindasamy, S. (2011). ‘Islamic militancy‘ in Bangladeshi newspaper editorials: A discourse analysis. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies. 30: 357-376.
  6. Hossain, I. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan (2006). The Rift within an Imagined Community: Understanding Nationalism(s) in Bangladesh. The Asian Journal of Social Science 34 (2): 324-339.
  7. Govindasamy, S. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan (2006) “Explicitness in Political Speeches,” Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies 1(2): 143-164.
  8. Khan, Mahmud Hasan & Hare, A. E. (2004). Construction of an Afghan National Identity in Time and Newsweek. The Intellectual Discourse 12 (1): 45-62.
  9. Haque, M. S. & Khan Mahmud Hasan. (2004). Muslim identity in the speeches of Mahathir Mohamad. The Intellectual Discourse. Vol 12 (2): 181-193.
  10. Haque, M. S. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan (2003). Language and order of hegemony in society: CDA perspectives. Panini: NSU Studies in Language & Literature, 2(2): 45-72.

Book Chapters

  1. Khan, Mahmud Hasan & Kamila Ghazali. (2011). Critical Discourse Analysis. In Azirah Hashim and M.K. David (Eds.) MESL Handbook, pp. 164-176. Berlin: Peter Lang.
  2. Pillai, S & Khan, Mahmud Hasan. (2011). I am not English but my First Language is English: English as a First Language Among Portuguese Eurasians in Malaysia. In D. Mukherjee and M. K. David (Eds.). Speaking in Many Tongues: Language Shifts in Malaysian Minority Communities and the Effects of National Language Planning, pp. 87-100. IIAS/ICAS Publications Series. Amsterdam, Netherlands: University of Amsterdam Press.
  3. Zuraidah Mohd. Don, Khan, Mahmud Hasan et al. (2008). The English language test for academic staff. In Zuraidah Mohd Don (Ed.). Enhancing the quality of higher education through research: Shaping future policy, pp.9-39. Putrajaya: MOHE.
  4. Khan, Mahmud Hasan, Haque, M. S. & Nair, R. (2008). Introduction. In Ramesh et al. (eds.) Media in Malaysia: A Critical Analysis. KL: University of Malaya. 
  5. Nora Nasir, Govindasamy, S. & Khan, Mahmud Hasan (2008). The Articulation of national Integration in Malaysian English Print Media. In Ramesh et al. (eds.) Media in Malaysia: A Critical Analysis. KL: University of Malaya.  
  6. Govindasamy, S. & Khan Mahmud Hasan (2007). Selling the Global Popular: Reading Adverts in Malaysia. In Pramela Krish et al. (eds.), Bridging Worlds: Constructs of Culture and Identity. Malaysia: Pearsons Longman.
  7. Khan, Mahmud Hasan & Hare, A. E. (2006). Newsmagazine Stories: Whose Agenda is that by the way? In M. Khemlani et al. (eds.) The Power of Language and the Media. Berlin: Peter Lang.
  8. Khan, Mahmud Hasan & Haque, M. S. (2006). Derrida and the Practice of Teaching Literature in Language Classes. In Azirah Hashim and Norizah Hassan (eds.), English in Southeast Asia: Prospects, Perspectives and Possibilities, Book One. Kuala Lumpur: University Malaya Press.
  9. Khan, Mahmud Hasan & Hare, A. E. (2005). Deconstructing the Language of Newsmagazines Using the Tools of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). In Lee Su Kim et al. (eds.) Language and Nationhood: New Contexts, New Realities. Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Press.


  1. An analysis of parliamentary discourse on MOI policy debates in Malaysia. New Zealand Discourse conference, Auckland 2-4 December, 2013.
  2. “Only syriah court can decide”: A discourse analysis of custody and conversion issues in Malaysia. Discourse & Communication conference, Loughborough University, 21-23 March 2012.
  3. Covering the jungles and the cities: a discourse analysis of environmental issues in Malaysian news media. New Zealand Discourse conference, Auckland 5-7 December, 2011.
  4. Media Discourse in Malaysia: An Epistemological Critique of Language and Society. ICA 2010, Singapore, 22 – 26 June, 2010.
  5. PhD dissertation examiner’s report as a discursive field of contestation. LSP conference PJ Hilton, KL, 15-17 July, 2010.
  6. Internationalization of Higher Education and its ‘Floating signifiers’ SEAAIR 2009, Penang ParkRoyal Hotel, 13th to 15th October 2009.
  7. Higher Education Going Local or Global: A Discursive Field of Contestation, GHEF  2009, Penang ParkRoyal Hotel, 13-16 December 2009.
  8. Watching Suffixes Constructing Reality: An Analysis of Discourse in Malaysian English News (Print) Media, Texturing ELT for New World Realities: The Malaysian International Conference on Academic Strategies in English Language Teaching, 28 Oct 2008 to 30 Oct 2008, UiTM.
  9. The discourse of national integration in Malaysian English dailies, English and Asia: First International Conference 2008 on Language and Linguistics, 24 Nov 2008 to 27 Nov 2008, Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia.
  10. “Local meets Global: Exploring the Semiotic Changes in Dhakai Movies in Response to Bollywood. IKMAS conference on Globalization, University Kebangsan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (August 21-23, 2006).
  11. Let us take a stance: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Bangladeshi Prime Minister s Speeches, 4th International Qualitative Research Convention, 03 Sep 2007 to 05 Sep 2007.
  12. “Framing the Digital Other: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Bangladeshi Political Party Websites.” Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice in the New World Order: 4th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (April 23 – 25, 2005).
  13. “Newsmagazine Stories: Whose Agenda is that by the way?” Language and Communication in the Media, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (27-29 April 2004).
  14. “Deconstruction as a Linguistic Approach to Analysing Identity.” Evolving Faces: Identities and the Printed Page, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (29 July-01 August 2004).
  15. “Discourse of Identity: The construction of the Muslim identity in the speeches of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.” Muslims and Islam in the 21st century: Image and Reality, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (4-6 August 2004).
  16. “The Discursive construction of migrant workers’ identity in Malaysian print media.” Critical Discourse Analysis, Valencia, Spain (5-8 May 2004).
  17. “The Discursive Construction of Identity and the Consumption of Transnational Texts of Popular Culture.” Language, Communication, Culture Conference, Beja, Portugal (Nov 24-27, 2004).
  18. “Derrida and the Practice of Teaching Literature in Language Classes.” Language and Confronting New Realities, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (08-10 December 2003).
  19. “Deconstructing the language of newsmagazines using the tools of critical discourse analysis (CDA).” Language and Nationhood: Confronting new Realities, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (16-18 December 2003).
  20. “The Rift within an imagined community: understanding nationalism(s) in Bangladesh.” Language and Nationhood: Confronting new Realities, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (16-18 December 2003).

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