Dr Sukhmani Khorana

Dr Sukhmani Khorana is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow. Sukhmani is based at the Young and Resilient Research Centre (opens in a new window). Her research publications and grants span three main areas: diasporic film and culture, refugee media and empathy, and food in multicultural contexts. She has extensive experience in collaborating with community organisations and artists on projects benefiting diverse communities. With Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, Sukhmani is a CI on a current ARC Linkage Project, 'Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia'. Sukhmani is the Australian node leader of the international 'Justice, Arts and Migration' network and a member of the Executive Board of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network. She has also contributed expert commentary on media and diversity to ABC News, the Lowy Institute and The Conversation, and long-form essays to The Lifted Brow, Sydney Review of Books, and Overland among others.


  • PhD Film, 2010, The University of Adelaide
  • B. Media Honours (First Class), 2006, The University of Adelaide

Research Focus

  • Migration and Social Change
  • Diversity in Screen Media
  • Refugee Narratives
  • Politics of Empathy
  • Food Media
  • Politics of Food

Selected Publications

Khorana, S 2018, The tastes and politics of inter-cultural food in Australia. Rowman & Littlefield International.

Khorana, S (ed) 2013, Crossover cinema: cross-cultural film from production to reception. New York and London: Routledge.

Khorana, S 2018, Watching to Witness: Responses Beyond Empathy to Refugee Documentaries in Tanja Dreher and Anshuman Mondal (ed.) Ethical responsiveness and the politics of difference. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 133-149.

Khorana, S 2019, Diverse Australians on television: from nostalgic whiteness to aspirational multiculturalism, Media International Australia, Vol. 174, No. 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X19863849

Khorana, S 2017, ‘Now I fight for belonging’: a cosmopolitan refugee meets regional Australia in Constance on the Edge, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 14, pp. 61–73.

Khorana, S 2015, Self-distribution and Mary Meets Mohammad: towards ethical witnessing, Studies in Australasian Cinema, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 66-76.

Khorana, S 2014, From ‘De-wogged’ Migrants to ‘Rabble Rousers’: Mapping the Indian Diaspora in Australia’, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 250-264.

Khorana, S 2012, Orientalising the Emerging Media Capitals: The Age on Indian TV’s ‘Hysteria’. Media International Australia, No. 145, pp. 39-49.

Other Articles

Khorana, S 2018, The problem with Apu: why we need better portrayals of people of colour on television, The Conversation, 29 November 2018

Khorana, S 2017, Home and hope in the ethno-burbs, The Lifted Brow, 5 October 2017.

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