Dr. Khairil Izamin Ahmad is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, History and International Relations, University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM). He holds an MA and a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Essex, UK. His research interests include contemporary ideologies and discourses, contemporary Malaysian politics, multiculturalism, politics of identity, and the relationship between faith and politics, which he analyses from the lens of poststructuralism. He is also interested in engaging with decolonial ideas in the context of the social sciences in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Drawing from Ernesto Laclau’s concept of populism, Khairil is currently researching the formation of political alliances across contemporary Malaysian political history.