Religion in Modern South and Southeast Asia; History of Modern South Asia; History of Modern Southeast Asia; Islamic Connections in the Indian Ocean; Sufism in Early Modern and Modern South Asia.
PhD dissertation (2013):
"Pawangs on the Malay Frontier: Miraculous Intermediaries of Rice, Ore, Beasts and Guns" (Attained the Thomas Lifka Best Dissertation Prize).
Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies in South and Southeast Asia (edited with Michael Feener), Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009.
"Sex to the Next-World: Esoteric Science for the Penis-bearing Mualaa in Shi'ism in South East Asia. 'Alid Piety and Secration Constructions, Michael Feener and Chiara Formaichi, eds, London: Hurst, forthcoming.
‘Making Medinas in the East: Islamist Connections and Progressive Islam,’ Islamic Connections: Studies of Muslim South and Southeast Asia, Feener and Sevea, eds., Singapore: ISEAS, 2009.
‘Islamist Intellectual Space: 'True Islam' and the Ummah in the East,’ Asian Journal of Social Science, Volume 35, Numbers 4-5, 2007, pp. 575-607.
‘Islamist Questioning of Colonialism: Towards an Understanding of the Islamist Oeuvre,’ Third World Quarterly, Volume 28, Issue 7, 2007, pp. 1375-1399.