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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Staff

Head of Department

Professor David Mosse

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Kostas Retsikas (Terms 1 & 2)

Dr Fabio Gygi (Term 3)

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Caroline Osella (Terms 1 & 3)

Dr Marloes Janson (Term 2)

MA Tutor

Dr Jakob Klein

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Dr Kevin Latham

Programme Convenor: MA Anthropology of Media

Dr Stephen Hughes

Programme Convenor: MA Anthropology of Food

Professor Harry West

Programme Convenor MA Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage

Dr Naomi Leite

Programme Convenor: MA Anthropological Research Methods

Dr Christopher Davis

Programme Convenor: MA Medical Anthropology

Dr Christopher Davis

Programme Convenor: MA Migration and Diaspora Studies

Dr Parvathi Raman

Programme Convenor: MA Social Anthropology

Dr Christopher Davis

Programme Convenor: MA Social Anthropology of Development

Dr John Campbell

Careers Liaison Advisor 

Dr Christopher Davis

Convenor of Personal Tutorships

Dr Christopher Davis

Helen Kanitkar Library and Research Centre

Dr Marloes Janson

Lori Allen
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
Lori Allen

Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; revolution;  anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
  • Email: la22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm
Paul Basu
Professor of Anthropology
Paul Basu

West Africa; material culture; cultural landscape; cultural memory; heritage; historicity; history of anthropology; colonialism; museum anthropology; exhibition practice; visual anthropology; migration and diaspora; culture and development.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4424
  • Email: paul.basu@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 508
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-12pm & 3-4pm

John R Campbell
Reader in the Anthropology of Africa and Law
John Campbell

His research interests include: East and Northeastern Africa; development, urbanisation, civil society, and ethnicity and nationalism.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4412
  • Email: jc58@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 580
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm
Christopher Davis
Lecturer in Anthropology
Christopher Davis

Medical anthropology, interpretive anthropology, ethnographic writing, philosophical anthropology; Central Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4418
  • Email: cd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 572
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays by appointment, Thursdays 2-4pm

Catherine Dolan
Reader in Anthropology
Catherine Dolan

East Africa. Corporations and capitalism, international development, moral economies, corporate social responsibility, enterprise and entrepreneurialism, inclusive markets, consumption and commodities, politics and practices of food governance, gender.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4425
  • Email: cd17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 567
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Richard Fardon
Professor of West African Anthropology
Richard Fardon Ethnographically, the anthropology of West Africa in general, with a particular focus on the ‘Middle Belt’ of Nigeria and Cameroon. Ethnographic interests, both contemporary and historical, include: politics and religion; ethnicity and identity; material culture. Anthropologically, contemporary theories in social anthropology, and the history of twentieth-century British social anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4406
  • Email: rf@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 591
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment

Fabio Gygi
Lecturer in Anthropology
Fabio Gygi

Japanese society, material culture, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural history

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4417
  • Email: fg5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 562
  • Office Hours: By email appointment
Stephen P Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Stephen Hughes India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Elizabeth Hull
Lecturer in Anthropology
Elizabeth Hull

South Africa; economic anthropology; anthropology of the state & institutions, bureaucracy, agriculture; livelihoods; health; nutrition; politics of food systems, food acquisition and consumption practices.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4766
  • Email: eh17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 551
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm
Marloes Janson
Reader in West African Anthropology
Marloes Janson

Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jamaʻat), faith-based development, urban anthropology, popular culture, gender, youth, West Africa (the Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4345
  • Email: mj19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 502
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm (and by appointment)

Jakob Klein
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Jakob Klein China (South); anthropology of food; consumption; regional cuisines; local speciality foods; urban society and the urban/rural divide; food commodity chains; borderlands; food and environment; food safety and risk; meat-eating and vegetarianism; ethnicity and local identities; socialist and postsocialist societies.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4428
  • Email: jk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 564
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3 - 2015/16
Kevin Latham
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Kevin Latham China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
  • Tel: 020 7898 4423
  • Email: kl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11.30am-1pm

Naomi Leite
Lecturer in Anthropology
Naomi Leite

Global interconnectivity, kinship/relatedness, anthropology of tourism/travel, migration and diaspora, social identities and cultural constitution of the self, heritage, religion, anthropological theory and epistemology. Portugal, Portuguese and Jewish diasporas, post-colonial Lusophone world.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4407
  • Email: nl15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 590
  • Office Hours: W, TH 5:15-6:30 PM
David Mosse
Professor of Social Anthropology
David Mosse India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4426
  • Email: dm21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 573
  • Office Hours: Please see office door for latest listing

Caroline Osella
Reader in Anthropology with reference to South Asia
Caroline Osella Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4427
  • Email: co6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 582
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4pm
Parvathi Raman
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Parvathi Raman The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4434
  • Email: pr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 571
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 - 2015/16

Kostas Retsikas
Senior Lecturer in South East Asian Anthropology
Kostas Retsikas The anthropology of personhood, social theory and poststructuralism, religion (especially Islam), the anthropology of the gift and of Islamic economics, Indonesia and South East Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4432
  • Email: kr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 595
  • Office Hours: Fridays 3-5pm
Edward Simpson
Professor of Social Anthropology
Edward Simpson Islam in South Asia; politics, ethnography, and society of Gujarat; social theory and the western Indian Ocean; the ethnography of reconstruction after catastrophic natural disasters
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4481
  • Email: es7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 589
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16

Gabriele vom Bruck
Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of the Middle East
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm
Harry West
Professor of Anthropology
Harry West Anthropology of Food: agriculture, food, and state policy; food safety and regulation; food and international trade; food and cultural heritage. Southern Africa, especially Mozambique; political anthropology; violence and the state; revolutionary socialism and post-socialist societies; traditional authority; sorcery; healing.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4414
  • Email: hw16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 569
  • Office Hours: All Year - by email appointment (during term time)

Senior Teaching Fellows

Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen
Senior Teaching Fellow
Anne-Mette Fisker-Nielsen

Japanese politics, religion and civil society in Japan, anthropology of politics, and social theory.

Mahnaz Marashi
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Islam and Islamic education in Malaysia


Damian Walter
Senior Teaching Fellow
Damian Walter

Nepal; shamanism and ritual practice; anthropological theory, past and present


Teaching Fellows

Spela Drnovsek-Zorko
Teaching Fellow
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Julia Huang
Teaching Fellow
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Ricardo Leizaola
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Nydia Swaby
Teaching Fellow
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Graduate Teaching Assistants

Sabiha Allouche
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Carrie Benjamin
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Ze Chen
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Jessica Chu
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Mary-Anne Decatur
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Jamila Dorner
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Franziska Fay
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Zoe Goodman
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Katharina Graf
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Jas Kaur
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Petra Matijevic
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Lennon Mhishi
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Yun Miao
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Leo Pang
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Edoardo Siani
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Emeritus Staff

Lionel Caplan
Emeritus Professor
Lionel Caplan

South Asia - Nepal and urban India. politics of land, religious fundamentalism, post-colonialism. Gurkhas, Anglo-Indians.

Trevor H J Marchand
Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology
Trevor Marchand Arabia (Yemen), West Africa (Northern Nigeria and Mali) and England: craft, carpentry and traditional building practices; apprenticeship, learning and cognition; space, place and architecture; theory in anthropology.

Dolores P Martinez
Emeritus Reader in Anthropology with reference to Japan
Dolores Martinez Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions
Adrian Mayer
Emeritus Professor
Adrian Mayer

South Asian rural and small town society, social and economic change


David Parkin
Emeritus Professor
David Parkin

Lecturer and professor of African anthropology, SOAS 1964-1996; professor of social anthropology, University of Oxford 1996-2008, emeritus thereafter. Fieldwork in eastern Africa 1966-2002 for a number of years in total, among Luo, Giriama and Swahili-speakers, on Islam, entrepreneurship, political ethnicity, language, material culture, and medical anthropology.

Johan P J Pottier
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology with reference to Africa
Johan Pottier Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo: rural development, food security, ethnic conflict, post-conflict rehabilitation

Richard Tapper
Emeritus Professor
Richard Tapper

Lecturer, Reader and Professor in SOAS 1967-2004; fieldwork in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey; published on pastoral nomadism, ethnic and tribal minorities and the state, material cultures, culinary cultures, anthropology of Islam, Iranian Cinema.

Andrew Turton
Emeritus Reader
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Research Associates

Simon Addison
Research Associate
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Asad Ahmed
Research Associate
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Raymond Apthorpe
Professorial Research Associate
Raymond Apthorpe
Andre Chappatte
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Andre Chappatte

Khalid Chauhan
Khalid Chauhan Dr Khalid Chauhan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London. He is working with Professor Edward Simpson and his team, on his European Research Council (ERC) funded Project- Roads and the Politics of Thought: Ethnographic Approaches to Infrastructure Development in South Asia.
Emma Crewe
Professorial Research Associate
Emma Crewe South Asia and the UK; anthropology of institutions (including the UK parliament and development NGOs), international development, policy, planning and practice, technology, gender, children's rights, violence and inequality.

Jeremy Eades
Professorial Research Associate
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Mariagiulia Grassilli
Research Associate
Mariagiulia Grassilli

Caroline Ifeka
Research Associate
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Jeremy Keenan
Professorial Research Associate
Jeremy Keenan

David Marsden
Research Associate
David Marsden
Reza Masoudi-Nejad
Research Associate
Reza Masoudi-Nejad

Tom Selwyn
Professorial Research Associate
Tom Selwyn

Anthropology of Tourism, hospitality, imagery and semiotics, Palestinian pilgrimage and cultural industries, Israeli landscape, borderlands, Indian caste system, political anthropology, post-conflict development, coasts, EC cultural policy in Mediterranean and Balkans, libraries.

Stuart Thompson
Research Associate
Stuart Thompson

Alice Tilche
Research Associate
Alice Tilche