SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Academic Staff

Head of Department
Dr Kevin Latham

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Dr Kostas Retsikas

Undergraduate Tutor
Dr Caroline Osella

MA Tutor
Dr Jakob Klein

Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD) Tutor
Professor Paul Basu

Research Committee Chair
Professor Edward Simpson

Teaching Committee Chair
Dr Catherine Dolan

Careers Liaison Advisor
Dr Elizabeth Hull

Exams Officers
Dr John Campbell (UG)
Dr Gabriele vom Bruck (PG)

Helen Kanitkar Library and Research Centre
Dr Caroline Osella

Web & Timetable Officer
Dr Naomi Leite

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
  • On Sabbatical:On research leave, 2016-17
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.


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
  • On Sabbatical: On research leave, 2016-17
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: Wednesdays 3-5pm
Marloes Janson
Reader in West African Anthropology
Marloes Janson

Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jama Ľat), 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
  • On Sabbatical:On research leave, 2016-17

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
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 travel and tourism, migration and diaspora, imaginaries of responsibility & mutual intelligibility, social identities, cultural constitution of the self, heritage, ethnographic theory and epistemology. Portuguese and Jewish diasporas; post-colonial Lusophone world.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4407
  • Email: nl15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 590
  • Office Hours: Please see office door for latest listing
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: + 44 (0)20 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.

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:On research leave, 2016-17

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: By email appointment

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.

  • Email: af3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm & Thursdays 12-1pm

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

Graduate Teaching Assistants

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
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
Dolores Martinez
Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions

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
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.


Research Associates


Khalid Chauhan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Khalid Chauhan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Edward Simpson and his team on the European Research Council (ERC) funded project Roads and the Politics of Thought: Ethnographic Approaches to Infrastructure Development in South Asia. South Asia; narratives of nation-building & state, development - roads and infrastructure, gender & development, sectarian terrorism, fragile states, governance, public sector reforms, and conflict.
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.

Giovanni Da Col
Research Associate
Giovanni da Col

Tibet and Southern Italy; History & theory of anthropology; hospitality and strangerhood; economic cosmologies (cosmoeconomics); luck, misfortune, chance and theories of prosperity; comparative ideas of event; gifts, anti-gifts and ideologies of gratuity; kinship and cosmology; witchcraft and mistrust; humour, jokes and deceptive language; sacred mountains; comparative theories of “life” and vitality; imagination; sacrifice and utopia; political economy and value of academic publishing; predatory publishers and academic scams.


Swargajyoti Gohain
Research Associate
Swargajyoti Gohain

South Asia; borders, roads and mobility, space and place, culture and politics, development, South Asia. Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.


Sushrut Jadhav
Research Associate
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Britain, South Asia; cultural dimensions of mental health across nations, suffering, marginalised populations in psychiatric care in London and Chennai, cultural identity of Dalit groups (formerly 'untouchable' caste) in India. Senior Clinical Lecturer, Research Department of Health Sciences, UCL.


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.


Alice Tilche
Research Associate
Alice Tilche

South Asia; material culture and museum studies, South Asian anthropology, development studies and the politics and cultures of indigeneity.