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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Departmental Staff

Head of Department

Professor Anna Contadini

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Tania Tribe

Admissions Tutor

Dr Stacey Pierson

Postgraduate Taught Courses Tutor

Professor Elizabeth Moore (Terms 1 & 3)

Dr Crispin Branfoot (Term 2)

Research Admissions Tutor/Research Tutor

Dr Shane McCausland

Denise Acford
Course Administrator of Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art
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Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology
Doris Abouseif

Architecture of Cairo, the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4455
  • Email: da30@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B303
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm

Crispin Branfoot
Senior Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology
Crispin Branfoot Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.
Anna Contadini
Professor of the History of Islamic Art
Director of the 'Treasures of SOAS' project
Anna Contadini Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B306
  • Office Hours: All Year (during term time) - Thursdays 2-3pm

Heather Elgood
Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art
Hettie Elgood Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment
Ruth Fox
Administrator of Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art
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Charles Gore
Senior Lecturer in the History of African Art
Charlie Gore Modern and contemporary arts of Africa, including its histories of photography; visual and material cultures of West Africa, and their linkages to diasporic arts past and present; the arts of the Benin kingdom, masquerade, textiles and other art forms in southern Nigeria, as well as a particular focus on contemporary arts in Nigeria.
Charlotte Horlyck
Lecturer in the History of Korean Art
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B403
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-12pm (during term time)

Geoffrey King
Reader in Islamic Art and Archaeology
Geoffrey King Islamic art and archaeology in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE and Oman; late Antiquity, Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubids and Mamluks
Christian Luczanits
David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
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Buddhist iconography of the Himalayan region; early Gandhāran art.


Shane McCausland
Reader in the History of Art of China
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: 020 7898 4705
  • Email: sm80@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B402
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4pm
Elizabeth Moore
Professor in the Art & Archaeology of South East Asia
Elizabeth Moore Arts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia cultural landscape; pre- and proto-historic Myanmar, Pyu and Mon culture; visual culture, social memory and sacred landscape
  • Tel: 020 7898 4452
  • Email: em4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 - 2014/15

Lukas Nickel
Reader in Chinese Art History and Archaeology
Lukas Nikel History of Art and Archaeology of China and the Silk Road, Chinese culture of the Bronze Age and the Han to Tang period; early Buddhist art; art and technology in China, Chinese heritage, comparative art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4454
  • Email: ln2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B407
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Simon O'Meara
Lecturer in the History of Architecture & Archaeology of the Islamic Middle East
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Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.


Stacey Pierson
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting; Museum Studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
  • Email: sp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B308
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Scott Redford
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Art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia, the eastern Mediterranean, and SW Asia from the 11-14th centuries with a special interest in landscape, urbanism, and ceramics


Timon Screech
Professor of the History of Art
Timon Screech History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Ashley Thompson
Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art
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  • Office Hours: Joining SOAS in September 2014

Tania Tribe
Senior Lecturer in Art History
Tania Tribe Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: tt10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm
Louise Tythacott
Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art
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Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.


Teaching Fellows

Elaine Buck
Senior Teaching Fellow
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  • Tel: 020 7898 4705
  • Email: eb37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B402
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm

Valerie AM Jurgens
Research Associate
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Doreen Mueller
MPhil and PhD Student Rep
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Polly Savage
Teaching Fellow
Polly Savage

Contemporary art and curatorial strategies in twentieth and twenty-first century Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean; post-independence visual arts in Angola, Madagascar and Haiti; post-colonial critique and trans-national exhibition practice.

Peter D. Sharrock
Senior Teaching Fellow
Peter Sharrock He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA)

Emeritus Staff

Youngsook Pak
Emeritus Reader
Youngsook Pak

Korean art history (from prehistory to the 20th century), Buddhist art, Confucian elite and its culture, Text and Images

John Picton
Professorial Research Associate
John Picton

The art and archaeology of Nigeria, masquerade, textile history, 20th-century transformations in the visual culture of sub-Saharan Africa


Michael Rogers
Emeritus Professor
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Roderick Whitfield
Professorial Research Associate
Roderick Whitfield

Research Associates

Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate
Senior Teaching Fellow
Gina Barnes
  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: gb11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
A D H Bivar
Professorial Research Associate
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Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Bilha Moor
Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow
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Farouk Yahya
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Fiona Buckee
Research Associate
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Iside Carbone
Research Associate
Iside Carbone
Angela Chiu
Research Associate
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Chu Jen Ting
Research Associate
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Chu Jen Yen
Research Associate
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Philip Denwood
Research Associate
Philip Denwood
  • Tel: 020 7898 4452
  • Email: pd2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm
Clarence Eng 翁纯全
Research Associate
Clarence Eng

Valerie AM Jurgens
Research Associate
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Kristina Kleutghen
Research Associate
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Sada Mire
Research Associate
Sada Mire
Laia Manonelles Moner
Research Associate
Laia Manonelles-Moner

Jacqueline Phillips
Research Associate
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