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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Departmental Staff

Head of Department

Professor Anna Contadini

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor & Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Tania Tribe

Postgraduate Taught Courses Tutor & MA Admissions Tutor

Dr Lukas Nickel

Research Admissions Tutor/Research Tutor

Dr Shane McCausland

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
Head of Department
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

Pamela Corey
Lecturer in South East Asian Art
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Modern and contemporary art and critical theory; Southeast Asian art history and visual studies (expertise in Vietnam and Cambodia); urban studies; postcolonial studies; theories of subjectivity, space, diaspora, transnationalism, intermedia and aesthetics.

Heather Elgood, MBE
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

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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4443
  • Email: cg2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B305
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3.30pm
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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 - 2015/16

Christian Luczanits
David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
Christian Luczanits

History of art and architecture of the Himalayan region; Buddhist art of the western Himalayas; Gandharan art; presenting and exhibiting Buddhist art; heritage, preservation and conservation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4162
  • Email: cl46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B319
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 2-3pm
Shane McCausland
Professor of 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: B304
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm

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
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1-2pm

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
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 - 2015/16
Scott Redford
Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology
Scott Redford

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
Ashley Thompson
Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B318
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4pm

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
Louise Tythacott

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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4159
  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B320
  • Office Hours: Fridays 3-4pm

Visiting Lecturers

Fiona Buckee
Research Associate
Temporary Lecturer in South Asian Art
Fiona Buckee

Teaching Fellows/GTAs

Anna McSweeney
Senior Teaching Fellow
Anna McSweeney
Polly Savage
Senior 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

Emeritus Staff

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Emeritus Professor
Doris Abouseif

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

Elizabeth Moore
Emeritus Professor
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

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
Emeritus Professor
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
Emeritus Professor
Roderick Whitfield

Research Associates

Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate
Senior Teaching Fellow
Gina Barnes
A D H Bivar
Professorial Research Associate
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John Carswell
Professorial Research Associate
John Carswell
Anthony Cutler
Professorial Research Associate
Anthony Cutler

Cultural relations between Byzantium and early Islam; ivory carving in these societies.


Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Mehreen Chida-Razvi
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 4-5pm in B311
Farouk Yahya
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Angela Chiu
Research Associate
Angela Chiu
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
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Michael Paraskos
Michael Paraskos

Programme Officer for the Getty-Funded Project, Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation, at SOAS University of London.

Jacqueline Phillips
Research Associate
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