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Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Centre for the Study of Pakistan Members

Chair of Centre

Dr Amina Yaqin

James Caron
Member, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
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Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-17:00 / Fridays By appointment
Jonathan Goodhand
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Jonathan Goodhand South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 296
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4 (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)

Jan-Peter Hartung
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
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Intellectual History of Islam with special reference to South Asia and the wider Persianate World, Political Islam, later Islamic Philosophy and Theology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4383
  • Email: Jh74@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 333
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm
Martin W Lau
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Martin Lau Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law

Matthew Mccartney
Research Associate
Matthew Mccartney Economics, development economics, political economy of India and Pakistan since 1947; the state and late industrialisation, the fundamental and proximate determinants of economic growth
Matthew J Nelson
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Matthew Nelson Politics of South Asia, Politics of Islam, Islam and democracy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Office Hours: Thurs. 3.30-5.30

Francesca Orsini
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Francesca Orsini Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4242
  • Email: fo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 419
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
Paolo Novak
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Paolo Novak

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
  • Email: pn4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 368
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm (Terms 1 & 2) By appointment in Term

Gurharpal Singh
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Gurharpal Singh

Professor Gurharpal Singh is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor in Inter-Religious Relation and Development in the Department of Study of Religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4108
  • Email: gs41@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 319
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
Burzine K Waghmar
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
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Indo-Iranian History, Historical Geography and Philology (Avestan, Old Persian, Parthian, Pahlavi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Pashto, Balochi and Kashmiri); Languages and Religions of Late Antiquity and the Silk Road (Bactrian, Khotanese, Sogdian, contacts among Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and early Islam); Pakistan studies (Ancient and early Medieval History, Dardic and Nuristani dialectology, ethnography and topography of NWFP, FATA, Northern Areas and Trans-Karakoram Tract); Pakistani minorities; HUMINT counterterrorism and linguistic analysis; South Asian Muslim psycho-sociology; Muslim non-Muslim relations (Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

  • Email: bw3@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Farzana Whitfield
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Farzana Whitfield
  • Tel: 020 7898 4153
  • Email: fq@soas.ac.uk
  • On Sabbatical:On maternity leave 2013/14
Amina Yaqin
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Staff Silhouette Urdu language and literature; post-colonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian literatures in English; feminism in a Third World context; gender and politics in Pakistan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Office Hours: Please email for appointment.
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Professorial Research Associates

Aamer Hussein
Professorial Research Associate
Aamer Hussein. Credit: Simon Veit-Wilson

Hussein will be researching the development of narrative traditions in modern Urdu, with a particular focus on mid-20th century Pakistani fiction,and women's writings from South Asia. He will make use of rare and forgotten volumes in the library, some of which he has, in the past, rediscovered. He will also be completing a volume of fiction in Urdu, which reflects his readings in Urdu literature.


Research Associates

Matthew Mccartney
Research Associate
Matthew Mccartney Economics, development economics, political economy of India and Pakistan since 1947; the state and late industrialisation, the fundamental and proximate determinants of economic growth
Peter Morey
Research Associate
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