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Centre for Gender Studies

Staff at the Centre for Gender Studies

Centre Chair

Dr Gina Heathcote

MA Programme Convenor

Professor Nadje Al-Ali

MA Admissions Tutor

Dr Alyosxa Tudor

Research Tutor

Dr Gina Heathcote

PhD Admissions Tutor

Dr Gina Heathcote

Nadje Al-Ali
Professor of Gender Studies
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

Gina Heathcote
Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies
Research Tutor and PhD admissions tutor
Centre Chair
Gina Heathcote

International feminist legal theories; International Law especially laws on the use of force; women's human rights; political and legal theories

  • Tel: 020 7898 4367
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 535
  • Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 9:30-10:30am

Katherine Natanel
Senior Teaching Fellow (2014/15)
Katherine Natanel

Gender and feminist theory, politics and political participation, political apathy, gendering violence/conflict, domination and resistance, affect theory, feminist and women’s activism, gender in the Middle East, Israel-Palestine.

Ruba Salih
Reader in Gender Studies
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4245
  • Email: ruba.salih@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 471
  • On Sabbatical:On leave until January 2016

Alyosxa Tudor
Senior Teaching Fellow
Alyoxa Tudor

Trans_feminism; Racism, Migratism and Constructions of Europeanness; Critical European Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Critical Migration Studies; Interdependencies/Intersectionality; Diaspora Studies.

  • Email: at53@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11-1pm - request appointment in advance


Fareda Banda
Staff Silhouette

Human Rights of Women, English Family Law, Comparative Family Law focusing on Africa, Law and Society in Africa, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4664
  • Email: fb9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 237
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00
Samia Bano
Samia Bano

Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 020 7898 4668
  • Email: sb169@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 238
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00-13:00

Hannah Bargawi
Hannah Bargawi Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Links between Macroeconomic Policies and Poverty and Inequality; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Feminist Economics, Gender and Intra-household research; Africa; Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: hb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 476
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2014/15: Terms 2 & 3
Brenna Bhandar
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 541
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 13:00 to 15:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2014/15

Senija Causevic
Senija Causevic

Critical management; critical marketing; (contested) heritage marketing, management and interpretation; experiential marketing; destination branding/marketing/representation; post-conflict cultural settings; Ottoman Empire; Balkans; India

  • Tel: 0207 898 4514
  • Email: sc83@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 549
  • Office Hours: Monday 2 - 4
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Christopher Davis
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
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 3-5pm, Thursdays by appointment
Stephen Dodd
Steve Dodd Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in representations of the native place (furusato), gender/sexuality and modernity
  • Tel: 020 7898 4216
  • Email: sd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2014-15

Lindiwe Dovey
Lindiwe Dovey

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

Kai Easton
Kai Easton

Colonial and postcolonial studies, especially South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the culture of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; theories of fiction and history.

Ayman El-Desouky
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:30- 4, Tues 1- 2:30 and by appointment
Christopher Gerteis
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Office Hours: Term 2: Thursdays 3-4pm and by email appointment

Kate Grady
Staff Silhouette

Criminal law; public international law especially international criminal law, peace and security, peacekeeping, the United Nations, gender, and human rights.

Aeyal Gross
Aeyal Gross

Laura Hammond
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Laura Hammond

Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4654
  • Email: lh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 371
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10-12pm or by appointment
Vanja Hamzić
Vanja Hamzić

Islamic Law; Laws of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and the Arab World; Legal Anthropology; Legal Historiography (esp. Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal Law); Human Rights Law; Gender, Sexuality and Law; Legal Theory; Law of Tort; Family Law; Law and Aesthetics/Art; Global Law/Governance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 539
  • Office Hours: Friday 12:00-13:40 and also by email appointment

Colette Harris
Staff Silhouette

Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.

Rachel Harris
Rachel Harris Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual, music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Rachel V Harrison
Rachel Harrison
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00
Sian Hawthorne
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm (during term time)

Angela Impey
Angela Impey Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development.
Tania Kaiser
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Tania Kaiser

East Africa, particularly Uganda and Sudan, West Africa; conflict and development; forced migration; refugees; humanitarian interventions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4484
  • Email: tk51@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 290
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-12pm (Term 1 only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)

Deniz Kandiyoti
Deniz Kandiyoti Middle East and Central Asia: gender and development; the state and social policy; feminist theory
Laleh Khalili
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, refugees and humanitarian regimes, the politics of logistics and transport, Middle East, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2014/15

Karima Laachir
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1.30pm-2.30pm
Jieyu Liu
Jieyu Liu

Women and gender in China; gender and work; sexuality and organizations; migration; gender and intergenerational relations; ageing and family transitions; unemployment; social policy and welfare reforms in China.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4899
  • Email: jl92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: M109
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-4pm

Helen Macnaughtan
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Helen Macnaughton
  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
Zoë Marriage
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Zoë Marriage The political economy of security, DR Congo, demobilisation, emergency assistance to countries at war
  • Tel: 020 7898 4437
  • Email: zm2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 297
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3.30 - 5.30pm

Dolores P Martinez
Dolores Martinez Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions
Dina Matar
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Alessandra Mezzadri
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Alessandra Mezzander International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India  
  • Tel: 0207 898 4533
  • Email: am99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4421
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-1pm
Ben Murtagh
Ben Murtagh Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer​ ​studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation​ ​
of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film​ ​and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12noon/ Fridays 10-11am

Eleanor Newbigin
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Eleanor Newbigin

History of modern South Asia, particularly the transition to independence; gender, family and law in colonial and post-colonial India

  • Tel: 020 7898 4625
  • Email: en2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Francesca Orsini
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

Caroline Osella
Caroline Osella Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
Wen-chin Ouyang
Wen-chin Ouyang Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm/Wednesdays 12noon-1pm

Navtej K Purewal
Navtej K Purewal

Purewal’s interests fall within two areas, both with a distinctive Punjab (India and Pakistan) focus. The first is on feminist scholarship and gender in South Asia, including female feticide and routes and barriers to girls’ education. The second area is the sociology of religion. Purewal was the principal investigator on a large project under the Religion and Society programme (AHRC and ESRC) on popular religious practices and contemporary transgressions of religious boundaries in South Asia focusing specifically on the region of Punjab across India and Pakistan.

Parvathi Raman
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm or by Appointment

Rahul Rao
Rahul Rao International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4405
  • Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm
Timon Screech
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
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

Annabelle Sreberny
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment
Isolde Standish
Isolde Standish: Centre for Film Studies

East Asian film and visual media

  • Tel: 020 7898 4227
  • Email: is16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-12noon/Email for an appointment

Carol G. S. Tan
Carol Tan

Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law

  • Tel: 020 7898 4630
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4423
  • Office Hours: Thursday 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Shabnum Tejani
Shabnum Tejani

Nineteenth and twentieth century social and intellectual history, particularly of the Bombay Presidency; communalism and nationalism in India; debates around secularism and religious intolerance

  • Tel: 020 7898 4613
  • Email: st40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 314
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm, Wednesdays 3.30-5pm

Hedi Viterbo
Hedi Viterbo

Law and politics; state violence (particularly in Israel/Palestine and the United States); childhood; sexuality

Gabriele vom Bruck
Gabriele Vom Bruck

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

Lynn Welchman
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15
Amina Yaqin
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: Wednesday 2pm - 3pm and Friday 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Katherine P Zebiri
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Katherine P Zebiri Arabic language and literature, modern Islamic studies

Part-time teaching staff

Akanksha Mehta
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

Nydia Swaby
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Nydia A. Swaby

Administrative Staff

Anna Seecharan
Department Manager (Interim)
Anna Seecharan
Lepina Begum
Department Student Officer
Lepina Begum

The Department Student Officer (DSO) is available to offer information and guidance to prospective students enquiring about departmental programmes of study, and to current students for issues such as class attendance, course work deadlines and submission, as well as mitigating circumstances and timetable queries. The DSO works closely with the department's student representatives and welfare departments across the School to provide specialised support to students in the department of Development Studies and Centre for Gender Studies. 

Research Fellows

Mehri Honarbin-Halliday
Research Fellow
Mehri Halliday

Dr Honarbin-Holliday is a practicing artist and works interdisciplinary exploring the intersections of gender, identity, and education. She is the author of Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society (2008). She has exhibited her video and fired clay installations in Iran, Britain, Mexico, and the United States and is the recipient of the 2007 national award from the Art and Culture Secretariat at Tehran Municipality. Dr Honarbin-Holliday is currently working on a new book for I.B. Tauris titled Masculinities in Urban Iran.

Mehran Razaei
Visiting Researcher
Staff Silhouette

Research Associates

Leila Zaki Chakravarti
Research Associate
Leila Zaki Chakravarti

Leila Zaki Chakravarti trained as an anthropologist at the American University in Cairo. She worked as a shop-floor operative in an Egyptian garment assembly factory as fieldwork for her PhD at SOAS. She is currently publishing her thesis and related papers on the intersection of class, gender and religion within workplace politics on the globalised shop-floor. She is also exploring new research avenues into issues of gender identities and local politics in the 'workplaces' of football, encompassing both professional clubs and informal urban street games, in post-Arab Spring Egypt.

Fadia Faqir
Research Associate
Fadia Faqir

Sarah Ghabrial
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Modernity; secularism; citizenship; legal pluralism; colonialism; Islamic law; Mediterranean and Maghreb studies; histories of gender, sexuality, the family in the Middle-East and North Africa; French Second Empire and Third Republic; 19th-20th centuries.

Samar Habib
Research Associate
Samr Habib

Dianne Otto
Professorial Research Associate
Dianne Otto

Dianne Otto is Francine V. McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School and a Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS.

Marta Pietrobelli
Post-Doctoral Associate
Marta Pietrobelli

Gender Mainstreaming, Democratisation, Institutionalisation of Gender, International Organisations, Political Participation, NGOs, Women’s Empowerment, Violence against women, Domestic Violence, Gender Equality.

Maha Sabbah
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette