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Department of History

History Department Staff

Head of Department
Dr Wayne Dooling

Deputy Head of Department
Dr Shabnum Tejani

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Lars Laamann

MA Tutor

Dr Christopher Gerteis

Admissions Tutor

Dr Angus Lockyer

Research Tutor

Professor Richard Reid

Teresa Bernheimer
Senior Lecturer in the History of the Near and Middle East
Teresa Berheimer

Islamic History to 1200; social history of elites in early Islam, especially 'Alid family; documentary and material evidence from Late Antiquity to early Islam; origins and development of Shi'ism; early Islamic Iran

  • Tel: 020 7898 4605
  • Email: tb31@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Michael W. Charney
Reader in South East Asian and Imperial History
Michael Charney The history of Buddhist societies in South and Southeast Asia and of culture, technology, and warfare in colonial Africa and Asia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4612
  • Email: mc62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 326
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am-1pm

William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Professor of the Economic History of Asia and Africa
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
Wayne Dooling
Senior Lecturer in the History of Southern Africa
Head of Department
Wayne Dooling Early colonial South African history; slavery and emancipation in the Cape Colony
  • Tel: 020 7898 4628
  • Email: wd2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 318
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4.30pm, Thursdays 2-5pm

Roy Fischel
Lecturer in the History of South Asia
Roy Fischel

History of precolonial South Asia, in particular Muslim polities and societies; the Deccan, 1300-1700; South Asia and the early modern Muslim world.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4643
  • Email: rf26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 312
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm
Benjamin Fortna
Professor in the History of the Middle East
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4632
  • Email: bf7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 300
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm

Nelida Fuccaro
Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East
Nelida Fuccaro Modern Middle Eastern history, especially Iraq, Persian Gulf and Syria; urban history; history of violence; social and cultural history of oil ; colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism; Kurdish history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4618
  • Email: nf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 308
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm
Christopher Gerteis
Senior Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan
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: Wednesdays 3-4pm and by email appointment

Konrad Hirschler
Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East
Konrad Hirschler

Cultural and social history of the premodern Middle East; historiography; history of reading; Crusades in the Middle East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4602
  • Email: kh20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 324
  • Office Hours: By email appointment
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Andrea Janku
Senior Lecturer in the History of China
Andrea Janku

China, Social and Cultural History; The Early Press and the History of Communication; Environmental History

  • Tel: 020 7898 4636
  • Email: aj7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 310
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Lars Laamann
Lecturer in the History of China
Lars Laamann

Popular religions in early modern China (16th-20th cc); Christianity in china (18th-20th cc); Opium and other narcotics (18th-20th cc); Manchu history (16th-20th cc)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4634
  • Email: ll10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 323
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-12pm
Angus Lockyer
Lecturer in the History of Japan
Angus Lockyer Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: al21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 316
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Mondays 3-5pm

Derek Mancini-Lander
Lecturer in the History of Iran
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Cultural and social history of the late medieval and early modern Persianate world; urban and local history in Iran; space, memory, and narrative in Persian historiography; shrine-centered religiosity; Safavid history

  • Tel: 020 7898 4609
  • Email: dm40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 311
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm
Eleanor Newbigin
Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia
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

John Parker
Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa
John Parker Early modern and modern West African history, especially social and political history of Ghana
  • Tel: 020 7898 4635
  • Email: jp23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 305
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm
Richard Reid
Professor of the History of Africa
Richard Reid

Warfare in Eastern Africa; Politics of the Horn

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4774
  • Email: rr15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 322
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm or by email appointment

Marie Rodet
Lecturer in the History of Africa
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4606
  • Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Mandy Sadan
Reader in the History of South East Asia
Mandy Sadan

Ethnicity and conflict in mainland South East Asia, cultural production, non-national histories of Eastern Himalayas and South East Asian Massif and the South, South East and East Asian borderworlds of Burma

  • Tel: 020 7898 4622
  • Email: ms114@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 302
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11.45am-12.45pm or by email appointment

Shabnum Tejani
Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia
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

Teaching Fellows

Niki Alsford
Senior Teaching Fellow
Niki Alsford
  • Tel: 020 7898 4525
  • Email: na29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 267
  • Office Hours: Fridays 3-5pm or by email appointment
Lauren Banko
Senior Teaching Fellow
Lauren Banko

David Beamish
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Fanny Bessard
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Thomas Richard Bruce
Senior Teaching Fellow
Thomas Bruce
Cécile Bushidi
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Cihan Celik
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Simon Forbes
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Francesca Fuoli
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Shantelle George
Senior Teaching Fellow
Shantelle George

Philip Gooding
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Chia-lin Huang
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Raghav Kishore
Senior Teaching Fellow
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George Lane
Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of the Middle East and Central Asia
George Lane Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4285
  • Email: gl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 303
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1.30-4pm or by email appointment

Sarah S.Y. Lee
Senior Teaching Fellow
Sarah Lee
Marina Pyrovolaki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Marina Pyrovolaki

Arabic Historiography (Popular/Scholarly), Crusades, Arab-Byzantine Relations, Early Islamic History.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4605
  • Email: mp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm (or by appointment)

Jacques Rouyer Guillet
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Amrita Shodhan
Senior Teaching Fellow
Amrita Shodhan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4627
  • Email: as115@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm

Martyn Smith
Senior Teaching Fellow
Martyn Smith
Philipp Wirtz
Senior Teaching Fellow
Philipp Wortz
  • Tel: 020 7898 4773
  • Email: pw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4pm in room 306

Research Associates

William J Jenner
Professorial Research Associate
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Ian Kerr
Professorial Research Associate
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Nur Masalha
Professorial Research Associate
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Modern Middle Eastern history and politics; Holy Land studies

David Morgan
Professorial Research Associate
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Richard Rathbone
Professorial Research Associate
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Peter Riddell
Professorial Research Associate
Peter G. Riddell

Valentina Boretti
Research Associate
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Caterina Bori
Research Associate
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Stephanie Cronin
Research Associate
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Deborah Gaitskell
Research Associate
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Anthony Gorman
Research Associate
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Lifeng Han
Research Associate
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Colin Heywood
Research Associate
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Robert Irwin
Research Associate
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Michael Leigh
Research Associate
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Roberto Mazza
Research Associate
Roberto Mazza
Raquel A.G. Reyes
Research Associate
Raquel Reyes History of science and medicine; gender, sexuality, and the senses; social and cultural impact of early modern global trade in Southeast Asia with particular reference to the Philippines.

Stefano Taglia
Research Associate
Stefano Taglia

Nationalism, Ottomanism, Science-Islam synthesis, Freemasonry


Emeritus Staff

T H Barrett
T H Barrett History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period
Michael Brett
Emeritus Reader
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Ian Brown
Emeritus Professor
Ian Brown The modern economic and political history of South East Asia; the economic impact of the inter-war depression on South East Asia
G R Hawting
Emeritus Professor
Gez Hawting Pre-modern Islamic and Middle Eastern history; the origins and early development of Islam in the Middle East

Shula Marks
Emeritus Professor
Shula Marks
Avril A Powell
Emeritus Reader
Avril Powell Islam in South Asia; Mughal history; Muslim-Christian relations

Peter Robb
Emeritus Professor
Peter Robb

The history of modern South Asia; early Calcutta, c.1780-1830, Indian agrarian history, especially Bihar and Eastern India.

Tom Tomlinson
Emeritus Professor
Tom Tomlinson