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Department of History

History Department Staff

Head of Department
Professor Richard Reid

Deputy Head of Department
Dr Andrea Janku

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Lars Laamann

MA Tutor

Dr Nelida Fuccaro

Admissions Tutor

Dr Angus Lockyer

Research Tutor

Dr Shabnum Tejani

Research Coordinator

Dr Michael Charney

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

Michael W. Charney
Professor of Asian and Military 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 1.30-3pm

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
Wayne Dooling Early colonial South African history; slavery and emancipation in the Cape Colony
  • Tel: 020 7898 4628
  • Email: wd2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 300
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

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
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16
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
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16
Konrad Hirschler
Professor of Middle Eastern History
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: Mondays 11am-12pm

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: 316
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm
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: Monday-Friday 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: 318
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm, bookable at: https://goo.gl/U30hFW
Derek Mancini-Lander
Lecturer in the History of Iran
Derek Mancini-Lander

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: Wednesdays 1-3pm

Eleanor Newbigin
Senior 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:2015/16 Terms 2&3
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
Head of Department
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: Mondays 12.30-2pm
Marie Rodet
Senior 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.


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: 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: Mondays 10am-12pm and by appointment

Teaching Fellows/Graduate Teaching Assistants

David Bannister
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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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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Arthur Dudney
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Simon Forbes
Senior Teaching Fellow
Simon Forbes

Francesca Fuoli
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Shantelle George
Senior Teaching Fellow
Shantelle George

Chia-lin Huang
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Paul Kreitman
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Japanese history, Pacific history, environmental history


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
John Latham
Graduate Teaching Assistant
John Latham

Sarah S.Y. Lee
Teaching Fellow
Sarah Lee
Naina Manjrekar
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Shane Marotta
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Geoffrey Pakiam
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Marina Pyrovolaki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Marina Pyrovolaki

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

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 Wirtz
  • Tel: 020 7898 4773
  • Email: pw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm

Research Associates

Benjamin Fortna
Professorial Research Associate
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
William J Jenner
Professorial Research Associate
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Ian Kerr
Professorial Research Associate
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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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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.
Rosemary Seton
Research Associate
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Women, gender, mission history, archives relating to the history of Africa and Asia


Stefano Taglia
Research Associate
Stefano Taglia

Nationalism, Ottomanism, Science-Islam synthesis, Freemasonry


Postdoctoral Fellows

Peter Webb
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Peter Webb

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
Martina Deuchler
Emeritus Professor
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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.


Andrew D Roberts
Emeritus Professor
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Tropical Africa, c. 1850 -1960; historiography of Africa

Tom Tomlinson
Emeritus Professor
Tom Tomlinson