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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 Mandy Sadan

MA Tutor

Dr Christopher Gerteis

Admissions Tutor

Dr Angus Lockyer

Research Tutor

Dr Konrad Hirschler

T H Barrett
Research Professor of East Asian History
T H Barrett History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period
Teresa Bernheimer
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:2013-14 Terms 1 & 2

Ian Brown
Professor of Economic History of SE Asia
Ian Brown The modern economic and political history of South East Asia; the economic impact of the inter-war depression on South East Asia
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

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
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2 2013/14
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: Tuesdays 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: Tuesdays 3-4pm (and by appointment)
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
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm or by email appointment

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
  • On Sabbatical:2013-14 Terms 1 & 2
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: Tuesdays 2.30-4.30pm

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:2013-14 Terms 1 & 2
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
  • On Sabbatical:Research Leave 2013-14

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
  • On Sabbatical:2013-14
Peter Robb
Research Professor of the History of India
Emeritus Professor
Peter Robb

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


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
  • Office Hours: All Year - Wednesdays 11am-1pm (during term time)
Mandy Sadan
Lecturer 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: Tues & Weds 11:30-12:30, during teaching weeks

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

Alexandra Buhler
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Marisa Candotti
Senior Teaching Fellow
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  • Tel: 020 7898 4773
  • Email: mc85@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 481
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4pm
Jocelyn Chatterton
Research Associate
Jocelyn Chatterton

Fadi Dawood
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Shantelle George
Senior Teaching Fellow
Shantelle George

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: All Year - Fridays 1:30-3:30pm (during term time)

Sarah S.Y. Lee
Senior Teaching Fellow
Sarah Lee
  • Email: 311742@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 323
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1-2.30pm or by email appointment
Yi Li
Senior Teaching Fellow
LI Yi

South East Asia and China, Colonial and Imperial History, History of Migration, Overseas Chinese Network

  • Tel: 020 7898 4612
  • Email: yl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 326
  • Office Hours: Fridays 3:30-4:30pm

Roberto Mazza
Research Associate
Roberto Mazza
Winifred Obasi
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 2.30-4.30pm

Martyn Smith
Senior Teaching Fellow
Martyn Smith
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: ms126@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 326
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm
Bianca Son (Suantak)
Senior Teaching Fellow
Bianca Son

My research is focused on the Zo ethnic group who were divided into Burma, Bangladesh and India during and after Colonialism.


Stefano Taglia
Senior Teaching Fellow
Stefano Taglia

Nationalism, Ottomanism, Science-Islam synthesis, Freemasonry

  • Tel: 020 7898 4615
  • Email: st42@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 511
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-1pm by email appointment
Peter Webb
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Jacob Wiebel
Senior Teaching Fellow
Jacob Wiebel
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

Peter Boomgaard
Professorial Research Associate
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Ulrike Freitag
Professorial Research Associate
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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

Cedric Barnes
Research Associates
Cedric Barnes

Valentina Boretti
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
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Caterina Bori
Research Associate
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James R Brennan
Research Associate
James Brennan

History of urbanisation and nationalism in modern East Africa; Indian ocean diasporas

Jocelyn Chatterton
Research Associate
Jocelyn Chatterton

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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James McDougall
Research Associate
James McDougall

Modern and contemporary North Africa; historiography; imperialism and nationalism.


Raquel 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.

Emeritus Staff

Michael Brett
Emeritus Reader
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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
Tom Tomlinson
Emeritus Professor
Tom Tomlinson