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Japan Research Centre

Academic Staff

Meri Arichi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Meri Arichi

History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: ma70@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
T H Barrett
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
T H Barrett History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period

Alan Cummings
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Alan Cummings
Stephen Dodd
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
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

Lucia Dolce
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Lucia Dolce Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4217
  • Email: ld16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 342
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm
Akiko Furukawa
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 0207 898 4233
  • Email: af15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 383
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-5pm/Wednesdays 11-12am

Andrew Gerstle
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Drew Gerstle Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: 020 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-12am and by appointment
Christopher Gerteis
Chair, Japan Research Centre
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

Fabio Gygi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Fabio Gygi

Japanese society, material culture, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural history

  • Tel: 020 7898 4417
  • Email: fg5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 562
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4pm or by email appointment
Noriko Iwasaki
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Norika Iwasaki

Second language acquisition (grammatical and pragmatic development, impact of study abroad), language pedagogy, psycholinguistics (language production, cognition and language), Japanese linguistics.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4394
  • Email: ni3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 401
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11-12/Thursdays 4-5pm

Yoshiko Jones
Yoshiko Jones

Ms Jones is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Financial and Management Studies and Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea.

She also coordinates The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese and Japanese Language Proficiency Test at SOAS Language Centre.

Misako Kanehisa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4235
  • Email: mk7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-14:00 / Wednesdays 12:00-13:00

Miwako Kashiwagi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Miwako-Kashiwagi-56
  • Tel: 020 7898 4236
  • Email: mk56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 387
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-5pm/Fridays 4-5pm
Griseldis Kirsch
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment

Fujiko Kobayashi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette
Yuka Kobayashi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia


Costas Lapavitsas
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Costas Lapavitsas Theory of banking and finance; history of economic thought; the Japanese financial system. Teaching interests include banking and finance, the Japanese economy, history of economic thought.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4538
  • Email: cl5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 269
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm
Tullio Lobetti
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Tullio Lobetti

Philosophy, particularly Philosophy of Religion; Theology; Japanese Religions.


Angus Lockyer
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
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: By email appointment
Helen Macnaughtan
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Helen Macnaughton

Employment, human resource management, gender and economic development in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm

Dolores P Martinez
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Dolores Martinez Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions
Satoshi Miyamura
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Satoshi Miyamura Regions: South & East Asia. Countries: India, Japan. Subjects: Development economics, Labour economics, Institutional economics, Labour-management bargaining; Research methods in economics.

Barbara Pizziconi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Barbara Pizziconi Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness
  • Tel: 020 7898 4225
  • Email: bp3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 362
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2
Sonja Ruehl
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette Financial Sector Development in Japan and Vietnam. Gender Issues in Financing Development. Microfinance Institutions in Vietnam
  • Tel: 020 7898 4057
  • Email: sr2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 542
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11-1pm

Yoshikatsu Shinozawa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette

Dr Shinozawa's research interests lie in asset management firms and their products. Recently he has developed a special interest in the areas of corporate governance, and the banking industry in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4084
  • Email: ys6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 556
  • Office Hours: Monday 4-6pm
Timon Screech
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
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

Isolde Standish
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Isolde Standish: Centre for Media and Film Studies

East Asian film and visual media

  • Tel: 020 7898 4227
  • Email: is16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm
Kristin Surak
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Kristin Surak

International migration, nationalism, ethnicity, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative sociology


Kaori Taniguchi
Staff Silhouette
Ulrich Volz
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Ulrich Volz

International Finance, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Financial Market Development and Stability, Development and Transition Economics, Global Economic Governance, East Asian Financial Markets

  • Tel: 0207 898 4721
  • Email: uv1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 285
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

Professorial Research Associates

Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate
Gina Barnes
  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: gb11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Neil Jackson
Professorial Research Associate
Neil Jackson

C19 and C20 Architecture


Christopher Goto-Jones
Professorial Research Associate
Chris Goto-Jones

Japanese philosophy and political thought; modern Japanese history; digital humanities and Japan

Sheldon Garon
Professorial Research Associate
Sheldon Garon

Home Fronts: A transnational study of Japan, Germany, Britain and the United States in World Ward II


Peter Kornicki
Professorial Research Associate
Peter Kornicki

Cultural history of Japan before 1900, with special interests on the history of the book in East Asia (Korea and Vietnam as well as Japan), women's education and literacy, and the history of medicine and of cartography.

Ian Nish
Professorial Research Associate
Ian Nish

International history of northeast asian in 19th and 20th centuries


Naoko Shimazu
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Political, social and cultural history of modern Japan, and Japan in the wider world

Evgeny Steiner
Professorial Research Associate
Evgeny Steiner

Muromachi epoch arts (especially Ikkyu and his circle); Ukiyo-e prints; history of Western collections of Japanese arts.


Yuriko Takahashi
Professorial Research Associate
Yuriko Takahashi Classical Chinese philology and phonology (Shuowen Jiezi focusing on the process of annotation by Duan Yucai and computerization of the Xu Yuan’s Text) and modern Chinese literature (Lao She focusing on his Christian background)

Research Associates

Oleg Benesch
Research Associate
Oleg Benesch
Timothy Clarke
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Japanese pictorial arts of the early modern and modern periods


Joe Earle
Research Associate
Joe Earle

Japanese Art

Christine Guth
Research Associate
Christine Guth Art and design history; collecting and collections

Penelope Francks
Research Associate
Penelope Franks Japanese economic history, especially rural economic development and the history of consumption and the consumer
Monika Hinkel
Research Associate
Monika Hinkel

Meiji period prints especially prints by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)


David W Hughes
Research Associate
David Hughes Ethnomusicology; music of East Asia especially Japan; Japanese folk and theatre music; music and linguistics; Indonesian gamelan and Javanese street music
Olga Khomenko
Research Associate
Olga Khomenko

Post war Japanese History of Advertisement & consumerism in Japan

Personal Email: okhomenkojp@gmail.com


Barak Kushner
Research Associate
Barak Kushner

History of Japanese propaganda, Sino-Japan relations, comedy, and food history

Princess Akiko of Mikasa
Research Associate
Akiko Mikasa

Japanese art; western collections of Japanese art in the west


Rajyashree Pandey
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Medieval Japanese literature and Buddhism

Jonathan Service
Research Associate
Jonathan Service

History of music theory; structures of perception and changes in mentalité in Japan


Lone Takeuchi
Research Associate
Lone Takeuchi

History of ideas in Early-Mid Heian Period

Sarah Teasley
Research Associate
Sarah Teasley History of design and built space in modern Japan, with an emphasis on media, technology and institutional formation; design and architectural theory; gender and design; the history of new materials research and application

Ellis Tinios
Research Associate
Ellis-Tinios The illustrated woodblock-printed book in the Edo period; representing China in Edo-period books and prints; the actor prints of Kunisada
Carla Tronu
Research Associate
Carla Tronu

History of Japan (early modern) and Japanese religions; production of sacred space in Japanese cities; history of Christian missions in Asia; history of Nagasaka, Macao and Goa


Stephen Turnbull
Research Associate
Stephen Turnbull

Japanese history and religion

Akiko Yano
Research Associate
Akiko Yano

Japanese art and culture of the 16th to 19th centuries


Visiting Scholars

Oleg Benesch
Research Associate
Oleg Benesch
Masayuki Ito
Visiting Scholar
Masayuki Ito

Contemporary spirituality (e.g. yoga and meditation) in Japan and the UK


Kentaro Kobayashi
Visiting Scholar
Staff Silhouette

Urban and regional economics

Shigeki Kusunoki
Visiting Scholar
Shigeki Kusunoki

Competition law and policy; government contract in pubic works


Noriko Matsumoto
Visiting Scholar
Noriko Matsumoto

Research about Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise

Saori Miyashita
Visiting Scholar
Saori Miyashita

Sociology of work and family; gender relations in Postwar Japan


Tomoko Morita
Visiting Scholar
Tomoko Morita

Japanese diplomatic history in 19th century, especially treaty ports, extraterritoriality, international law, consular courts and immigration

Toshitaka Nagahiro
Visiting Scholar
Toshitaka Nagarhiro

Research on the History of Japan


Eunjee Park
Visiting Scholar
Eunjee Park

The study of environmental accounting & the study of corporate social responsibility

Shinichi Shirato
Visiting Scholar
Shirato Shinichi

Comparative study into effective industrial clusters, which were more vigorous in the postwarⅡ  economic growth period, in active regional economies; Distribution policy, about which the Japanese government referred before, related to city planning and management. In this relation, the role of the Chamber of Commerce in the regional economies.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay
Post Doc Research Associate
Eriko Tomizawa-Kay

Japanese Modern Art History, particularly 20th century paintings