SOAS University of London

Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Key Staff

Associate Dean (Undergraduate)

Professor Andrew R George BA, PhD (Birmingham), FBA

Associate Dean (Masters)

Dr Griseldis Kirsch MA, PhD (Trier)

Associate Dean (Research)BA, PhD (London)

Dr Tian Yuan Tan MA (Singapore) PhD (Harvard)

Faculty Administrator

Roger Nuthall BA MA(SHEFFIELD)

Academic Staff

Lutz Marten
Dean of Faculty
Lutz Marten

Bantu languages and linguistics; syntax; semantics; pragmatics; historical linguistics; language and society in Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4653
  • Email:
  • Room: 360
  • Office Hours: Please email for an appointment
Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Associate Dean (Research)
Tian Yuan Tan
Pre-modern Chinese literature, with emphasis on drama, fiction, and poetry in the later dynasties; Chinese literary history and historiography; court theatre and performance; cross-cultural interactions between China and other countries
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4570
  • Email:
  • Room: 396
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm(Term Time), or by email appointment

Griseldis Kirsch
Associate Dean (Masters)
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:
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment
Mustafa Shah
Associate Dean (Undergraduate)
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The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
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  • Room: 434a
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm/Email for an appointment

Narguess Farzad
Senior Tutor
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
  • Email:
  • Room: 440
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 12-2pm or by appointment

Administrative Staff

Academic Support Office

Student Support Office