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London Middle East Institute

LMEI Staff

Hassan Hakimian
Director
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.

Louise Hosking
Executive Officer
Louise Hosking

Vincenzo Paci
Events and Magazine Co-ordinator
Vincenzo Paci
Megan Wang
Co-ordinating Editor, The Middle East in London Magazine
Megan Wang

Valentina Zanardi
Administrative Assistant
Valentina Zanardi
Shahla Geramipour
Designer, Middle East in London Magazine
Staff Silhouette

Graphic designer for the LMEI's bi-monthly magazine The Middle East in London.


Academic Members

Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, OBE
Member
Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem Qur’an, Hadith, Tafsir; Islam in society; classical and modern Arabic literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4325
  • Email: ha4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 427
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-13:00/Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
Ibrahim Abosag
Member
Staff Silhouette

Cross-cultural marketing, international consumer behaviour.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4223
  • Email: ia9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 584
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Member
Reem Abou el Fadl

Nationalism in the Middle East; Foreign Policy Making in the Middle East; Egyptian Politics and History; Turkish Politics and History; Arab-Israeli Conflict

Gilbert Achcar
Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • Office Hours: Monday 1-3pm in Term 1; Monday 2-4pm in Term 2

Fiona Adamson
Member
Fiona Adamson

International Relations Theory; International Security; Migration and Diaspora Mobilization; Globalisation and Global Governance; Transnational Identity Movements

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4683
  • Email: fa33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 212
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30-3pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2014/15
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Member
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam International politics of West Asia; Iranian foreign and domestic politics; Critical theories of international relations; US foreign policy in the ‘third world’; Islamic political and intellectual history.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
  • Email: aa106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 216
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3, 2014/15

Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Member
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb

Nadje Al-Ali
Member
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

Abdul Hakim Ibrahim Al-Matroudi
Member
Staff Silhouette

Islamic  Law


Tony Allan
Member
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.


Lori Allen
Member
Lori Allen

Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; revolution;  anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
  • Email: la22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm
Ahmad Alkhashem
Member
Ahmad Alkhashem
  • Tel: 020 7898 4208
  • Email: aa40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434
  • Office Hours: Mondays 14:00-15:00 / Tuesdays 14:00-15:00

Keya Anjaria
Member
Keya Anjaria

The Novel; 20th Century Turkish Literature; Turkish Cinema; World Literature; Comparative Literature;  20th Century Literary Criticism; Modernity and Modernization in late 19th and 20th Century Turkey.

Peter Austin
Member
Peter Austin

Typology, morpho-syntax, language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Lexical-Functional grammar, computer-aided linguistic analysis, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages

  • Tel: 020 7898 4586
  • Email: pa2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 364
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm

Mashood Baderin
Member
Professor Mashood Baderin

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States. Appointed as Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session on 23rd March 2012.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4715
  • Email: mb78@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 220
  • Office Hours: Monday and Tueday 17:00-18:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 and 2 (2015/16)
Hannah Bargawi
Member
Hannah Bargawi Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Links between Macroeconomic Policies and Poverty and Inequality; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Feminist Economics, Gender and Intra-household research; Africa; Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: hb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 476
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2014/15: Terms 2 & 3

Teresa Bernheimer
Member
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
Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Member
Doris Abouseif

Architecture of Cairo, the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East


Helen Blatherwick
Member
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

Senija Causevic
Member
Senija Causevic

Critical management; critical marketing; (contested) heritage marketing, management and interpretation; experiential marketing; destination branding/marketing/representation; post-conflict cultural settings; Ottoman Empire; Balkans; India

  • Tel: 0207 898 4514
  • Email: sc83@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 549
  • Office Hours: Monday 2 - 4

Elisa Cavatorta
Member
Staff Silhouette
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Member
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

Maha Collinson
Member
Maha Collinson
  • Tel: 020 7898 4409
  • Email: mc86@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 446
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:30-14:30 / Thursdays 13:30- 14:30
  • On Sabbatical:On leave September 2014- August 2015
Anna Contadini
Member
Anna Contadini Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B306
  • Office Hours: All Year (during term time) - Thursdays 2-3pm

Bhavna Davé
Member
Bhavna Dave

Kazakhstan: politics of language, ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet countries

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
François de Blois
Member
François de Blois

François de Blois has published extensively on Iranian and Semitic languages and literatures, as well as on the social and religious history of the Near East and Central Asia in pre-modern times. His books include "Persian literature, a bio-bibliographical survey. Volume V: Poetry of the pre-Mongol period", second, revised edition, 2004.


Yorgos Dedes
Member
Yorges Dedes Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: 020 7898 4344
  • Email: gd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 424
  • Office Hours: Fridays 15:00-17:00
Nick Denes
Member
Nick Denes

Teaching Fellow, Centre for Media and Film Studies, SOAS; Co-Director of the Palestine Film Foundation (palestinefilm.org)


Sorour Dundon
Member
Staff Silhouette
Tamar Drukker
Member
Tamar Drukker Modern Hebrew; medieval literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4347
  • Email: td4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 446
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm or email for an appointment

Ian D Edge
Member
Ian Edge Islamic law; the general law of Egypt and the Gulf; commercial law in the Middle East; conflict of laws and international transactions.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4665
  • Email: ie1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 241
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm
Ayman El-Desouky
Member
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:30- 4, Tues 1- 2:30 and by appointment

Heather Elgood, MBE
Member
Hettie Elgood Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment
Nada Elzeer
Member
Staff Silhouette Arabic language and translation
  • Tel: 020 7898 4340
  • Email: ne5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 432
  • On Sabbatical:On leave September 2014- August 2015

Jonathan Ercanbrack
Member
Jonathan Ercanbrack

financial laws of Arab state jurisdictions; Islamic financial law; legal change and globalisation.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4095
  • Email: je6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 256
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
Michael Farquhar
Member
Michael Farquhar
  • Tel: Ext. 4498
  • Email: m.farquhar@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4414
  • Office Hours: Fridays 9 - 10:30 am or by appointment

Narguess Farzad
Member
Narguess Farzad Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: 020 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1.30-2.30pm/Thursdays 1-2pm
Bassam Fattouh
Member
Bassam Fattouh

Management in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), managerial systems and management of renewable and non-renewable resources in the Middle East (MSc), and Islamic banking and finance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4053
  • Email: bf11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 526
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Benjamin Fortna
Member
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
Nicholas H D Foster
Member
Nick Foster Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4666
  • Email: nf4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Office Hours: Mon 17:30-18:30 + Wed 16:30-17:30

Nelida Fuccaro
Member
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
Massimiliano Fusari
Member
Massimiliano Fusari

Andrew R George
Member
Andrew George Cuneiform and Ancient Mesopotamian studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4335
  • Email: ag5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 414
  • Office Hours: E-mail for appointment
Adel Hamaizia
Member
Adel Hamaizia

Adel Hamaizia is a DPhil Candidate at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Financial and Management Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research focuses on the Political Economy of the Maghreb. His special interests are MENA-oriented and include regional integration; energy policy; economic diversification; private sector development; rentier states; state-business relations; and the development of institutions.


Mona Hammad
Member
Staff Silhouette
Marlé Hammond
Member
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  


Vanja Hamzić
Member
Vanja Hamzić

Islamic Law; Laws of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and the Arab World; Legal Anthropology; Legal Historiography (esp. Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal Law); Human Rights Law; Gender, Sexuality and Law; Legal Theory; Law of Tort; Family Law; Law and Aesthetics/Art; Global Law/Governance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 539
  • Office Hours: Friday 12:00-13:40 and also by email appointment
Adam Hanieh
Member
Adam Hanieh

Political economy of labour migration, class and capitalism in the Middle East. With a focus on the the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Palestine, and the dynamics of regional accumulation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
  • Email: ah92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4419
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Jane Harrigan
Member
Jane Harrigan International finance for development and the economic reform programmes associated with IMF and World Bank finance to developing countries; the links between macro-economic policy and agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa; the gender dimensions of economic liberalisation and globalisation; and the political economy of economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. Cross-cutting these subject areas are two geographical areas of specialisation, namely sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana and Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4537
  • Email: jh66@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 281
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 1pm - 2pm
Jan-Peter Hartung
Member
Staff Silhouette

Intellectual History of Islam with special reference to South Asia and the wider Persianate World, Political Islam, later Islamic Philosophy and Theology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4383
  • Email: Jh74@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 333
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm

G R Hawting
Member
Gez Hawting Pre-modern Islamic and Middle Eastern history; the origins and early development of Islam in the Middle East
B George Hewitt
Member
George Hewitt Caucasian languages (especially South and North-West Caucasian) and linguistics; language work

Catherine Hezser
Member
Catherine Hezser

Judaism in Hellenistic and Roman times; rabbinic literature; social history of Jews in late antiquity; American Jewish history and literature, Jewish identity, gender studies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4633
  • Email: ch12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 335
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 11am-12pm
Doreen Hinchcliffe
Member
Doreen Hinchcliffe Islamic Law; Islamic Law of Succession
  • Tel: 020 7898 4402
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

Almut Hintze
Member
Almut Hintze

Dr Hintze takes an interest in all aspects of Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4598
  • Email: ah69@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 334
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm (and by Appointment)
Konrad Hirschler
Member
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

Stephen Hopgood
Stephen Hopgood International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 209
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-1pm
Erica Hunter
Member
Erica Hunter

Eastern Christianity; Syriac Christianity in the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq; Syriac Christianity in medieval Central Asia and China

  • Tel: 020 7898 4663
  • Email: eh9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 339
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment

Bruce Ingham
Member
Bruce Ingham

General descriptive linguistics, Arabic, Persian, North American Indian languages, dialects and oral literature of the Arabian Peninsula - in particular the dialects of the Arabian bedouin, covering the dialects of the Al Dhafir, Mutair, Al Murrah and Rwalah tribes; Lakota (Siouan), Cree (Algonquian)

Salwa Ismail
Member
Salwa Ismail

Urban politics and state-society relations in the Middle East; the study of Islamism; Islamist movements; modern Arab and Islamic political thought; political ethnography.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4740
  • Email: si1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 204
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Nisrine Jaafar
Member
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4409
  • Email: nj13@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 446
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11.30am-1.30pm
Massoud Karshenas
Member
Staff Silhouette Middle East economics, Oil and economic development, Global poverty and growth, labour markets and structural adjustment.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4535
  • Email: mk@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 268
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 12pm - 2pm

Hugh N Kennedy
Member
Hugh N Kennedy

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

Laleh Khalili
Member
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, refugees and humanitarian regimes, the politics of logistics and transport, Middle East, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2014/15

Alexander Knapp
Member
Alex Knapp

Jewish music.

Karima Laachir
Member
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1.30pm-2.30pm

Mark Laffey
Member
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 211
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Wednesdays 5-7pm and Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm
George Lane
Member
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

Martin W Lau
Member
Martin Lau Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4657
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:30 - 15:30
Christopher Lucas
Member
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, the syntax–semantics interface, pragmatics, philosophy of language, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • On Sabbatical:2014-15 academic session

Makeen F Makeen
Member
Makeen Makeen Intellectual property (particularly comparative copyright law); information technology law;  contract law; commercial law in the Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4502
  • Email: mm76@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299a
  • Office Hours: Friday 15:00-17:00
Derek Mancini-Lander
Member
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: Mondays 3-5pm

Trevor H J Marchand
Academic Member
Trevor Marchand Arabia (Yemen), West Africa (Northern Nigeria and Mali) and England: craft, carpentry and traditional building practices; apprenticeship, learning and cognition; space, place and architecture; theory in anthropology.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4424
  • Email: tm6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 551
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
Thomas Marois
Member
Thomas Marois

Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4503
  • Email: tm47@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 293
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm

Dina Matar
Member
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Nima Mina
Member
Member
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00
Shabnam Mirafzali
Member
NME-Shabnam Mirafzali-240

Krikor Moskofian
Member
Staff Silhouette

West Armenian language and literature

Corinna Mullin
Member
Corinna Mullin

International Relations Theory, Political Islam, Politics of the Middle East


Mark Neal
Member
Mark Neal

Management and leadership in the Middle East and South East Asia. Corruption. Tourism. Business education and poverty reduction. Sustainable development in MENA and SE Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4778 / 07517670054
  • Email: mn12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 566
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-5
Matthew J Nelson
Member
Matthew Nelson Politics of South Asia, Politics of Islam, Islam and democracy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4742
  • Email: mn6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 218
  • Office Hours: Thurs. 3.30-5.30

Scott Newton
Member
Scott Newton Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights
  • Tel: 020 7898 4658
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 299
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 14:30-16:30
Simon O'Meara
Member
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1-2pm

Caroline Osella
Member
Caroline Osella Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
Wen-chin Ouyang
Member
Wen-chin Ouyang Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm/Wednesdays 12noon-1pm

Dan Plesch
Member
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Scott Redford
Member
Scott Redford

Art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia, the eastern Mediterranean, and SW Asia from the 11-14th centuries with a special interest in landscape, urbanism, and ceramics


Marina Pyrovolaki
Member
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)
Sahar Rad
Member
Sahar Rad

Aid & International Development Assistance, Political Economy of Development, Conflict & Development, International Financial Institutions, Governance and Institution Building, Economics of the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: st54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 476
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 & 13:00-14:00

Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Member
Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East, in particular gender issues in Iran. Women’s employment, feminism, war, conflict, diaspora, Iran in the Middle East.

Mohamed I Said
Member
Mohamed I Said Arabic language teaching
  • Tel: 020 7898 4353
  • Email: ms15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 425
  • Office Hours: Monday 12-2pm/Tuesday 2-3pm/Thursday 1.30-2.30pm

Muaadh Salih
Member
Staff Silhouette

Computer-assisted language learning; orality and oral literature of the Gulf; Arabic language pedagogy

  • Tel: 020 7898 4354
  • Email: ms1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm
Ruba Salih
Member
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4245
  • Email: ruba.salih@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 471
  • On Sabbatical:On leave until January 2016

Iain Scobbie
Member
Iain Scobbie

Public international law, especially its relation to the Israel/Palestine situation; theory of international law; international humanitarian law; the law and practice of the International Court of Justice

Mustafa Shah
Member
Staff Silhouette The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
  • Email: ms99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434a
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11.30am-1.30pm/Email for an appointment

Ayman Shihadeh
Member
Ayman Shihadeh

Medieval Arabic Intellectual History; medieval Arabic philosophy; medieval Islamic theology, especially kalam; ethical theory; the Islamic manuscript tradition.

Colin Shindler
Member
Colin Shindler History and politics of Israel; Zionism

Amrita Shodhan
Member
Amrita Shodhan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4627
  • Email: as115@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm
Nicholas Sims-Williams
Member
Nicholas Sims-Williams Iranian and Central Asian philology; Christian and Manichaean texts from Central Asia.

Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Member
Renate Sohnen Thieme Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan

Stefan Sperl
Member
Staff Silhouette Classical Arabic literature; medieval Arabic popular literature; court poetry and oral literature; refugee studies and refugee-related issues
Annabelle Sreberny
Member
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment

Sarah Stewart
Member
Sarah Stewart

Lecturer in Zoroastrianism, with particular reference to the living tradition in Iran and India. Convenor: Islam in Britain.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4270
  • Email: ss7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 331
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 12-1pm
Stefano Taglia
Member
Stefano Taglia

Nationalism, Ottomanism, Science-Islam synthesis, Freemasonry


Charles R H Tripp
Member
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12

Leslie Vinjamuri
Member
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
  • Email: lv@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 213
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1pm
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
Hedi Viterbo
Member
Hedi Viterbo

Law and politics; state violence (particularly in Israel/Palestine and the United States); childhood; sexuality


Gabriele vom Bruck
Member
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

Burzine K Waghmar
Member, London Middle East Institute
Staff Silhouette

Indo-Iranian History, Historical Geography and Philology (Avestan, Old Persian, Parthian, Pahlavi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Pashto, Balochi and Kashmiri); Languages and Religions of Late Antiquity and the Silk Road (Bactrian, Khotanese, Sogdian, contacts among Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and early Islam); Pakistan studies (Ancient and early Medieval History, Dardic and Nuristani dialectology, ethnography and topography of NWFP, FATA, Northern Areas and Trans-Karakoram Tract); Pakistani minorities; HUMINT counterterrorism and linguistic analysis; South Asian Muslim psycho-sociology; Muslim non-Muslim relations (Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

  • Email: bw3@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Yair Wallach
Member
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: 020 7898 4337
  • Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk
  • On Sabbatical:On leave term 1 & term 2, 2014-15
Ilana Webster-Kogen
Member
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; Music in Israel/Palestine; Biblical cantillation; migration and nationalism; music and gender.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Mark Weeden
Member
Mark Weeden

Hittite, Akkadion language and literature in Syria

  • Tel: 020 7898 4328
  • Email: mw41@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 421
  • Office Hours: Mondays & Thursdays 11am-12noon
Lynn Welchman
Member
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15

Owen Wright
Member
Owen Wright Music of the Islamic Middle East; historical musicology
Katherine P Zebiri
Member
Katherine P Zebiri Arabic language and literature, modern Islamic studies

Cosimo Zene
Member
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4783
  • Email: zc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 340
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Member
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Rafeef Ziadah
Member
Rafeef Ziadah

Dr. Rafeef Ziadah joins SOAS as a postdoctoral research fellow with the 'Military Mobilities and Mobilising Movements in the Middle East' project with Professor Laleh Khalili


Visiting Scholars

Alanoud Alsharekh
Alanoud Alsharekh

Alanoud Alsharekh is a political activist and researcher who focuses on sociopolitical, gender and security issues in the region. She was Senior Fellow on Regional Politics at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and Senior Political Analyst at the Kuwait National Security Bureau, and was a gender politics consultant for UNIFEM, Freedom House, and the UNDP on academic and social outreach projects in Kuwait and the GCC. She has published several books and articles on gender and kinship policies in the GCC and won the 2013-2014 Arab Prize for best publication in a foreign journal, and her work as a women's rights activist won the Voices of Success Kuwait Award in 2012.

Amel Chetibi
Amel Chetibi

Before joining SOAS as a visiting researcher for her PhD thesis, Amel was Assistant Professor at University Constantine 2 in Algeria. Her research focused on international economics. She is also keen about the different economies of the MENA region and mainly North Africa.

After she has done a comparison of the Global financial crisis of 2008 and the great depression of 1929 on her Magister dissertation at University Constantine 2, she has been working on the political economy of privatisation in Algeria as part of her MSc at SOAS. Amel's current research focuses on Problems of industrialisation and specialisation in the oil rentier state of Algeria.


Pamela Karimi
Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow
Pamela Karimi

Pamela Karimi is Assistant Professor of Art History at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is the author of Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013). Evaluating a wide range of objects and archival documents, this book highlights the significance of private life in the social, economic, and political contexts of modern Iran. The methodological inquiries that informed the arguments of this monograph are now evolving into a critical analysis of architecture within the larger context of (material) culture in Tehran. Taking up diverse topics—from the complex interactions between designers and patrons to the objects of material culture that mediate between design and the consumer— she calls attention to the agency of ordinary citizens as they transform their built environments via commonplace mediators, simultaneously exploring potential acts of that agency as performed by architectural elements themselves. The aim for her IHF research term is to extend her intellectual interests along these lines.

Hungtae Yoo
Visiting Scholar
Hungtae Yoo

Hungtae Yoo had done a study on relation between Zoroastrianism and Iranian Islamic Revolution: focusing on Zoroastrian dualistic conflict on his Master dissertation at HUFS (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) in South Korea and a comparative study on the role of government and civil society in socio-economic development of South Korea and Iran (1961-1979) on his Doctoral dissertation at University of Isfahan in Iran.

Before joining SOAS as a Visiting Scholar, Hungtae Yoo was a member of the planning committee and facilitator of the Korea Silkroad Project which had been set up by the Provincial Government of Gyeongsangbuk-Do. This project has motivated him to carry on his research on the historical relations between Iran and South Korea dating back to the Silkroad at SOAS. He is interested in Ancient Persian religions, Political Shiite Islam, Current Iranian Politics and Persian history.


Zhiqiang Zou
Visiting Scholar
Zhiqiang Zou

Zhiqiang Zou is currently an assistant professor of the Middle East Studies Institute, Shanghai International Studies University, China. He was awarded his PhD in 2013 and his research interest covers global economic governance and the Middle East economy.


Research Associates

George Joffé
Research Associate
George Joffé

George Joffé has focused on Mediterranean affairs for many years, alongside his professional interests in the Middle East and North Africa. He currently teaches a postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge, as an affiliate lecturer, on the international relations and geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa which contains a significant component on Mediterranean issues and Euro-Mediterranean policy.  Dr Joffé has been engaged in research and teaching on these regions since 1978 and has published widely on them in academic journals and books as well as editing six books on these and similar subjects.  He is also the academic director of the Centre for the Study of International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA) in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge.

Hamid Keshmirshekan
Research Associate
Hamid Keshmirshekan

Twentieth and twentieth-first century art from the Middle East, with particular attention to the recent developments in art practice and its relation to the context; new paradigms in contemporary Islamic art and its thought working through the issue of contemporaneity and specificity; socio-political and contextual, and consideration of the visual deployment of language in art and the legacy of identity politics.


Kathryn Spellman
Research Associate
Kathryn Spellman-Poots
Sami Zubaida
Research Associate
Sami Zubaida

Mediterranean, Ottoman, culinary cultures, boundaries, nationalism, religion

Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology (Birkbeck College)