SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia


Head of Department

Dr Ben Murtagh 

Personal Advisors

Year 1 - Prof Justin Watkins

Year 2 - Dr Sallehuddin bin Abdullah Sani

Years 3/4 - Dr Mulaika Hijjas

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Prof Justin Watkins

Undergraduate Programme Convenors

Prof Justin Watkins (BA South East Asian Studies, BA Burmese plus another subject, BA Thai plus another subject)

Dr Ben Murtagh (BA Indonesian plus another subject)

Dr Dana Healy (BA Vietnamese plus another subject)

Postgraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Mulaika Hijjas (MA Pacific Asian Studies, MA South East Asia Studies)

Research Tutor

Prof Rachel Dwyer

Please note that for Masters Students the Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor is the Postgraduate Programme Convenor.

Rachel V Harrison
Reader in Thai Cultural Studies
Rachel Harrison
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email:
  • Room: 455
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16
Dana Healy
Senior Lecturer in Vietnamese
Dana Healy
Modern Vietnamese cultural studies (literature, film, gender); Vietnamese social and cultural history (the Vietnam War; art and politics); the sociology of contemporary Vietnamese literature; the Vietnamese diaspora
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4252
  • Email:
  • Room: 465
  • On Sabbatical:On leave, Term 1 (2015-16)

Mulaika Hijjas
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Lecturer in South East Asian Studies
Mulaika Hijjas

The Malay manuscript tradition; Islam in South East Asia; gender in the Malay world; modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4253
  • Email:
  • Room: 454
  • Office Hours: Monday 1-3pm
Ben Murtagh
Senior Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay
Head of Department
Ben Murtagh
Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer​ ​studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation​ ​
of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film​ ​and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
  • Email:
  • Room: 466
  • Office Hours: Monday 12-1pm/Friday 10-11am (term 1)

Justin Watkins
Professor of Burmese
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email:
  • Room: 462
  • Office Hours: email for an appointment

Senior Lectors

Research Associates

Vladimir I Braginsky
Professorial Research Associate
Vladimir Braginski
Malay and Indonesian classical and modern literature and culture; Islam in the Malay-Indonesian world; Islamic literature of South East Asia; comparative study of South East Asian literatures; Malay philology and traditional literature sufism in Malay literature

Cristina Martinez-Juan
Research Associate
Cristina Juan

Philippine Post-colonial and Comparative Literature Studies; British Occupation of Manila; Philippine languages and linguistics; Ethnography of Communication; Writing systems; Southeast Asian Studies; Gender and Migration

E Ulrich Kratz
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Traditional Malay philology; the contemporary literatures, cultures and societies of the Malay-speaking world; Malay society; Malay culture; Malay history; Malay politics; Malay religion