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South Asia Department

South Asia Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr Ben Murtagh

Personal Advisors

Year 1-  Please note all Year 1 UG students have been allocated an individual personal advisor

Year 2-  Mr Naresh Sharma

Years 3/4 - Prof Rachel Dwyer

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Prof Justin Watkins

Undergraduate Programme Convenors

Dr James Mallinson (BA South Asian Studies, BA South Asian Studies and...)

Dr James Mallinson (BA Sanskrit and...)

Dr Francesca Orsini (BA Bengali and...)

Dr Francesca Orsini (BA Hindi and...)

Prof Michael Hutt (BA Nepali and...)

Dr Stefanie Lotter (BA Nepali and...)

Dr John Stevens (BA Bengali and...)

Dr Naresh Sharma (BA South Asian Studies - Hindi pathway)

Dr Naresh Sharma (BA South Asian Studies - Urdu pathway)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Francesca Orsini (MA Languages and Cultures of South Asia)

Dr Francesca Orsini (MA South Asian Area Studies)

Dr Amina Yaqin (MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan)

Research Tutor

Dr Rachel Dwyer

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

Academic Staff

James Caron
Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia
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Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • On Sabbatical:On leave, Terms 1 and 2 (2015-16)
Rachel Dwyer
Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema
Rachel Dwyer Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay; Gujarati language and literature; Gujarati diaspora esp UK and East Africa; comparative Indian literature.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: rd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Office Hours: Please e-mail for an appointment

Michael J Hutt
Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies
Michael Hutt Nepali literature; the Nepali media; Nepali politics; Bhutanese refugees.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4286
  • Email: mh8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B400
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment
James Mallinson
Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies
James Mallinson
  • Tel: 020 7898 4368
  • Email: jm63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 458
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave 2015-2020

Francesca Orsini
Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature
Francesca Orsini Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: + 44(0)20 7898 4242
  • Email: fo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 419
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
Amina Yaqin
Senior Lecturer in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies
Staff Silhouette Urdu language and literature; post-colonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian literatures in English; feminism in a Third World context; gender and politics in Pakistan

Senior Lectors

Rakesh Nautiyal
Senior Lector in Hindi
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Krishna Pradhan
Senior Lector in Nepali
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4297
  • Email: kp15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 460
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 - 13:00

Naresh Sharma
Senior Lector in Urdu and Hindi
Naresh Sharma Urdu and Hindi language

Teaching Fellows

Sahana Bajpaie
Teaching Fellow in Bengali
Sahana Bajpaie
Mr Aishwarj Kumar
Teaching Fellow in Hindi
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Hindi language.

Stefanie Lotter
Teaching Fellow
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David Lunn
Simon Digby Postdoctoral Fellow
David Lunn

19th and 20th century Hindi and Urdu literature; cinema; music; journalism; north Indian literary history; intellectual history; literary translation.

William Radice
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette Bengali language and literature; Tagore; Michael Madhusudan Dutt; 19th century Bengal; literary translation; poetry in Bangladesh.
John Stevens
Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow
John Stevens

The interconnected histories of modern West Bengal, Bangladesh and Britain; comparative religion and political theology in India and Britain; postcolonial theory; the historical construction of gender, race, class and nation; social, cultural and transnational history. He is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh for research purposes.

Camillo Formigatti
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Research Associates

Ashok Bery
Research Associate
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Stuart Blackburn
Research Associate
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Alastair Gornall
Research Associate
Alastair Gornall
Louise Harrington
Research Associate
Louise Harrington

Comparative partitions; South Asian literature and film; Irish literature and film; colonial and postcolonial studies; transnational migration and diaspora studies.

Mara Malagodi
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Mara Malagodi

South Asian laws and politics, especially Nepal, India and Pakistan; comparative constitutional law; law and conflict; human rights

Monica Mottin
Research Associate
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Ghulam Murshid
Research Associate
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Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Research Associate
Renate Sohnen Thieme Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan

Hanne-Ruth Thompson
Research Associate
Hanne-Ruth Thompson

Structural and descriptive linguistics, syntax, semantics, Bengali grammar and lexicography, philosophy of language

Emeritus Professors

Christopher Shackle
Emeritus Professor of the Modern Languages of South Asia
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Punjabi and Urdu languages and literatures; regional languages of Pakistan and North-West India; Sufism and Islam in South Asia; Sikhism and its scriptures; comparative literature of the Islamic world.