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SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff

SSAI Staff
Institute DirectorProfessor Michael Hutt
Deputy DirectorDr Navtej Purewal
Newton International FellowDr Mari Miyamoto
SSAI Executive OfficerMs Sana Shah
Rochana Bajpai
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Rochana Bajpai

Contemporary political theory, particularly multiculturalism; methodology, particularly political ideologies; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4750
  • Email: rb6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 208
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
Sahana Bajpaie
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Sahana Bajpaie

Sandhya Balasubrahmanyam
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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Somnath Batabyal
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Somnath Batabyal

South Asia with a focus on India; transnational news spheres with a special focus on India; Development discourses in India and its articulation in mainstream and alternate news forums; environmental politics.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4415
  • Email: sb127@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 570
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-5pm

Crispin Branfoot
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Crispin Branfoot Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.
James Caron
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-17:00 / Fridays By appointment

Deepita Chakravarty
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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Labour market behaviours in developing countries with a focus on South Asia, Gender questions, Development issues related to industry and services, Industrial organization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4517
  • Email: dc17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 478
  • Office Hours: Fridays 12pm - 2pm
Michael W. Charney
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Michael Charney The history of Buddhist societies in South and Southeast Asia and of culture, technology, and warfare in colonial Africa and Asia

Philippe Cullet
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Philippe Cullet Law and environment, law and natural resources, intellectual property, water, human rights, international law, India.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4651
  • Email: pcullet@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 226
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 15:00 to 17:00
Rachel Dwyer
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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 appointment

Heather Elgood
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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
Roy Fischel
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Roy Fischel

History of precolonial South Asia, in particular Muslim polities and societies; the Deccan, 1300-1700; South Asia and the early modern Muslim world.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4643
  • Email: rf26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 312
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Alexander Fischer
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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Constitutional and Comparative Public Law, Constitutional Theory, Federalism, Law and Courts, Law and Politics, Laws of South Asia

 

Office hours online booking system www.mysignup.com/alexfischer  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4302
  • Email: af5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 259
  • Office Hours: Wed11:30-13:30 drop in;12:30-13:30 sign up online
Peter Flügel
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Peter Flügel

Jaina Studies; South Asian History & Culture; Anthropology & Sociology of Religion

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4776
  • Email: pf8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 341
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm

Jonathan Goodhand
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Jonathan Goodhand South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 296
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.30pm
Vanja Hamzić
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 13:00-14:45 and also by email appointment

Jan-Peter Hartung
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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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
Almut Hintze
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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)

Sian Hawthorne
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm (during term time)
Stephen P Hughes
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Stephen Hughes India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Michael J Hutt
Director, SOAS South Asia Institute
Michael Hutt Nepali literature; the Nepali media; Nepali politics; Bhutanese refugees.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4286
  • Email: mh8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 448
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment
Mushtaq Khan
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Mushtaq Khan South and South East Asia: institutional economics and political economy; the economics of rent seeking, corruption and patron-client networks; late industrialisation and the state
  • Tel: 020 7898 4546
  • Email: mk100@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 284
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2pm - 4pm

Martin W Lau
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Martin Lau Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4657
  • Email: ml1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: Tues 10:30-12:30 Term 1; on sabbatical Term 2+3
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2013/2014
Jens Lerche
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Jens Lerche India; labour, social movements and globalisation; labour and the ILO; labour and caste in India; agrarian political economy.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4505
  • Email: jl2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 295
  • Office Hours: tbc
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2 2013/14

Werner Menski
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Werner Menski Classical and modern Hindu law; Muslim Law; Laws of South Asia; Family law; Comparative law; South Asians in the UK; Immigration law; Ethnic minorities
  • Tel: 020 7898 4674
  • Email: wm4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 233
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11.30 - 12.30
Alessandra Mezzadri
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Alessandra Mezzander International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India  
  • Tel: 0207 898 4533
  • Email: am99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4414
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Until mid-November 2013/14

Satoshi Miyamura
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Satoshi Miyamura Regions: South & East Asia. Countries: India, Japan. Subjects: Development economics, Labour economics, Institutional economics, Labour-management bargaining; Research methods in economics.
Mari Miyamoto
Newton International Fellow
Mari Miyamoto

Peter P Mollinga
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Peter Mollinga South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
David Mosse
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
David Mosse India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4426
  • Email: dm21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 573
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Rakesh Nautiyal
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Staff Silhouette Hindi language
  • Tel: 020 7898 4304
  • Email: rn17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 454
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30-13:30/Fridays 11:00-13:00
Nandini Nayak
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Nandini Nayak

India, gender, development, civil society, social movement, social policy, employment, rural economy.


Matthew J Nelson
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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
Eleanor Newbigin
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Eleanor Newbigin

History of modern South Asia, particularly the transition to independence; gender, family and law in colonial and post-colonial India

  • Tel: 020 7898 4625
  • Email: en2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • On Sabbatical:2013-14 Terms 1 & 2

Paolo Novak
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Paolo Novak

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
  • Email: pn4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 368
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm (Terms 1 & 2); Term 3 By Appointment
Francesca Orsini
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Francesca Orsini Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4242
  • Email: fo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 419
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14

Caroline Osella
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Caroline Osella Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4427
  • Email: co6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 582
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm
Tina Otten
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Tina Otten

South Asia, social change, ritual and politics, medical anthropology, oral epics,  gender relations


Ulrich Pagel
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Ulrich Pagel

History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit. 

  • Tel: 020 7898 4782
  • Email: up1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Room 338
  • Office Hours: Term 2 - Mondays 3-5pm
Nigel Poole
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Nigel Poole

Agrifood marketing, market coordination and information issues in agribusiness and poverty reduction, sustainable use of natural resource products, food safety and quality, urban and rural development.


Helen Porter
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Helen Porter
Krishna Pradhan
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Staff Silhouette Nepali Language
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4297
  • Email: kp15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 460
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 - 13:00

Theodore Proferes
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Theodore Proferes
  • Tel: 020 7898 4637
  • Email: tp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 378
  • Office Hours: Term 2 - Thursdays 3-5pm
Navtej K Purewal
Deputy Director, SOAS South Asia Institute
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Parvathi Raman
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Parvathi Raman The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4434
  • Email: pr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 571
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm or by Appointment
Rahul Rao
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Rahul Rao International Security; Indian foreign policy; Political Theory; Social Movements; Human Rights
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm

Peter Robb
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Peter Robb

The history of modern South Asia; early Calcutta, c.1780-1830, Indian agrarian history, especially Bihar and Eastern India.

Lawrence Sáez
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Lawrence Saez

International political economy, comparative political economy, emerging markets; energy security; fiscal federalism; South Asia

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4725
  • Email: ls4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 202
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 1-3pm

Tommaso Sbriccoli
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Tommaso Sbriccoli

India, especially politics and society of Rajasthan; nomadic pastoralism; traditional legal systems and legal pluralism; refugee issues; anthropology and semiotics; theory of culture.

Pasquale Scaramozzino
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Pasquale Scaramozzino Macroeconomics; fiscal policy; applied econometrics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4055
  • Email: ps6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 528
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Bhavani Shankar
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Bhavani Shankar

Analysis of economic drivers of over and under nutrition, nutrition transition, dietary policy evaluation, impact assessment and the role of agriculture in enabling better nutrition and health

Naresh Sharma
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Naresh Sharma Urdu and Hindi language
  • Tel: 020 7898 4296
  • Email: ns19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 454
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 14:00-15:00 / Thursdays 14:00-15:00

Amrita Shodhan
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Amrita Shodhan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4627
  • Email: as115@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm
Edward Simpson
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Edward Simpson Islam in South Asia; politics, ethnography, and society of Gujarat; social theory and the western Indian Ocean; the ethnography of reconstruction after catastrophic natural disasters
  • Tel: 020 7898 4481
  • Email: es7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 589
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm and by email appointment

Gurharpal Singh
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Gurharpal Singh

Professor Gurharpal Singh is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor in Inter-Religious Relation and Development in the Department of Study of Religions.

Subir Sinha
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Subir Sinha South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: 020 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 12-2pm

John Stevens
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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.

Sarah Stewart
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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

Shabnum Tejani
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Shabnum Tejani

Nineteenth and twentieth century social and intellectual history, particularly of the Bombay Presidency; communalism and nationalism in India; debates around secularism and religious intolerance

  • Tel: 020 7898 4613
  • Email: st40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 314
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm, Wednesdays 3.30-5pm
Vincent Tournier
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Vincent Tournier

Buddhism in Ancient and Early Medieval South Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4753
  • Email: vt6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 343
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am-1pm

Simona Vittorini
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Simona Vittorini

Nationalism; South Asian politics; modern Indian politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4757
  • Email: sv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 461
  • Office Hours: Friday 3-4pm
Burzine K Waghmar
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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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

Farzana Whitfield
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Farzana Whitfield
  • Tel: 020 7898 4153
  • Email: fq@soas.ac.uk
  • On Sabbatical:On maternity leave 2013/14
Richard Widdess
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
Richard Widdess History and theory of Indian classical music, dhrupad, Newar music of Nepal, historical ethnomusicology, analysis of musical performance, cognitive approaches to music, music and meaning, music and religion.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4685
  • Email: rw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 507
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3.30-5pm

Amina Yaqin
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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
  • Tel: 020 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Office Hours: Please email for appointment.
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1
Cosimo Zene
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
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

Research Associates

Maha Hosain Aziz
Research Associate
Maha Aziz

Democratization, Development, Militancy

Mara Malagodi
Research Associate
Mara Malagodi

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


Alix Philippon
Research Associate
Alix Phlippon

Sufism and politics in Pakistan

Avril A Powell
Research Associate
Avril Powell Islam in South Asia; Mughal history; Muslim-Christian relations

Kavita Ramdya
Research Associate
Kavita Ramdya

South Asian-American Literature, Literature of the Indian Subcontinent, Post-Colonial Literature, Hinduism, Indian Immigration

Francesca Recchia
Research Associate
Francesca Recchia

Creative practices, Urban Transformation, Militarisation, Conflict Studies, Afghanistan, Kashmir.


Sumit Roy
Research Associate
Sumit Roy

Political economy of the capacity of India to become a major power set in a comparative and global frame. This rests on its (a) structural economic transformation to boost growth and development and (b) strategic alliances with nations/regions within and beyond Asia to enhance influence through studies of (i) India-Africa and (ii) India-EU exchange

Yuthika Sharma
Research Associate
Yuthika Sharma

History of art, South Asian Studies


Visiting Scholars

Bhaskar Gautam
Visiting Scholar, SOAS South Asia Institute
Bhaskar Guatam

The Politics of Transformation: A Life of Capital and Community