College of Humanities & Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Alan Cummings

Key information

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Head of Department, Senior lecturer in Japanese Studies (Education) Japan Research Centre Academic staff, member
Russell Square, College Buildings
Email address
Telephone number
+44(0) 20 7898 4200
Support hours
Monday 5:00pm–6:00pm
Friday 5:00pm–6:00pm


After a BA in Japanese and Law at SOAS, and an MA in Japanese Literature at Waseda University, Tokyo, I returned to SOAS to complete my PhD on the 19th century kabuki dramatist Kawatake Mokuami.

I have been teaching at SOAS since 2000 in a broad range of areas ranging from East Asian cultural history, pre-modern Japanese language and literature, Japanese classical theatre, and translation.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Luca Proietti A noisy engagement: An analysis on the conscious awareness in Japanese noise music


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