SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology Department Staff

Head of Department

Professor Edward Simpson

Director of Learning and Teaching, Teaching Committee Chair

Dr Lori Allen

Director of Research, Research Coordinator, Research Committee Chair

Professor David Mosse

Director of Student Support and Experience, Exam Sub-Board Chair, Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Naomi Leite

Director of Doctoral Studies, Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD) Tutor, GTA Mentor

Dr Kostas Retsikas

MA Tutor

Dr Jakob Klein

Dr Lori Allen
Reader in Anthropology, Director of Teaching & Learning
Lori Allen

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
  • Email: la22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 9:00-11:00am (details below)
Dr Richard Axelby
Research Associate
Richard Axelby

Richard Axelby is an anthropologist whose research interests span three interlinked areas: natural resource use; citizenship and identity, and the politics of development.


Professor Paul Basu
Professor of Anthropology
Paul Basu

West Africa; material culture; cultural landscape; cultural memory; heritage; historicity; history of anthropology; colonialism; museum anthropology; exhibition practice; visual anthropology; migration and diaspora; culture and development.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4424
  • Email: paul.basu@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 568
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for appointment

Professor Emma Crewe
Professor of Social Anthropology
Emma Crewe
Anthropology of organisations (especially parliaments and other legislatures); politicians and people in democracies; international development; relationship between research, policy and practice; UK, South Asia and Ethiopia.

Dr Catherine Dolan
Reader in Anthropology
Catherine Dolan

East Africa. Corporations and capitalism, international development, moral economies, corporate social responsibility, enterprise and entrepreneurialism, inclusive markets, consumption and commodities, politics and practices of food governance, gender.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4425
  • Email: cd17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 567
  • Academic Support Hours: Thurs 15.00-17.00 - http://tinyurl.com/yyvhxt5l
Dr Fabio Gygi
Lecturer in Anthropology
Fabio Gygi

Japanese society, material culture, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural history

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4417
  • Email: fg5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 562
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 9-11am email for appointment

Dr Elizabeth Hull
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
Elizabeth Hull

South Africa; economic anthropology; anthropology of the state & institutions, bureaucracy, agriculture; livelihoods; health; nutrition; politics of food systems, food acquisition and consumption practices.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4766
  • Email: eh17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 551
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.00-16.00 (details below)
Professor Marloes Janson
Professor of West African Anthropology ; Associate Director of Research (Research Ethics & Researcher Development)
Marloes Janson

Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jamaʻat), faith-based development, urban anthropology, popular culture, gender, youth, West Africa (the Gambia, Senegal and Nigeria)

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4345
  • Email: mj19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 580
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays (details below)

Dr Jakob Klein
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, MA Tutor
Jakob Klein
China (South); anthropology of food; consumption; regional cuisines; local speciality foods; urban society and the urban/rural divide; food commodity chains; borderlands; food and environment; food safety and risk; meat-eating and vegetarianism; ethnicity and local identities; socialist and postsocialist societies.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4428
  • Email: jk2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 564
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 10-11am & Thurs 5-6pm (details below)
Dr Naomi Leite
Reader in Anthropology, Undergraduate Program Convenor
Naomi Leite

Sociality, belonging, and exclusion across cultural domains and scales; identity and personhood; cultural models and conceptual schemas; transcultural encounter and interaction (esp in tourism); kinship and relatedness; “community” and well being; social inequality; psychological anthropology, institutional ethnography, ethnographic theory & method.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4407
  • Email: nl15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 591
  • Academic Support Hours: Weds, 10-12 (info: https://tinyurl.com/yx8z275x)

Professor David Mosse
Professor of Social Anthropology, Director of Reseach
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 10:00-12:00 (details below)
Dr Kostas Retsikas
Senior Lecturer in South East Asian Anthropology, Director of Doctoral Studies
Kostas Retsikas
The anthropology of personhood, social theory and poststructuralism, religion (especially Islam), the anthropology of the gift and of Islamic economics, Indonesia and South East Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4432
  • Email: kr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 552
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for appointment

Dr Ruba Salih
Reader in Gender Studies
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 15.00-17.00 (details below)
Professor Edward Simpson
Professor of Social Anthropology. Head of Department
Edward Simpson
Ethnography of western India; social theory and the Indian Ocean; disaster and reconstruction anthropology; post-colonial rural change; infrastructure development in South Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4481
  • Email: es7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B400
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 9-10am (email for appointment)


Emeritus Staff

Dr John R Campbell
Emeritus Reader
John Campbell

His research interests include: East and Northeastern Africa; development, urbanisation, civil society, and ethnicity and nationalism.


Professor Richard Fardon
Richard Fardon
Ethnographically, the anthropology of West Africa in general, with a particular focus on the ‘Middle Belt’ of Nigeria and Cameroon. Ethnographic interests, both contemporary and historical, include: politics and religion; ethnicity and identity; material culture. Anthropologically, contemporary theories in social anthropology, and the history of twentieth-century British social anthropology.
Professor Trevor H J Marchand
Emeritus Professor
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.


Professor David Parkin
Emeritus Professor
David Parkin

Lecturer and professor of African anthropology, SOAS 1964-1996; professor of social anthropology, University of Oxford 1996-2008, emeritus thereafter. Fieldwork in eastern Africa 1966-2002 for a number of years in total, among Luo, Giriama and Swahili-speakers, on Islam, entrepreneurship, political ethnicity, language, material culture, and medical anthropology.


Professor Richard Tapper
Emeritus Professor
Richard Tapper

Lecturer, Reader and Professor in SOAS 1967-2004; fieldwork in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey; published on pastoral nomadism, ethnic and tribal minorities and the state, material cultures, culinary cultures, anthropology of Islam, Iranian Cinema.


Research Associates

Dr Mukta Das
Research Associate
Mukta Das

Mukta Das completed a PhD in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS in 2018. Her research focused on South Asian food communities and networks in China's Pearl River Delta, particularly in Macau, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Her research explored notions of food belonging and identity and charted the transformations of these in the decades after the end of British and Portuguese colonialism in the region among South Asian food purveyors and how they had adapted to changing, immigrant-receiving Chinese realities. 

Professor Swargajyoti Gohain
Research Associate
Swargajyoti Gohain

South Asia; borders, roads and mobility, space and place, culture and politics, development, South Asia. Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.


Dr Zoë Goodman
Research Associate
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Urban anthropology; anthropology of insecurity; architecture; Islamic reform; blood donation; memory especially nostalgia; Indian Ocean; South Asian diasporas in East Africa.

Dr Sushrut Jadhav
Research Associate
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Britain, South Asia; cultural dimensions of mental health across nations, suffering, marginalised populations in psychiatric care in London and Chennai, cultural identity of Dalit groups (formerly 'untouchable' caste) in India. Senior Clinical Lecturer, Research Department of Health Sciences, UCL.


Dr Kevin Latham
Research Associate
Kevin Latham
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance



Professor Tom Selwyn
Professorial Research Associate
Tom Selwyn

Anthropology of tourism, pilgrimage, cultural heritage; the Mediterranean, in particular Palestine/Israel. 


Dr Peter Sutoris
Research Associate
Peter Sutoris
Anthropocene, evironmental activism, international development, ethnographic film; history of South Asia and South Africa.




Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

Dr Jas Kaur
Research Fellow
Jas Kaur

Conflict and conviviality, belonging and exclusion, indigenous and immigrant narratives of statehood in post-colonial, multi-ethnic spaces. Anthropology of coups. Ethnography of Parliament. Fiji (also Myanmar and Ethiopia).


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