SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Anthropology Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr Kevin Latham

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Marloes Janson

Research Coordinator

Dr Kevin Latham (term 1)

Dr John Campbell (term 2)

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Dr Kostas Retsikas (T1, T2)
Dr Caroline Osella (T3)

Undergraduate Tutor
Dr Marloes Janson

MA Tutor
Dr Stephen Hughes (T1)
Dr Jakob Klein (T2, T3)

Postgraduate Research (MPhil/PhD) Tutor
Professor Paul Basu (T1)
Professor Richard Fardon (T2, T3)

Research Committee Chair
Dr Kevin Latham (T1)
Dr John Campbell (T2, T3)

Teaching Committee Chair
Dr Marloes Janson

GTA Mentor
Dr Fabio Gygi

Careers Liaison Advisor
Dr Elizabeth Hull

Exams Officers
Dr John Campbell (UG)
Dr Gabriele vom Bruck (PG)

Website Officer
Dr Joe Trapido

Lori Allen
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
Lori Allen

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
  • Email: la22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - 2017/18
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: 508
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment (Term 1 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - Term 2

John R Campbell
Reader in the Anthropology of Africa and Law; Research Coordinator (Term 2)
John Campbell

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4412
  • Email: jc58@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 580
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 09.30-11.15 (Term 2 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - Term 1

Christopher Davis
Senior Teaching Fellow
Christopher Davis

Medical anthropology, interpretive anthropology, ethnographic writing, philosophical anthropology; Central Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4418
  • Email: cd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 572
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays (By Appointment), Thursdays 15:00-16:30
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11:15-15:15 (Term 1 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - Term 2

Richard Fardon
Professor of West African Anthropology
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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4406
  • Email: rf@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 591
  • Office Hours: Mondays 14.00-15.00/Wednesdays 11.30-12.30
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1
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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 16.00-18.00/By Email Appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable

Stephen P Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
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: Fridays 12.00-14.00
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Elizabeth Hull
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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12.30-14.30 (Term 1 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - Term 2

Marloes Janson
Reader in West African Anthropology; Learning & Teaching Coordinator
Marloes Janson

Anthropology of religion, religious reform (Islam and Pentecostalism), transnational religious networks (Tabligh Jama Ľat), 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: 502
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13.00-15.00
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Jakob Klein
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
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
  • Office Hours: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Kevin Latham
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Head of Department, Research Coordinator (Term 1)
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
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4423
  • Email: kl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11.30-13.00
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Naomi Leite
Lecturer in Anthropology
Naomi Leite

Global interconnectivity, kinship, imaginaries of relatedness and responsibility, anthropology of travel and tourism, social identities, cultural constitution of the self, heritage, migration & diaspora, ethnographic theory and epistemology. Portugal; North America; Portuguese/lusophone and Jewish diasporas; world.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4407
  • Email: nl15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 590
  • Office Hours: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - 2017/18

David Mosse
Professor of Social Anthropology
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: Mondays 9.00-11.00 (By Email Appointment)
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18
Caroline Osella
Reader in Anthropology with reference to South Asia
Caroline Osella
Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
  • Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 4427
  • Email: co6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 582
  • Office Hours: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 and 2

Parvathi Raman
Senior Teaching Fellow
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: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Kostas Retsikas
Senior Lecturer in South East Asian Anthropology
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: 595
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3

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.

Edward Simpson
Professor of Social Anthropology
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
  • Office Hours: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable

Joe Trapido
Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology
Joe Trapido

West Africa: DR Congo; music and cultural patronage between Kinshasa and Europe, electoral politics, aesthetic and political-economic anthropology.

  • Email: jt41@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 588
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11.05-13.05 (Term 1)
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Gabriele vom Bruck
Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of the Middle East
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13.00-15.00
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable

Senior Teaching Fellows

Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen
Senior Teaching Fellow
Anne-Mette Fisker-Nielsen

Japanese politics, religion and civil society in Japan, anthropology of politics, and social theory.

  • Email: af3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 502
  • Office Hours: Fridays 13:30-14:30, and by appointment

Mahnaz Marashi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Islam and Islamic education in Malaysia

  • Email: mm97@soas.ac.uk
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Damian Walter
Senior Teaching Fellow
Damian Walter

Nepal; shamanism and ritual practice; anthropological theory, past and present


Teaching Fellows

Nydia Swaby
Senior Teaching Fellow
Nydia A. Swaby

Theories of racial and gendered subject formation; black feminisms; black British and black European studies; Africana studies; theories of migration and diaspora; queer of color critique.


Graduate Teaching Assistants

Zoe Goodman
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Staff Silhouette

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


Emeritus Staff

Lionel Caplan
Emeritus Professor
Lionel Caplan

South Asia - Nepal and urban India. politics of land, religious fundamentalism, post-colonialism. Gurkhas, Anglo-Indians.

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.

Dolores P Martinez
Emeritus Reader
Dolores Martinez
Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions

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.

Johan P J Pottier
Emeritus Professor
Johan Pottier
Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo: rural development, food security, ethnic conflict, post-conflict rehabilitation

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

Khalid Chauhan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Khalid Chauhan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Edward Simpson and his team on the European Research Council (ERC) funded project Roads and the Politics of Thought: Ethnographic Approaches to Infrastructure Development in South Asia. South Asia; narratives of nation-building & state, development - roads and infrastructure, gender & development, sectarian terrorism, fragile states, governance, public sector reforms, and conflict.
Emma Crewe
Professor of Social Anthropology
Staff Silhouette
South Asia and the UK; anthropology of institutions (including the UK parliament and development NGOs), international development, policy, planning and practice, technology, gender, children's rights, violence and inequality.

Giovanni Da Col
Research Associate
Giovanni da Col

Tibet and Southern Italy; History & theory of anthropology; hospitality and strangerhood; economic cosmologies (cosmoeconomics); luck, misfortune, chance and theories of prosperity; comparative ideas of event; gifts, anti-gifts and ideologies of gratuity; kinship and cosmology; witchcraft and mistrust; humour, jokes and deceptive language; sacred mountains; comparative theories of “life” and vitality; imagination; sacrifice and utopia; political economy and value of academic publishing; predatory publishers and academic scams.

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.


Katharina Graf
Senior Teaching Fellow
Katerina Graf -ANT -IMG

Anthropology of food, gender, urban space, material culture, knowledge reproduction, food security, risk and uncertainty, Middle East and North Africa (especially Morocco).

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4414
  • Email: kg38@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 569
  • Office Hours: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Sushrut Jadhav
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

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.



Tom Selwyn
Professorial Research Associate
Tom Selwyn

Tom Selwyn is a Professorial Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the London Middle East Institute. He was awarded an Emeritus Professorial Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Foundation in 2014. He is widely published in the field of the anthropology of tourism/pilgrimage with regional interests in Palestine/Israel and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He directed/co-directed four major research and development projects in Palestine and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the European Commission between 1995-2005; founded the MA in the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage at SOAS in 2010; and was awarded the Lucy Mair medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009. Recent publications include 'The Future of Palestinian Tourism' in Isaac,R., CM Hall, F. Higgins-Desbiolles (eds), 2016, Power and Politics of Tourism in Palestine, London, Routledge; 'Tourism and Sight Prevention' in Andrews, H.(ed) 2016, Tourism and Violence, London, Routledge; 'The Rise and Fall of Orientalism in Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage: Report from Palestine/Israel', Tourism, Culture, and Communication, 17, 2017.