SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Departmental Staff

Head of the School of Arts and Head of the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Professor Shane McCausland

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Charlotte Horlyck

Research Coordinator

Dr Angela Impey

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor & Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Simon O'Meara

Postgraduate Taught Courses Tutor & MA Admissions Tutor

Professor Ashley Thompson

Research Admissions Tutor/Research Tutor

Professor Timon Screech

Dr Crispin Branfoot
Reader in the History of South Asian Art & Archaeology
Crispin Branfoot
Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.
Professor Anna Contadini
Professor of the History of Islamic Art
Anna Contadini
Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B306
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: On Leave, Terms 2-3 TBC

Dr Pamela Corey
Lecturer in South East Asian Art
Pamela Corey

Modern and contemporary art and critical theory; Southeast Asian art history and visual studies (expertise in Vietnam and Cambodia); urban studies; postcolonial studies; theories of subjectivity, space, diaspora, transnationalism, intermedia and aesthetics.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4452
  • Email: pc50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B318
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 10:30-12:00 (T1)
Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment

Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Senior Lecturer in the History of Korean Art
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B403
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 16:30-18:30
Dr Maria Kostoglou
Lecturer in Curating and Museology (Education)
Maria Kostoglou

Curating archaeological collections; university museums and curriculum reform; heritage interpretation; artefact and material culture studies; ancient metalwork; archaeology of the 1st millennium BC eastern Mediterranean

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4406
  • Email: mk124@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B319
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 17:00-18:00 (and by appointment) (T1)

Dr Christian Luczanits
David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
Christian Luczanits

History of art and architecture of the Himalayan region; Buddhist art of the western Himalayas; Gandharan art; presenting and exhibiting Buddhist art; heritage, preservation and conservation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4162
  • Email: cl46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B407
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 12:00-14:00
Professor Shane McCausland
Percival David Professor of the History of Art, Head of Department
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4705
  • Email: HoD_SoA@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: T1: Tues 11-12 (not 08/10, 12/11) & by appointment

Dr Simon O'Meara
Lecturer in the History of Architecture & Archaeology of the Islamic Middle East
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4559
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 17:00-18:30
Dr Stacey Pierson
Reader in the History of Chinese Ceramics
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting; Museum Studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
  • Email: sp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B308
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Thursdays, 15:00-16:30

Professor Scott Redford
Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology
Scott Redford

Art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia, the eastern Mediterranean, and SW Asia from the 11-14th centuries with a special interest in landscape, urbanism, and ceramics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4469
  • Email: sr63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B303
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 15:00-17:00 and by appointment
Professor Timon Screech
Professor of the History of Art
Timon Screech
History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical (2019/20)

Professor Ashley Thompson
Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 10:00-12:00
Professor Louise Tythacott
Pratapaditya Pal Professor in Curating and Museology of Asian Art
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4159
  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B320
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 16:00-17:00

Teaching Fellows/GTAs

Ms Nixi Cura
Senior Teaching Fellow
Nixi Cura

Qing art, especially during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795)

  • Email: nc43@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 2: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00; or by appointment


Mr David Malik
Senior Teaching Fellow
Malik David

African art; African visual cultures; contemporary urban arts in Sierra Leone

  • Email: dm41@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 16:00-17:00 - B402 (Brunei Gallery)

Dr Polly Savage
Senior Teaching Fellow
Polly Savage

History of African Art; Modern and contemporary art and curating in Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, with particular focus on Haiti and Lusophone Africa; art and the Cold War in Africa; art education and cultural policy; post-colonial theory and trans-national exhibition practice.

Dr Peter D. Sharrock
Senior Teaching Fellow
Peter Sharrock
He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm


Emeritus Staff

Dr Geoffrey R D King
Emeritus Reader
Geoffrey King

Islamic art and archaeology in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE and Oman; late antiquity, Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubids and Mamluks


Professor Elizabeth Moore
Emeritus Professor
Elizabeth Moore
Arts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia cultural landscape; pre- and proto-historic Myanmar, Pyu and Mon culture; visual culture, social memory and sacred landscape
Dr Youngsook Pak
Emeritus Reader
Youngsook Pak

Korean art history (from prehistory to the 20th century), Buddhist art, Confucian elite and its culture, Text and Images


Professor John Picton
Emeritus Professor & Professorial Research Associate
John Picton

The art and archaeology of Nigeria, masquerade, textile history, 20th-century transformations in the visual culture of sub-Saharan Africa



Research Associates and Visiting Scholars

Professor Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate & Senior Teaching Fellow
Gina Barnes

State formation; agricultural transition; urbanisation; landscape archaeology; geoarchaeology, tectonic archaeology; East Asian archaeology especially Japanese archaeology and prehistory/protohistory

Dr Marine Cabos
Research Associate
Marine Cabos

History of photography in China; Modern and contemporary arts of China; Founder of photographyofchina.com, platform whose goal is to present photographic material related to China.



Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Research Associate
Mehreen Chida-Razvi

History of Art & Architecture of the Muslim World, focusing on Mughal South Asia; Artistic, historic and cultural links between 17th Century Muslim South Asia and Iran, Anatolia and Europe; urbanism in Mughal South Asia.



Dr Valerie Gonzalez
Research Associate
Valerie Gonzalez

Islamic art history, aesthetics and visual culture. Phenomenology of artworks, cognitive processes, and issues of conceptualisation of visual forms in Islam. Relation between theory and practice in Islamic artistic creation.

Dr Charles Gore
Research Associate, Senior Teaching Fellow
Charlie Gore
Modern and contemporary arts of Africa, including its histories of photography; visual and material cultures of West Africa, and their linkages to diasporic arts past and present; the arts of the Benin kingdom, masquerade, textiles and other art forms in southern Nigeria, as well as a particular focus on contemporary arts in Nigeria.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4443
  • Email: cg2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B402
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-3.30pm





Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Chiara Bellini
Postdoctoral Researcher in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
Chiara Bellini

History of art and Architecture of the Himalayan region.