SOAS University of London

Centre of Buddhist Studies


Centre's Chair:

Dr Lucia Dolce

Centre Chair

Professor Lucia Dolce
Lucia Dolce
Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4217
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  • Room: 342
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 9-10 (online), Thurs 1-2 (342), or appointment

Committee Members

Dr Christian Luczanits
Committee Member
Christian Luczanits

Premodern Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art and its context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4162
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  • Room: 585
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am and 3:00pm-4:00pm
Professor Ulrich Pagel
Committee Member
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History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit. 

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4782
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  • Room: Room 343
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 12-1 (343),Tues 2-5 (online by appointment)


Professor Peter Flügel
Peter Flügel

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4776
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  • Room: 341
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment only

Dr Nathan W. Hill
Nathan Hill

Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4512
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  • Room: 456
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until 2022

Dr Peter D. Sharrock
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
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  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Professor Ashley Thompson
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4130
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  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am
Professor Louise Tythacott
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4159
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  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: On research leave from September 2022-June 2023

Research Associates

Research Student Members

Mr Kulamitra David Zukas
Research Student Member
Kulamitra Zukas

I’m interested in what material remains reveal of the life of early Buddhists. I'm revealing networks of smaller hermitages and monastic rock-shelters in-between three major early rock-cut Buddhist monasteries.

Post-Doctoral Fellows