SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies


Centre Chair
Dr Wayne Dooling

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Dr Wayne Dooling
Chair, Centre of African Studies
Wayne Dooling
Early colonial South African history; slavery and emancipation in the Cape Colony
  • Tel: 020 7898 4628
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  • Room: 308
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11:00 -- 12:50

Management Committee

Professor Mashood Baderin
Management Committee Member
Professor Mashood Baderin

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States. Appointed as Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session on 23rd March 2012.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4715
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  • Room: S135
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 - 13:00

Professor Fareda Banda
Management Committee Member
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Human Rights of Women, English Family Law, Comparative Family Law focusing on Africa, Law and Society in Africa, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4664
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  • Room: S223
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11 - 13:00
  • On Sabbatical:T2 (2019/20)
Professor Stephen Chan, OBE
Management Committee Member
Stephen Chan

Politics of southern Africa, normative values and non-Western methodologies

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4655
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  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Professor Christopher Cramer
Management Committee Member
Chris Cramer
Africa: economics of Africa, political economy of development, political economy of war and peace in southern Africa, and the economics of cashew production, processing and trade
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4492
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  • Room: 288
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2021/22)
Professor Lindiwe Dovey
Management Committee Member
Dovey, Lindiwe - SOA IMG

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4388
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  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Professor Lucy Durán
Management Committee Member
Lucy Durán
Music in the Mande world; Music of Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau; gender and music in West Africa; popular musics of Atlantic Africa; childhood music learning in West Africa; Cuban music, especially son and rumba; radio as a medium; and the world music industry.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4374
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  • Room: 596
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm
Dr Kai Easton
Management Committee Member
Kai Easton

Cultures of travel (especially the Cape and the Indian Ocean; Australia; Sri Lanka); archives;  visual and material cultures; landscape; maritime history; South African fiction and non-fiction in English (Coetzee; Wicomb); intertextuality; auto/ biography

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4373
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  • Room: 394
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Professor Chege Githiora
Management Committee Member
Chege Githiora
Swahili and Gĩkũyũ Language and Linguistics. Translation and Literacy in African Languages. Culture and Society of East Africa, Latin America and the African Diaspora.
Dr Michael Jennings
Management Committee Member
Michael Jennings

Politics, governance, and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa; non-governmental organisations; faith and development; history of development processes and interventions; issues in international health and non-state actors in health delivery.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4268
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  • Room: 261
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only
  • On Sabbatical:Full Year (2019/20)

Professor Marloes Janson
Management Committee Member
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
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  • Room: 580
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm, see bio for details

Professor Lutz Marten
Management Committee Member
Lutz Marten

Bantu languages and linguistics; syntax; semantics; pragmatics; historical linguistics; language and society in Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4653
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  • Room: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: Please book an appointment (campus, online)
Anna De Mutiis
Management Committee Member
Staff Silhouette

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative Webinar Series Coordinator (Centre of African Studies and SOAS Radio)

Professor Emilia Onyema
Management Committee Member
Emilia Onyema

International arbitration (commercial and investment); OHADA law; Commercial contracts; International sale of goods; International carriage of goods; Nigerian customary laws.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4717
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  • Room: S341
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 12:00 - 14:00
Dr Martin Orwin
Martin Orwin
Somali language and literature; metrics and use of language in poetry; translation of poetry; the relationship between language and music.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4376
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  • Room: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: See office hours on door, or email

Dr Marie Rodet
Management Committee Member
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4606
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  • Room: 309
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave Term 1 - 2019-20


Professor Paul Basu
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.

Professor Catherine Dolan
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
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  • Room: 567
  • Academic Support Hours: Campus: Wed 12-1pm |Online: Thu 3-5pm (link below)

Dr Elizabeth Hull
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
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  • Room: 551
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
Dr Awino Okech
Awino Okech

Africa - Critical gender theory on sexuality, queer politics, security and violent extremism, gender in nation and state making, social movements.
Qualitative research methods and feminist research methodology 

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  • Room: 4403
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Professor Laura Hammond
Laura Hammond

Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4654
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  • Room: 371
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only. Please email.
Dr Jonathan Di John
Jonathan Di John
Development economics, economic growth, institutional economics, taxation in less developed countries, the political economy of oil states, political economy of industrial policy in Latin America, especially of Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil. 

Dr Colette Harris
Colette Harris

Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.

Dr Tania Kaiser
Tania Kaiser

East Africa, particularly Uganda and Sudan, West Africa; conflict and development; forced migration; refugees; humanitarian interventions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4484
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  • Room: 290
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment,

Professor Zoë Marriage
Zoë Marriage
The political economy of security, DR Congo, demobilisation, emergency assistance to countries at war
  • Tel: 020 7898 4437
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  • Room: 259
  • Academic Support Hours: By appt:
Professor Carlos Oya
Carlos Oya
West Africa, Southern Africa, agrarian political economy; poverty; rural labour; development aid; research methods
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4566
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  • Room: 292a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2.30pm to 4.30pm via link  

Dr Matteo Rizzo
Matteo Rizzo

Political economy of development, labour markets and informalisation, agrarian change, urbanisation, privatisation, aid effectiveness, Africa, Tanzania.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4836
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  • Room: 256
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment:
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 3 (2021/22)
Dr Antonio Andreoni
Antonio Andreoni

Production Structures and Capabilities; Learning, Organisations and Innovation; Automation and Robots; Industrial Ecosystems; Linkages, Diversification and Industrial Renewal; Financialisation of manufacturing; Political economy of industrial development; Role of the State; Political settlements and corruption; Structural Economic Dynamics; Global Policy; Industrial Policy.

Dr Hannah Bargawi
Hannah Bargawi
Feminist Economics; Gender and Employment; Care and Social Reproduction; Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Macroeconomic Policies and Employment; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Research Methods; Qualitative Methods; Middle East; Palestine; Jordan; Egypt; East Africa; Tanzania; Uganda.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
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  • Room: 278
  • Academic Support Hours: See below
Professor Ben Fine
Ben Fine

I have been Professor of Economics at SOAS since 1992, having travelled the short distance from Birkbeck College where I was Professor of Economics, having been a founding member of the Department in 1972.

Dr Catherine Jenkins
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Human rights; transitional justice; law and conflict; international criminal law; post-conflict reform and reconstruction; legal developments in post-apartheid South Africa; law and society in Africa.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4676
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  • Room: S340
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:00, Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00

Professor Lutz Oette
Lutz Oette

Public international law; human rights, particularly prohibition of torture; victims' rights and reparation; human rights, law reform and justice in Sudan; international refugee law

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4727
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  • Room: S226
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday, 1.30-3.30 (T1); Wednesday, 11-1 (T2)

Professor Alena Rettová
Alena Rettova

Swahili literature; African philosophy; Afrophone philosophical discourses; literatures in African languages

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4372
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  • Room: 413
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.30-16.30

Dr Caspar Melville
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4249
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  • Room: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11-1
Professor Angela Impey
Angela Impey
Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
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  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 13:00-15:00 (from Term 2)

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; music and religion in north Africa; Biblical cantillation; ritual and gender; Diaspora.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
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  • Room: 503
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 9.30-10.30 and Friday 1-2pm
Professor Phil Clark
Phil Clark

History, Politics and Law of the African Great Lakes; Transitional Justice Theory and Practice; the Politics of Violence; Community-Based and Customary Law

  • Tel: 020 7898 4611
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  • Room: 202
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10:00am - 12 noon

Dr Alastair Fraser
Alastair Fraser

African politics; the political economy of international development; democracy, participation and resistance.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4733
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  • Room: 4404
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10:00am - 12 noon - link in Bio to book
Professor Julia Gallagher
Julia Gallagher

African politics and international relations, popular conceptions of the state, architecture, images and politics in Africa, fieldwork methodologies.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4753
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  • Room: 228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3:00pm- 5:00pm see link in Bio

Dr Meera Sabaratnam
Meera Sabaratnam

International theory; postcolonial approaches; race and racism; intervention, statebuilding and development; global history; southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4722
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  • Room: 4413
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22

Dr Tom Young
Tom Young

Southern Africa: international politics; South African domestic politics; political theory

Dr Olivia Lwabukuna
Olivia Lwabukuna

Law & Development, Displacement, Resource Governance, Women’s Property Rights and
African Legal Theory and Legal Systems

  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 074 5120
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  • Room: S328
  • Academic Support Hours: Please note that I am on research leave.
Dr Jon Phillips
Jon Phillips

Research: Climate and development; political ecology; socio-natures; environmental justice; low carbon energy; extractive politics; infrastructural politics; sub-Saharan Africa