SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies


Dr Chris Alden

Lecturer, Department of International Relations, LSE,

  • Political transitions; post-conflict reconstruction; South African foreign policy; role of external actions in African politics
  • South Africa, Mozambique, Angola
Professor Stephen Chan

Dean of Law and Social Sciences; Professor of International Relations,

  • The movement towards democracy in Commonwealth Africa and other selected states. Conceptual underpinnings of Africanist thought and those forms of Afro-essentialism

Dr  Alastair Fraser

Lecturer in African Politics, SOAS, Department of Politics and International Studies,

  • The politics of ‘call-in’ radio and television shows; the privatisation of the copper mining industry, including relations between workers, the state and both Western and Chinese investors; the strategies African states deploy to negotiate with foreign aid donors; the ideological effects on trade union leaders and NGO workers of ties to the international development industry; and the relationships between technocracy, democratisation and populist modes of political mobilisation
  • Southern Africa, particularly Zambia
Dr Julia Gallagher

Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London,

  • Domestic and international relations in Southern Africa; Zimbabwe; Images of Africa; Tony Blair's Africa policy; teaching Africa and International Studies.
Dr David Harris

Teaching Fellow, SOAS, Department of Politics and International Relations,

  • Sierra Leone and Liberia; elections after conflict; rebel groups and political parties.
Dr Meera Sabaratnam

Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS

  • State-building, development policy, post-war reconstruction;
  • post-colonial historiography, political thought, political economy;
  • Southern Africa, particularly Mozambique; Indian Ocean linkages
Dr David Styan

Lecturer, School of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck,

  • Political economy of the Horn of Africa
  • UK and French policy towards Africa
  • UK African diaspora
Dr Michael Twaddle

Reader in Commonwealth Studies, ICS,

  • Politics and recent history; structural adjustment policies; religion and politics; political biography; overseas Indians in East Africa and Caribbean; religion in post-colonial Uganda.
  • East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Dr Tom Young

Senior Lecturer in Politics with reference to Africa, SOAS,

  • Ethnicity and politics; regional politics of Southern Africa; political theory; regional implications of structural adjustment and governance policies.
  • Southern Africa, South Africa, Mozambique