SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

China and Inner Asia Section Staff

Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Nathan W. Hill

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Rossella Ferrari

Research Coordinator

Professor Drew Gerstle

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Alan Cummings (BA Chinese (Modern and Classical), BA Chinese Studies, BA Chinese and ...)

Dr Marta Sernesi (BA Tibetan and ...) 

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Rossella Ferrari (BA Chinese (Modern and Classical), BA Chinese Studies, BA Chinese and ...)

Dr Marta Sernesi (BA Tibetan and ...)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Cosima Bruno (MA Chinese Studies)

Professor Bernhard Fuehrer (MA Sinology, MA Sinology (Literature Exit Award))

Dr Dafydd Fell (MA Taiwan Studies)

Postgraduate Tutor

Dr Xiaoning Lu

Please note that for Masters Students the Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor is the MA Programme Convenor.

Academic Staff

Cosima Bruno
Senior Lecturer in China Studies
Cosima Bruno

Contemporary Chinese poetry; translation studies; Chinese language art; Sinophone literatures

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4421
  • Email:
  • Room: 456
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Wednesdays 2-3pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2017/18
Rossella Ferrari
Reader in Chinese and Theatre Studies
Ferrari Rossella - CIA IMG 485 186 56
Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
  • Email:
  • Room: 399a
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3.30-4.30pm

Bernhard Fuehrer
Professor of Sinology
Bernhard Fuehrer
Classical Chinese philology, rhetoric, philosophy and literature; the history of Sinology in Europe; reception of the canon with specific reference to the Analects
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4218
  • Email:
  • Room: 398
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm
Nathan W. Hill
Reader in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics
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
  • Email:
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Not teaching in 2017/18

Xiaoning Lu
Lecturer in Modern Chinese Culture and Language
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4670
  • Email:
  • Room: 453
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am-12pm, 3-4pm
Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Professor of Chinese Studies
Tian Yuan Tan
Pre-modern Chinese literature, with emphasis on drama, fiction, and poetry in the later dynasties; Chinese literary history and historiography; court theatre and performance; cross-cultural interactions between China and other countries
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4570
  • Email:
  • Room: 396
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm / Email for an appointment


Yan Cui
Senior Lector in Chinese
Cui Yan - CIA IMG 485 186 56
Chinese language teaching, styles of modern Chinese literary language, Chinese rhetoric
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4237
  • Email:
  • Room: 382
  • Office Hours: SEE STAFF PROFILE
Wanli Gao
Senior Lector in Chinese
Staff Silhouette
Chinese language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4234
  • Email:
  • Room: 382
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1 pm / Thursday 11 - 12 pm

Zhaoxia Pang
Senior Lector in Chinese
Zhaoxia Pang
  • Tel: 020 7898 4257
  • Email:
  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Monday 16:00-17:00 / Thursday 11:00-12:00

Lik Suen
Principal Lector in Chinese
Staff Silhouette
Modern Chinese languages; language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4264
  • Email:
  • Room: 361
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm & Wednesdays 11:30am-1pm

Teaching Fellows

Song Lianyi
Principal Teaching Fellow
Lianyi Song
Modern Chinese language and language pedagogy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4226
  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1-2pm / Thursday 1-2pm

Research Associates

Mary Mazzilli
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Modern and contemporary Chinese Drama (with particular expertise on Gao Xingjian); Comparative Literature; Gender studies; Literary Theory

Emeritus Staff

Andrew H-B Lo
Emeritus Professor of Chinese
Andrew Lo
Chinese language (Cantonese and Mandarin); fiction and prose from the Ming-Qing periods; cultural activities of Ming and Qing scholars, especially games; export paintings; traditional horticulture