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 Griseldis Kirsch

Associate Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Alan Cummings

Learning and Teaching Coordinator

Dr Rossella Ferrari

Research Coordinator

Dr Nathan W. Hill

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

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

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

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

Director of Research

Dr Xiaoning Lu

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

Academic Staff

Dr 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: 388
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-4pm
Dr Ernest Caldwell
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Associate Director of Teaching Quality (UG and PGT)
Ernest Caldwell

Early and medieval Chinese law; palaeography; manuscript culture; Classical Chinese; law and language; law and visual culture

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4645
  • Email:
  • Room: S327
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment (ec24)

Dr Rossella Ferrari
Reader in Chinese and Theatre Studies
Rossella Ferrari
Chinese-language theatres; Sinophone performance cultures, trans-Asian performance networks, Chinese-language cinemas, transnational Asian cultures, intercultural theatre, theories and practices of the avant-garde.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
  • Email:
  • Room: 399a
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10.30-11.30am - see biography to book
Professor 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Dr 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: 456
  • Academic Support Hours: Not teaching in 2018/19
Dr 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: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: Not teaching 2019-20


Dr Yan Cui
Senior Lector in Chinese
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Chinese language teaching, styles of modern Chinese literary language, Chinese rhetoric
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4237
  • Email:
  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11am-12noon/Wednesdays 11am-12noon
Ms Wanli Gao
Senior Lector in Chinese
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Chinese language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4234
  • Email:
  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 12-1 pm / Thursday 11 - 12 pm

Ms Lik Suen
Principal Lector in Chinese
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Modern Chinese languages; language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4264
  • Email:
  • Room: 382
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11.15am-12.15pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm

Teaching Fellows

Dr Song Lianyi
Principal Teaching Fellow
Lianyi Song
Modern Chinese language and language pedagogy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4226
  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 12 noon -1pm/Wednesdays 12 noon -1pm

Research Associates

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

Emeritus Staff

Professor 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