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

Director of Learning and Teaching

Dr Grace Koh

Director of Research

Dr Nathan W. Hill

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Dr Alan Cummings (All DEALC Undergraduate Programmes) 

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Cosima Bruno (BA Chinese, BA Chinese and ...)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Owen Miller (MA Chinese Studies)

Dr Dafydd Fell (MA Taiwan Studies)

Director of Doctoral Studies

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
Reader in Chinese Literature
Cosima Bruno

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4421
  • Email:
  • Room: 388
  • Academic Support Hours: 2021-22 On leave term 1
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: 398
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment (ec24)

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: On leave until 2022
Dr Xiaoning Lu
Reader 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: By appointment (xl1)


Ms Zhaoxia Pang
Senior Lector in Chinese
Zhaoxia Pang
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4257
  • Email:
  • Room: 378
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 12-1 & Thurs 1-2 (email for appointment)
Ms Lik Suen
Principal Lector in Chinese
Lik Suen
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4226
  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 2-4pm & Fri 2-4pm (email for appointments)

Research Associates

Dr Mary Mazzilli
Research Associate
Mary Mazzilli

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

Emeritus Staff

Professor Bernhard Fuehrer
Emeritus 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
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