SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Centre for the Study of Pakistan Members

Chair of Centre

Dr Amina Yaqin

  • Chair, Centre for the study of Pakistan
Dr Amina Yaqin
Chair, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Amina Yaqin
Urdu literature; Postcolonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian writing; Pakistani literature and culture; Multiculturalism; Muslim Studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4305
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  • Room: 470
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues and Weds, 9:30-10:30
Professor Jonathan Goodhand
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Jonathan Goodhand
South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4483
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  • Room: 258
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 1 - 2 and Thurs 3 - 4

Professor Francesca Orsini
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Francesca Orsini
Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: + 44(0)20 7898 4242
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  • Room: 419
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm. Email for an appointment
Dr James Caron
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
James Caron

Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4295
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  • Room: 316
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 17:00-18:30

Professor Martin W Lau
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Martin Lau
Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4935
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  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 15.30–16.30
Professor Matthew J Nelson
Academic Staff
Matthew Nelson
Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Thought, South Asia, Islam, non-elite politics, democracy.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4742
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  • Room: 218
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21

Dr Paolo Novak
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Staff Silhouette

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
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  • Room: 368
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Professor Navtej K Purewal
Navtej K Purewal

Bordering logics; feminism; gender and social policy; reproductive rights; girls' education; coloniality; neoliberal development; South Asia; India and Pakistan

  • Tel: 020 7898 4261
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  • Room: 448
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 12-2pm

Professor Edward Simpson
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan​
Edward Simpson
Ethnography of western India; social theory and the Indian Ocean; disaster and reconstruction anthropology; post-colonial rural change; infrastructure development in South Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4481
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  • Room: B400
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 9-10am (email for appointment)

Dr Vanja Hamzić
Vanja Hamzić

Law and Society of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and West Africa (esp. Senegal); Islamic Law; Legal and Social History; Legal and Social Anthropology; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Colonialism and Slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Marxism; Critical Theory; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
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  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: T2: Tue 12:00 - 14:00 (by appointment only)
Farzana Whitfield
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Farzana Whitfield
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4153
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  • Room: Library E10
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday to Thursday

Burzine K Waghmar
Member, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Burzine Waghmar
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4144
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  • Room: Library E10
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday to Friday

Professorial Research Associates

Professor Michael J Hutt
Michael Hutt
Nepali literature; the Nepali media; Nepali politics; Bhutanese refugees.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4286
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  • Room: 359
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm, Thursday 4-5pm

Professor Aamer Hussein
Professorial Research Associate
Aamer Hussein. Credit: Simon Veit-Wilson

Hussein will be researching the development of narrative traditions in modern Urdu, with a particular focus on mid-20th century Pakistani fiction,and women's writings from South Asia. He will make use of rare and forgotten volumes in the library, some of which he has, in the past, rediscovered. He will also be completing a volume of fiction in Urdu, which reflects his readings in Urdu literature.

Research Associates

Dr Ayesha Siddiqa
Ayesha Siddiqa

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is an expert on civil-military relations in South Asia. She has worked extensively on Pakistan military - its politics, decision-making and arms procurement. In the past few years her work has focused on understanding the drivers of radicalism and militancy in Punjab and Sindh that led her to explore the ideological and philosophical linkages between South Asia and the Middle East with an emphasis on transfer of knowledge since the late 18th century.  

Visiting Scholar