SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Centre for the Study of Pakistan Members

James Caron
Chair, 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: 468
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-5 p.m
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
  • On Sabbatical:Full Year (18/19)

Michael J Hutt
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan​
Michael Hutt
Nepali literature; the Nepali media; Nepali politics; Bhutanese refugees.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4286
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  • Room: 359
  • Academic Support Hours: On research leave in 2017/18
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: S337
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 13:30 - 15:30

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
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 2017/18
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 11:00 - 13:00. Email for an appointment

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

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: Mon. 3 - 5 (Term 1 & 2); By appointment (Term 3)
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)
Navtej K Purewal
Navtej K Purewal

Purewal’s interests fall within two areas, both with a distinctive Punjab (India and Pakistan) focus. The first is on feminist scholarship and gender in South Asia, including female feticide and routes and barriers to girls’ education. The second area is the sociology of religion. Purewal was the principal investigator on a large project under the Religion and Society programme (AHRC and ESRC) on popular religious practices and contemporary transgressions of religious boundaries in South Asia focusing specifically on the region of Punjab across India and Pakistan.

Burzine K Waghmar
Member, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Staff Silhouette

Indo-Iranian History, Historical Geography and Philology (Avestan, Old Persian, Parthian, Pahlavi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Pashto, Balochi and Kashmiri); Languages and Religions of Late Antiquity and the Silk Road (Bactrian, Khotanese, Sogdian, contacts among Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and early Islam); Pakistan studies (Ancient and early Medieval History, Dardic and Nuristani dialectology, ethnography and topography of NWFP, FATA, Northern Areas and Trans-Karakoram Tract); Pakistani minorities; HUMINT counterterrorism and linguistic analysis; South Asian Muslim psycho-sociology; Muslim non-Muslim relations (Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4144
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  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Amina Yaqin
Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Amina Yaqin
Urdu language and literature; post-colonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian literatures in English; feminism in a Third World context; gender and politics in Pakistan
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4305
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  • Room: 470
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 13.30pm-14.30pm; Friday 13.30-14.30pm

Professorial Research Associates

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

Visiting Scholar