SOAS University of London

Doctoral School

Doctoral School Staff

Head of Doctoral School

Professor Nadje Al-Ali

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Nadje Al-Ali
Head of the Doctoral School
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4547
  • Email:
  • Room: 452A
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am and Thursdays 3-4pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1
Mandy Sadan
Associate Dean (Research)(Arts and Humanities)
Mandy Sadan

Ethnicity and conflict in mainland South East Asia, cultural production, non-national histories of Eastern Himalayas and South East Asian Massif and the South, South East and East Asian borderworlds of Burma

  • Tel: 020 7898 4622
  • Email:
  • Room: 302
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Associate Dean (Research) (Languages and Cultures)
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
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  • Room: 396
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm(Term Time), or by email appointment
Paul O'Connell
Associate Dean (Research) (Law and Social Sciences)
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Public Law, Human Rights (particularly Socio-Economic Rights), Legal Theory, Comparative Law and International Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4712
  • Email:
  • Room: S236
  • Office Hours: Monday 12 - 2pm

Yenn Lee
Doctoral Training Advisor
Yenn Lee

Doctoral researcher development

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4982
  • Email:
  • Room: GS304
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday (Email for an appointment)