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Doctoral School

Doctoral School Staff

Head of Doctoral School

Professor Richard Fardon

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Richard Fardon
Head of Doctoral School
Richard Fardon
Ethnographically, the anthropology of West Africa in general, with a particular focus on the ‘Middle Belt’ of Nigeria and Cameroon. Ethnographic interests, both contemporary and historical, include: politics and religion; ethnicity and identity; material culture. Anthropologically, contemporary theories in social anthropology, and the history of twentieth-century British social anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4406
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  • Room: 591
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment
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
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  • 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
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  • Room: S236
  • Office Hours: Monday 16:00-18:00

Yenn Lee
Doctoral Training Advisor
Yenn Lee

Doctoral researcher development

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