SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Staff

Centre Chair
Professor Nadje Al-Ali
MA Gender Studies Programme Convenor
Dr Awino Okech
MA Gender and Sexuality Programme Convenor
Dr Alyosxa Tudor
MA Gender Studies and Law Programme Convenor
Dr Gina Heathcote
MA Admissions Tutor
Dr Awino Okech
Seminar Series Convenor
Dr Awino Okech
PhD Tutor
Dr Awino Okech and Dr Alyosxa Tudor
Research Admissions Tutor
Dr Alyosxa Tudor
Nadje Al-Ali
Centre Chair
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: na@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452A
  • Academic Support Hours: to be arranged
Gina Heathcote
Convenor, MA in Gender Studies and Law
Gina Heathcote

International feminist legal theories; International Law especially laws on the use of force; collective security; political and legal theories; law of the sea; gender and conflict

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4367
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S335
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 13.30-15.30

Ruba Salih
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4245
  • Email: ruba.salih@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 471
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday: 5.00 - 6.45pm
Alyosxa Tudor
Lecturer
Research Admissions & PhD Tutor
Alyosxa Tudor Staff Image

Trans_feminism; Racism, Migratism and Constructions of Europeanness; Critical European Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Critical Migration Studies; Interdependencies/Intersectionality; Diaspora Studies.

  • Email: at53@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4407
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 12:00-14:00

Awino Okech
Lecturer
Seminar Series Convenor
Research Tutor
MA in Gender Studies Convenor
Awino Okech
  • Email: ao21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4403
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only

Administrative Staff


Members

Samia Bano
Member
Samia Bano

Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4668
  • Email: sb169@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
Hannah Bargawi
Member
Hannah Bargawi
Feminist Economics; Gender and Employment; Care and Social Reproduction; Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Macroeconomic Policies and Employment; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Research Methods; Qualitative Methods; Middle East; Palestine; Jordan; Egypt; East Africa; Tanzania; Uganda.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: hb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 256
  • Academic Support Hours: https://hannahbargawi.youcanbook.me/

Senija Causevic
Senija Causevic

Critical management; critical marketing; (contested) heritage marketing, management and interpretation; experiential marketing; destination branding/marketing/representation; post-conflict cultural settings; Ottoman Empire; Balkans; India

  • Tel: 0207 898 4514
  • Email: sc83@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 542
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Member
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11-1

Stephen Dodd
Member
Steve Dodd
Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in gender/sexuality, Modernism and translation studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
  • Email: sd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm (Term 2 only)
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019 (Term 1)
Lindiwe Dovey
Member
Dovey, Lindiwe - SOA IMG

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for an appointment

Ayman El-Desouky
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Academic Support Hours: Back in September 2018
Christopher Gerteis
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 378
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11.30am-1pm/Thursdays 3.30-5.30pm

Kate Grady
Member
Staff Silhouette

Military law, criminal law, international criminal law, peace and security, peacekeeping, critical legal theories

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4719
  • Email: kate.grady@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S326
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 13.00 -15.00

Laura Hammond
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Laura Hammond

Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4654
  • Email: lh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 371
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday by appointment (via email)
  • On Sabbatical:Full Year (18/19 )
Vanja Hamzić
Member
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; Law of Tort; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15:30-17:30

Colette Harris
Member
Colette Harris

Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.

Rachel Harris
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual; music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 11:30-12:30 or email for an appointment

Rachel V Harrison
Member
Rachel Harrison 2018
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 3-4pm, Wednesday 3-4pm
Sian Hawthorne
Member
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1 - 3pm

Angela Impey
Member
Angela Impey
Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-4 p.m.

Deborah Johnston
Member
Deborah Johnston

Analysis and measurement of poverty; the working of rural labour markets; agrarian change and rural development; the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS

Tania Kaiser
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Tania Kaiser

East Africa, particularly Uganda and Sudan, West Africa; conflict and development; forced migration; refugees; humanitarian interventions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4484
  • Email: tk51@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 290
  • Academic Support Hours: https://goo.gl/L4KXfA

Laleh Khalili
Member
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, refugees and humanitarian regimes, the politics of logistics and transport, Middle East, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-4.30pm and Tuesdays 11am-1pm

Karima Laachir
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave in 2017/18
Jieyu Liu
Member
Jieyu Liu

Women and gender in China; gender and work; sexuality and organizations; migration; gender and intergenerational relations; ageing and family transitions; unemployment; social policy and welfare reforms in China.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4899
  • Email: jl92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: On research leave 2016-2020

Zoë Marriage
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Zoë Marriage
The political economy of security, DR Congo, demobilisation, emergency assistance to countries at war
  • Tel: 020 7898 4437
  • Email: zm2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 259
  • Academic Support Hours: https://10to8.com/book/mprnro-free/305284/

Dolores P Martinez
Member
Dolores Martinez
Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions
Dina Matar
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
  • On Sabbatical:2018-19 Term 1

Alessandra Mezzadri
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Alessandra Mezzander
International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India  
  • Tel: 0207 898 4533
  • Email: am99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4421
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 2pm -4pm
Ben Murtagh
Member
Ben Murtagh
Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 9-10am

Eleanor Newbigin
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Eleanor Newbigin

History of modern South Asia, particularly the transition to independence; gender, family and law in colonial and post-colonial India

  • Tel: 020 7898 4625
  • Email: en2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • Academic Support Hours: Weds 11-1pm
Francesca Orsini
Francesca Orsini
Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: + 44(0)20 7898 4242
  • Email: fo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 419
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00. Email for an appointment

Wen-chin Ouyang
Member
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00 pm; Wednesdays: 12:00-13:00
Navtej K Purewal
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
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.


Rahul Rao
Member
Rahul Rao
International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4423
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 9am-11am (from Jan 21 onwards)
Timon Screech
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Timon Screech
History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-3 (14:00-15:00)


Carol G. S. Tan
Carol Tan

Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4630
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S131
  • Academic Support Hours: by prior appointment
Shabnum Tejani
Shabnum Tejani

Nineteenth and twentieth century social and intellectual history, particularly of the Bombay Presidency; communalism and nationalism in India; debates around secularism and religious intolerance

  • Tel: 020 7898 4613
  • Email: st40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 314
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5pm

Ashley Thompson
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm (16:00-17:00)
Gabriele vom Bruck
Member
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 3 - By appointment only

Lynn Welchman
Member
Lynn Welchmann
Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S235
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10:30 - 12:30
Amina Yaqin
Member
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
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11-1

Akanksha Mehta
Akanksha Mehta
I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. I am also a Teaching Assistant at the Centre as well as the Department of Politics and International Studies. My PhD research examines the 'everyday' politics of women in right-wing movements specifically looking at Hindu Nationalism in India and Israeli Zionist settlers in the West Bank, Palestine. I am broadly interested in the intersections of international relations, political theory, critical geography, and gender/feminism. I am also a published photographer and work towards bringing visual methods/methodologies into my academic research.

Research Fellows

Mehri Honarbin-Halliday
Research Fellow
Mehri Halliday

Dr Honarbin-Holliday is a practicing artist and works interdisciplinary exploring the intersections of gender, identity, and education. She is the author of Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society (2008). She has exhibited her video and fired clay installations in Iran, Britain, Mexico, and the United States and is the recipient of the 2007 national award from the Art and Culture Secretariat at Tehran Municipality. Dr Honarbin-Holliday is currently working on a new book for I.B. Tauris titled Masculinities in Urban Iran.


Latif Tas
Latif Tas

Dr. Latif Tas is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. For the period of 2017-2019, he will also be Assistant Professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (New York). His work is interdisciplinary and focuses on the politics of justice, legal and political anthropology, diaspora mobilization, transnationalism, gender, citizenship, social movements, conflict and peace in Europe and Middle East, especially with reference to Turkey, Kurds, the Ottoman Empire, the UK and Germany.


Research Associates

Leila Zaki Chakravarti
Research Associate
Leila Zaki Chakravarti

Leila Zaki Chakravarti trained as an anthropologist at the American University in Cairo. She worked as a shop-floor operative in an Egyptian garment assembly factory as fieldwork for her PhD at SOAS. She is currently publishing her thesis and related papers on the intersection of class, gender and religion within workplace politics on the globalised shop-floor. She is also exploring new research avenues into issues of gender identities and local politics in the 'workplaces' of football, encompassing both professional clubs and informal urban street games, in post-Arab Spring Egypt.


Sarah Ghabrial
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Modernity; secularism; citizenship; legal pluralism; colonialism; Islamic law; Mediterranean and Maghreb studies; histories of gender, sexuality, the family in the Middle-East and North Africa; French Second Empire and Third Republic; 19th-20th centuries.

Jennifer Langer
Research Associate
Jennifer Langer

My research continued my interest in cultural memory through Iranian Jewish literature. The literary production of exiled Iranian Jewish women appears in the anthology I edited: If Salt has Memory (Five Leaves: 2008).


Dianne Otto
Professorial Research Associate
Dianne Otto

Dianne Otto is Francine V. McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School and a Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS.