SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies


Centre Chair

Teaching & Learning Directorate: Crisis Management Group

Research Directorate: 

Professor Dina Matar

Research Directorate: PhD Admissions

Dr Samia Khatun

Teaching & Learning Directorate: PGT Admission Tutor

Research Directorate: Research Seminar Series

Convener, MA Gender Studies (Middle East Pathway)

Convener, MA Transnational Queer Feminist Politics with special reference to the Middle East

Convener, MA Gender, Sexuality in Global Politics (Online)

Dr Sophie Chamas
Teaching & Learning Directorate: PGT Admission Tutor, PGT Exam Board & Scrutiny Chair, REF Coordination

Research Directorate: PhD Programme Convenor, PGT Open Days Lead

Convener, MA Gender Studies

Convener, Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in Gender Studies

Dr Alyosxa Tudor


Convener, MA Gender Studies and Law

Lucia Kula

Dr Alyosxa Tudor
Senior Lecturer
Alyosxa Tudor Staff Image

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

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  • Room: 4407
  • Academic Support Hours: Request appointment via email
Dr Samia Khatun
Senior Lecturer
Samia Khatun

I am a feminist historian of the British Empire, focussing on the life worlds and experiences of colonised peoples. Tackling the central role of the discipline of modern history in constructing myths of the superiority of white man, my research and writing develops methodologies for analysing intersecting gender, race and class oppressions by engaging colonised peoples’ intellectual traditions.

Dr Sophie Chamas
Lecturer in Gender Studies
Sophie Chamas

Dr. Sophie Chamas is grounded in anthropology, her work focussing on the study of social movements, counter-culture, and political theory and discourse rooted in, focused on or related to the Middle East.  Sophie is interested in thinking through the life, death and afterlife of the radical political imaginary in the Middle East and beyond. Sophie is also an essayist and writer of creative non-fiction. Her writing has appeared in Kohl: a journal for body and gender research, The State, Raseef 22, Mashallah News, Jadaliyya and The Towner, amongst other publications. Her PhD viva in Modern Middle East Studies at the University of Oxford, where she was also an Ertegun Scholar will be held in October 2019.


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  • Room: 4408
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only
Dr Sidonia Lucia Kula
S. Lucia Kula
My research focuses on how law and gender interacts with national/international instruments and institutions in the protection of (Congolese) refugees against sexual and gender based violence in Angola.
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  • Room: S335
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.00 - 15.00 * Wednesdays 15:00 - 16:00

Administrative Staff


Professor Nadje Al-Ali
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.

Dr Samia Bano
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
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  • Room: S133
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 13:00
  • On Sabbatical:T2 (2019/20)

Dr Hannah Bargawi
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
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  • Room: 278
  • Academic Support Hours: See below
Dr Orkideh Behrouzan
Behrouzan Orkideh -ob8 -ANT

medical anthropology; anthropology of medicine, psychiatry, science, and technology; STS; mental health, trauma, social ruptures, memory, and subjectivity; refugees and displacement; Iran; the Middle East; epidemics and pandemics; COVID19; HIV/AIDS

  • Tel: 4695
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  • Room: 589
  • Academic Support Hours: Please see bio for details

Dr 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
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  • Room: 542
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Professor Stephen Dodd
Steve Dodd
Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in gender/sexuality, Modernism and translation studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
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  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm (Term 2 only)
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019 (Term 1)

Professor Lindiwe Dovey
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
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  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Dr Kate Grady
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4719
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  • Room: S326
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 12:30 - 13:30 and Friday 11:30 - 12:30

Professor 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
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  • Room: 371
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only. Please email.

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)
Dr Colette Harris
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.

Professor Rachel Harris
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; Silk Road narratives; cultural and heritage policy, Islamic soundscapes; gender; minority rights and identity politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
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  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 10.30-11.30 online, Fri 10.30-11.30 in person
Professor Rachel V Harrison
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
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  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online

Dr Sian Hawthorne
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
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  • Room: 337
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11:00 - 13:00
Professor Angela Impey
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
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  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 13:00-15:00 (from Term 2)

Dr Catherine Jenkins
Staff Silhouette
Human rights; transitional justice; law and conflict; international criminal law; post-conflict reform and reconstruction; legal developments in post-apartheid South Africa; law and society in Africa.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4676
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  • Room: S340
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:00, Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00

Dr 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
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  • Room: 290
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment,

Dr 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
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  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave
Professor 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.

Dr Jieyu Liu
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
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  • Room: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: Appointment by email

Professor Dina Matar
Director, Centre for Gender Studies, School of Law
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, international political communication; media and conflict; critical global media studies; activism and media; social movements; memory studies and oral history; diasporas and ethnic minorities.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
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  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Dr 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
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  • Room: 4421
  • Academic Support Hours: Please book:
Dr Ben Murtagh
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
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  • Room: 466
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 3-4 (on campus); Friday 11-12 (online)

Dr 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
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  • Room: 307
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 11.30-12.30 on campus; 12:30-13:30 online

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
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
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  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment online
Professor Navtej K Purewal
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
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

Dr Rahul Rao
Rahul Rao
International relations theory, critical theory (especially postcolonial and queer
theory), comparative political thought, gender and sexuality, South Asia
  • On Sabbatical:2021/22
Dr Mayur Suresh
Mayur Suresh

Anti-terror laws (particularly of South Asia); law and anthropology; legal theory (particularly on theories of emergency legality); sexuality and gender identity in South Asia.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4646
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  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14:00 - 16:00

Professor 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

Dr 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
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  • Room: 314
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5pm
Professor Ashley Thompson
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4130
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  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am

Professor Lynn Welchman
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
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  • Room: S235
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 - 12:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Research Fellows

Ms Kaari Betty Murungi
Professor of Practice
Kaari Murungi

Kaari Betty Murungi has broad experience in transitional justice processes, women’s human rights, gender, constitutionalism and governance

Dr Rafeef Ziadah
Rafeef Ziadah

War and humanitarianism, racism and the security state, political economy and state formation in the Middle East, military and humanitarian logistics, Gulf Cooperation Council, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4359
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  • Room: 211
  • On Sabbatical:2020/21 (Term 2)
Dr 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.

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.

Ms 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.

Dr 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).

Professor 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.

Admin Office

Ms Christine Djumpah
Academic Support Manager
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Manages academic and student support in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Centre for Gender Studies, and Centre for Global Media and Communications.