SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Centre for Global Media and Communications Staff

Centre Chair

Teaching & Learning Directorate: Crisis Management Group, Student Welbeing Tutor, PGT Admission Tutor, Widening Participation Lead, REF Coordination

Research Directorate: Centre Lead, Research Seminar Series, PGT Open Days Lead, Blog

Convenor, MA Global Media and Communications

Convenor, MA Global Media and Digital Cultures (online)

Convenor, Research Degrees: Media Studies

Dr Dina Matar

Teaching & Learning Directorate: PGT Admission Tutor, PGT Exam Board & Scrutiny Chair

Research Directorate: PhD Programme Convenor, PGT Admission Tutor

Convenor, MA Media in Development

Dr Somnath Batabyal

Research Directorate: Research Seminar Series, Blog

Dr Dounia Mahlouly

Dr Somnath Batabyal
Lecturer in Media in Development and International Journalisms
Somnath Batabyal

South Asia with a focus on India; transnational news spheres; Development discourses and its articulation in mainstream and alternate news forums; environmental politics.

Professor Dina Matar
Professor in Arab Media and Political Communication, School of Law
Director, Centre for Global Media and Communication, 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
  • Email:
  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Dr Dounia Mahlouly
Dounia Mahlouly

Dr. Mahlouly lectures and is the course co-convenor for “International Political Communication” and “Global Media and Post-National Communication”.

Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Senior Teaching Fellow
Research Associate
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

His research interests include:

  • Media in the Middle East with particular focus on Iran;
  • Diasporas and transnational media;
  • Islamophobia;
  • Shi’i Islam in the West;
  • Third Cinema;
  • Big data and digital methods.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email:
  • Room: 587
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Research Associates

Dr Massoumeh Torfeh
Research Associate
Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh, has been appointed UN Director of Strategic Communication and Spokesperson for Afghanistan and is a former senior producer in BBC World Service, specializes on the politics and media of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Associate Members

Professor Gilbert Achcar
Associate Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email:
  • Room: 292b
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment via email
Professor Stephen Chan, OBE
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Stephen Chan

Politics of southern Africa, normative values and non-Western methodologies

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4655
  • Email:
  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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
  • Email:
  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Ms Narguess Farzad
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
  • Email:
  • Room: 440
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 1-2pm, Friday 1-2pm

Dr Sian Hawthorne
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
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:
  • Room: 337
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11:00 - 13:00

Dr Griseldis Kirsch
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email:
  • Room: 377
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 10-11am (on site) / Wed 11am-12 noon (online)
Dr Kevin Latham
Kevin Latham
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance

Dr Dolores P Martinez
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Dolores Martinez
Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions
Dr Nima Mina
Mina Nima - NME IMG 240, 186, 56
Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies

Professor Dan Plesch
Associate Member
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email:
  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 12:00 noon - 2:00pm
Dr Marie Rodet
Associate Member
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4606
  • Email:
  • Room: 309
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave Term 1 - 2019-20

Dr Subir Sinha
Associate Member
Subir Sinha
South Asia; social movements; civil society; the environment; institutions; agrarian questions; Marxist and postcolonial theory; Social theory in Development studies.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4495
  • Email:
  • Room: 287
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11am - 1pm

Professor Justin Watkins
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email:
  • Room: 462
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until Feb 2022; online by appointment

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

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia, world philosophies.

Emeritus Professors

Professor Mark Hobart
Emeritus Professor
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Mark Hobart: Centre for Media and Film Studies

South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali: cultural and media studies; philosophical issues and eurocentrism in the human sciences; media and performance.

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.