SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

History Department Staff

Head of the School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Professor Ulrich Pagel

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Eleanor Newbigin

Research Coordinator

Dr Mark Weeden

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Roy Fischel

MA Tutor

Dr Eleanor Newbigin

UG Admissions Tutor

Dr Roy Fischel - Term 1,   Dr Shabnum Tejani - Term 2/3

Research Tutor

Dr John Parker

Dr James Caron
Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia
James Caron

Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 316
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-5 p.m
Professor Michael W. Charney
Professor of Asian and Military History
Michael Charney
The history of Buddhist societies in South and Southeast Asia and of culture, technology, and warfare in colonial Africa and Asia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4612
  • Email: mc62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 322
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3 - 5pm

Dr Wayne Dooling
Senior Lecturer in the History of Southern Africa
Wayne Dooling
Early colonial South African history; slavery and emancipation in the Cape Colony
  • Tel: 020 7898 4628
  • Email: wd2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 308
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 10:15 — 12:15, or by appointment
Dr Roy Fischel
Lecturer in the History of South Asia
UG Research/ISP Tutor (History)
Roy Fischel

History of precolonial South Asia, in particular Muslim polities and societies; the Deccan, 1300-1700; South Asia and the early modern Muslim world.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4643
  • Email: rf26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 326
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Tuesday, 10-12, Term 2: Monday, 2-4

Professor Andrew R George
Professor of Babylonian
Andrew George
Cuneiform and Ancient Mesopotamian studies
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4335
  • Email: ag5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 312
  • Academic Support Hours: On research leave 2018-2021
Dr Andrea Janku
Senior Lecturer in the History of China
Subject Head/Representative (History)
Andrea Janku

China, Social and Cultural History; The Early Press and the History of Communication; Environmental History

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4636
  • Email: aj7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 318
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 10-12am (during term time)

Dr Ceyda Karamursel
Lecturer in the Department of History
CEYDA KARAMURSEL

Lecturer in the Department of History

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4602
  • Email: ck17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 324
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm or by appointment
Dr Lars Laamann
Senior Lecturer in the History of China
Lars Laamann

Popular religions in early modern China (16th-20th cc); Christianity in china (18th-20th cc); Opium and other narcotics (18th-20th cc); Manchu history (16th-20th cc)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4634
  • Email: ll10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 323
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-12pm

Dr Jana Matuszak
Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Jana Matuszak

Sumerian literature, literary disputations and dialogues, gender in the Ancient Near East

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4335
  • Email: jm101@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 312
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 12-13 and Tuesdays 13-14
Dr Eleanor Newbigin
Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia
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

Dr John Parker
Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa
John Parker
Early modern and modern West African history, especially social and political history of Ghana
  • Tel: 020 7898 4635
  • Email: jp23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 305
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm
Dr Marie Rodet
Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa
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: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave 2018-2019
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019

Dr Ayman Shihadeh
Reader in Arabic Intellectual History
Ayman Shihadeh

Medieval Arabic Intellectual History; medieval Arabic philosophy; medieval Islamic theology, especially kalam; ethical theory; the Islamic manuscript tradition.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4343
  • Email: a.shihadeh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 320
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2019-20

Dr Shabnum Tejani
Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia
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
Dr Mark Weeden
Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Mark Weeden

Hittite, Akkadian language and literature in Syria

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4328
  • Email: mw41@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 11-12 & Wed 12-1pm. Research Leave Term 2/3


Teaching Fellows/Graduate Teaching Assistants

Dr Marina Pyrovolaki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Marina Pyrovolaki

Arabic Historiography (Popular/Scholarly), Crusades, Arab-Byzantine Relations, Early Islamic History.

  • Email: mp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays from 5pm-6pm or by appointment


Research Associates




Dr Marisa Candotti
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

I am an economic historian specialised in West Africa, with a particular research focus on trans-Saharan trade and the local patterns of trade and production in the Hausa speaking area of Northern Nigeria. My current research explores the influence of pre-colonial institutions on the development of the local economy, and its implications for textile production and trade in a global perspective.





Dr Yi Li
Teaching Fellow/Programme Development Manager in Online and Distance Learning
LI Yi

South East Asia and China, Colonial and Imperial History, History of Migration, Overseas Chinese Network

Dr Raquel A.G. Reyes
Research Associate
Raquel Reyes
History of science and medicine; gender, sexuality, and the senses; social and cultural impact of early modern global trade in Southeast Asia with particular reference to the Philippines.



Postdoctoral Fellows

Emeritus Staff


Professor Ian Brown
Emeritus Professor
Ian Brown
The modern economic and political history of South East Asia; the economic impact of the inter-war depression on South East Asia



Professor Peter Robb
Emeritus Professor
Peter Robb

The history of modern South Asia; early Calcutta, c.1780-1830, Indian agrarian history, especially Bihar and Eastern India.



Administrative Staff

Ms Karen Philpott
Department Officer - History, Religions & Philosophies
Karen Philpott
  • Tel: 020 7898 4020
  • Email: kp20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 325
  • Academic Support Hours: 8:45am - 4:45pm