SOAS University of London

Department of History

Staff

Head of Department
Professor Richard Reid

Deputy Head of Department
Dr Nelida Fuccaro

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Andrea Janku

MA Tutor

Dr Nelida Fuccaro

Admissions Tutor

Dr Roy Fischel

Research Tutor

Dr Marie Rodet

Research Coordinator

Dr Michael Charney

Teresa Bernheimer
Senior Lecturer in the History of the Near and Middle East
Teresa Berheimer

Islamic History to 1200; social history of elites in early Islam, especially 'Alid family; documentary and material evidence from Late Antiquity to early Islam; origins and development of Shi'ism; early Islamic Iran

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: 237
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 4-6pm

William Gervase Clarence-Smith
Professor of the Economic History of Asia and Africa
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
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: 300
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Roy Fischel
Lecturer in the History of South Asia
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: 312
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11am- 1pm
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16
Nelida Fuccaro
Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East
Nelida Fuccaro
Modern Middle Eastern history, especially Iraq, Persian Gulf and Syria; urban history; history of violence; social and cultural history of oil ; colonialism, ethnicity and nationalism; Kurdish history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4618
  • Email: nf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 308
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm

Christopher Gerteis
Senior Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan
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: 304
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16 & 2016/17
Andrea Janku
Senior Lecturer in the History of China
Andrea Janku

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4636
  • Email: aj7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 316
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm, and Thursdays 3-4 pm

Lars Laamann
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-12pm

Angus Lockyer
Lecturer in the History of Japan
Angus Lockyer
Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: al21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 318
  • Office Hours: Thursday 2-4pm, bookable at: https://goo.gl/U30hFW

Derek Mancini-Lander
Lecturer in the History of Iran
DEREK MANCINI-LANDER

Cultural and social history of the late medieval and early modern Persianate world; urban and local history in Iran; space, memory, and narrative in Persian historiography; shrine-centered religiosity; Safavid history

  • Tel: 020 7898 4609
  • Email: dm40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 311
  • Office Hours: Mondays, 3.15-4.45pm
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
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Terms 2&3

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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm
Richard Reid
Professor of the History of Africa
Head of Department
Richard Reid

Warfare in Eastern Africa; Politics of the Horn

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4774
  • Email: rr15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 322
  • Office Hours: Thursday 12pm -1.30pm

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.

Mandy Sadan
Reader in the History of South East Asia
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
  • Email: ms114@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 302
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

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
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm and by appointment

Teaching Fellows/Graduate Teaching Assistants

George Lane
Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of the Middle East and Central Asia
George Lane
Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4285
  • Email: gl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 303
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1.30-4pm or by email appointment

Marina Pyrovolaki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Marina Pyrovolaki

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



Research Associates

Benjamin Fortna
Professorial Research Associate
Ben Fortna
Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature




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.





Yi Li
Research Associate
LI Yi

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


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

T H Barrett
T H Barrett
History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period

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

G R Hawting
Emeritus Professor
Gez Hawting
Pre-modern Islamic and Middle Eastern history; the origins and early development of Islam in the Middle East

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.