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 Richard Reid

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Andrea Janku

Research Coordinator

Professor Catherine Hezser

Undergraduate Tutor

Dr Andrea Janku

MA Tutor

Dr Eleanor Newbigin

Admissions Tutor

Dr Roy Fischel

Research Tutor

Dr Marie Rodet

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: 468
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5 p.m
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: Wednesdays 2-3pm or by appointment.

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: Thursdays 11-1
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: Wednesdays, 14.00 - 15.00, and Fridays, 12.00 - 13

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: 326
  • Office Hours: Tuesday: 11am-12pm and Wednesday: 11am- 12pm
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: 414
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4.30, Fridays 3-4.30 or by appointment

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: +44 (0)20 7898 4636
  • Email: aj7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 316
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-12am and by appointment

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
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm or by appointment
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
  • 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: Bookable at https://goo.gl/U30hFW and by apptmt.

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
  • Office Hours: Monday 10.30-12.30 and by appointment

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
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

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: 426
  • Office Hours: Monday, 3.00-4.00, or by 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 3-5pm
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: 421
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11-12 and Fridays 1-2pm

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: Tuesdays &Thursdays 1.30-2.30pm or by appointment

Marina Pyrovolaki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Marina Pyrovolaki

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

  • Email: mp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 311
  • Office Hours: Fridays from 5pm-6pm or by appointment


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.



Administrative Staff