SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

History Department Staff

Subject Head (History)

Dr Andrea Janku

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: Monday 3:00-5:00p.m
Professor Michael W. Charney
Professor of Asian and Military History
Mike 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: Tuesday 5:00-6:00 pm

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: Wednesday, 13:00-14:45
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: Tuesday - 10.00-12.00

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: Thursday 2-4pm (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: On Leave 2019-20
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: Every day except Tuesday-email by appointment

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: Monday and Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm
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: Monday 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: Tuesday & Wednesday 11-12pm
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 Term 1 - 2019-20

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: Monday 3-5pm or by appointment


Teaching Fellows/Graduate Teaching Assistants




Research Associates




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


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 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11-1


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 | Open to STUDENTS - 10.00-4.00pm

Ms Karen Philpott
Department Officer - History, Religions and Philosophies
Karen Philpott
  • Tel: 020 7898 4020
  • Email: hrp@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 325
  • Academic Support Hours: 8.45-4.45pm