SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

History Department Staff

Subject Head (History)

Dr Andrea Janku

BA and MA Programme Convenors and Admission Tutors
BA History

Dr Roy Fischel

BA Global Liberal Arts

Dr Mark Weeden

MA History and MA History and Intensive Language

Dr Ceyda Karamursel

Admissions Tutor

Dr Lars Laamann

Research Tutor

Dr Shabnum Tejani

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: Wednesdays 17:00-18:30
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4612
  • Email: mc62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 322
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 17:00 -19:00

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 11:00 -- 12:50
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: Mondays 3-4 in person, 4-5 also online

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: Tuesdays 9.30-11.00 (term time) or by appointment
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: By e-mail 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4634
  • Email: ll10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 323
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays to Fridays by appointment
Dr Sam Mirelman
Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Sam Mirelman

Music and performance in the ancient Near East, Sumerian liturgical texts, Mesopotamian rituals, Sumerian-Akkadian language contact, Mesopotamian intellectual history

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4283
  • Email: sm106@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5pm

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: Mon 11.30-12.30 on campus; 12:30-13:30 online
Dr Marie Rodet
Reader 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-IMG 485 186 56

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 2020-21
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 Hengameh Ziai
Lecturer in the History of the Middle East and Africa
Hengameh Ziai 56 186 485

Postcolonial Theory, Critical Political Economy, Islamic Studies, African Studies, Middle East Studies, Ottoman History, Legal History, Science and Technology Studies, Histories of Capitalism, Anthropologies of Debt and Neoliberalism.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4692
  • Email: hz12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 306
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 5.00-6.30pm (by appointment)

Teaching Fellows/Graduate Teaching Assistants

Dr Anna Bruzzone
Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of Africa
Anna Bruzzone 186 56 485
  • Email: ab177@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 312
  • Academic Support Hours: Tue 15:30-16:30, Thu 14:00-15:00, or by appointmen


Visiting Scholars


Research Associates

Dr John Parker
Research Associate
John Parker
Early modern and modern West African history, especially social and political history of Ghana



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 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.