SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Japan and Korea Section Staff

Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Nathan W. Hill

Associate Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Alan Cummings

Learning and Teaching Coordinator

Dr Rossella Ferrari

Research Coordinator

Professor Drew Gerstle

Undergraduate Admissions Tutors

Dr Alan Cummings (BA Japanese, BA Japanese Studies, BA Korean, BA Korean Studies) 

Undergraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Alan Cummings (BA Japanese, BA Japanese Studies)

Professor Jae Hoon Yeon (BA Korean)

Dr Grace Koh (BA Korean Studies)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Professor Stephen Dodd (MA Japanese Literature, MA Japanese Studies, MA ...and Intensive Japanese)

Dr Owen Miller (MA Korean Studies, MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway), MA ... and Intensive Korean)

Dr Marcos Centeno (MA Global Cinemas and the Transcultural)

Postgraduate Research Tutor

Dr Anders Karlsson

Please note that for Masters Students the Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor is the Postgraduate Programme Convenor.

Academic Staff

Stephen Dodd
Professor of Japanese Literature
Steve Dodd
Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in gender/sexuality, Modernism and translation studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
  • Email:
  • Room: 381
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4pm/Email for an appointment
Andrew Gerstle
Professor of Japanese Studies
Drew Gerstle
Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
  • Email:
  • Room: 390
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm / Email for an appointment

Anders Karlsson
Senior Lecturer in Korean
Anders Karlsson
Korean language; literature and society; history of 19th century Korea
  • Tel: 020 7898 4265
  • Email:
  • Room: 388
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm / Fridays 11am-1pm
Griseldis Kirsch
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Culture
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email:
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2017/18

Grace Koh
Lecturer in Korean Literature
Grace Koh

Korean and East Asian literary traditions (prose and fiction); literary and intellectual history; travel literature and cultural encounters; critical theory and comparative literature

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4290
  • Email:
  • Room: 385
  • Office Hours: Friday 2-3pm (Term 1)/Email for an appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2017/18
Owen Miller
Lecturer in Korean Studies
Owen Miller

Modern Korean history and society; Korean historiography; social and economic history of 19th and 20th century Korea

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4363
  • Email:
  • Room: 408
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment or drop in Tuesdays 2-4pm

Barbara Pizziconi
Reader in Applied Japanese Linguistics
Barbara Pizziconi
Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4225
  • Email:
  • Room: 362
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3, 2017/18
Jae Hoon Yeon
Professor of Korean Language and Linguistics
Yeon Jaehoon
Korean language and linguistics, especially morpho-syntax and linguistic typology; structure and history of Korean language; Korean language teaching and translation; modern Korean literature
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4232
  • Email:
  • Room: 384
  • Office Hours: By email appointment


Seiko Harumi
Senior Lector in Japanese
Seiko Harumi
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4274
  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00-16:00, Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00

Youkyung Ju
Senior Lector in Korean
Dr Youkyung Ju
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4220
  • Email:
  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm / Thursdays 3-4pm

Kyung Eun Lee
Senior Lector in Korean
Kyung Eun Lee

Korean language teaching

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4267
  • Email:
  • Room: 395
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1.30-3pm / Email for an appointment

Teaching Fellows

Marcos Centeno
Senior Teaching Fellow in Film Studies
Marcos Centeno

Japanese cinema with particular interest in post-war avant-gardes and documentary film. Representation of youth, gender and ethnic minorities. Transculturality, new waves, film theory, visual anthropology and archaeology of images.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4227
  • Email:
  • Room: 453
  • Office Hours: Tues 5-6pm, Thurs 6-7pm / Appointment by email
Alan Cummings
Senior Teaching Fellow In Japanese
Alan Cummings
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4200
  • Email:
  • Room: 391
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Monday 1-3pm | Term 2: Tuesday 1-3pm

Satona Suzuki
Senior Teaching Fellow in Japanese
Satona Suzuki
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4648
  • Email:
  • Room: 374
  • Office Hours: Monday 11:00-12:00; Wednesday 13:00-14:00

Research Fellows

Research Associates

J E Hoare
Research Associate
J E Hoare

FCO Research Analysts (China, Japan and Korea) for 33 years. PhD from SOAS 1971 in Japanese history. Served in Seoul, Beijing and in 2001-2002, established the British Embassy in Pyongyang., Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Has taught Korean history at SOAS and currently teaches a course, “The Other Korea” on North Korea since 1945. Numerous publications, broadcasts etc.

Emeritus Staff