SOAS University of London

Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Key Staff

Interim Dean

Professor Lutz Marten

Associate Dean (Undergraduate)

Dr Mustafa Shah

Associate Dean (Masters)

Dr Julia Sallabank

Associate Dean (Research)

Professor Tian Yuan Tan

Faculty Administrator

Roger Nuthall 

Academic Staff

Lutz Marten
Interim Dean of Faculty
Lutz Marten

Bantu languages and linguistics; syntax; semantics; pragmatics; historical linguistics; language and society in Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4653
  • Email:
  • Room: 360
  • Office Hours: Please email for an appointment
Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Associate Dean (Research)
Tian Yuan Tan
Pre-modern Chinese literature, with emphasis on drama, fiction, and poetry in the later dynasties; Chinese literary history and historiography; court theatre and performance; cross-cultural interactions between China and other countries
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4570
  • Email:
  • Room: 396
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm(Term Time), or by email appointment

Julia Sallabank
Associate Dean of Learning & Teaching (PGT)
Julia Sallabank

Sociolinguistics, language support, language policy, revitalisation methods, literacy practices in endangered languages, Guernesiais, British Isles, Oceania (language policies and attitudes)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4326
  • Email:
  • Room: 428b
  • Office Hours: Please email me for an appointment
Mustafa Shah
Associate Dean (Undergraduate)
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The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
  • Email:
  • Room: 434a
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment

Administrative Staff

Academic Support Office

Student Support Office