SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Staff

Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg

Deputy Head of Department

Professor Lutz Marten

Departmental Director of Research

Professor Rachel Harrison

Departmental Director of Admissions & Marketing

Ms Narguess Farzad

Departmental Director of Learning and Teaching

Dr Dana Healy

Departmental Director of Doctoral Studies

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang

Programme Convenors

BA Languages and Cultures: Dr Ben Murtagh

  • Africa Pathway: Dr Ida Hadjivayanis
  • Arabic Pathway: Ms Mona Hammad
  • Other Middle East Pathway: Dr Yorgos Dedes; Ms Narguess Farzad
  • South Asia Pathway: Dr Naresh Sharma
  • South East Asia Pathway: Dr Dana Healy

All other Programme Convenors: see Sectional pages (Africa, Cultural/Literary/Postcolonial Studies, Linguistics, Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia)

PhD Exam Vetting Panel

Professor Rachel Harrison, Professor Wen-chin Ouyang (Chair), Dr Julia Sallabank, Dr Anders Karlsson, and Dr Xiaoning Lu

Fractional/GTA Mentor

Dr Ben Murtagh 

Open Day / Taster Day Coordinator

Ms Narguess Farzad / Ms Shabnam Mirafzali

Senior Tutor

Dr Keya Anjaria

Admissions Tutors

Mr Mohamed Said, Dr Ben Murtagh, Dr Maria Flouraki

Careers Liaison Officer

Ms Maha Collinson

Timetable Representatives

Dr Aicha Belkadi (Linguistics), Dr Yorgos Dedes (Near and Middle East), Dr Ida Hadjivayanis (Africa), Professor Rachel Harrison (South East Asia), Mr Mohamed Said (Arabic languages), Mr Naresh Sharma (South Asia)

Mitigating Circumstances Officer

Dr Keya Anjaria

Staff Wellbeing/Support Officer

Dr Julia Sallabank

PG Exams Sub-Board Chairs

Dr Aicha Belkadi (Chair), Dr Yan Jiang (Deputy)

PhD Admissions Tutor for CCLPS, Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang

BAME Drop-in Coordinator

Dr Ida Hadjivayanis

Foundation Programme

Liaison person: Dr Mulaika Hijjas

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg
Head of School
Nano Sato-Rossberg

History of Translation Studies in Japan, Intergeneric translations (manga to film), Translation of oral narratives or orality, Cultural translation, The relationship between translation and power.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4224
  • Email: ns27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 380
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment/email
Professor Lutz Marten
Deputy Head of Department
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: lm5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online

Ms Narguess Farzad
Departmental Director of Admissions & Marketing
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 1-2pm, Friday 1-2pm
Professor Rachel V Harrison
Departmental Director of Research
Rachel Harrison 2018
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online

Dr Dana Healy
Departmental Director of Learning and Teaching
Dana Healy
Modern Vietnamese cultural studies (literature, film, gender); Vietnamese social and cultural history (the Vietnam War; art and politics); the sociology of contemporary Vietnamese literature; the Vietnamese diaspora
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4252
  • Email: dh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 465
  • Academic Support Hours: SEE FULL BIO
Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Departmental Director of Doctoral Studies
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment online

Administrative Staff


African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Academic Staff

Dr Ida Hadjivayanis
Lecturer in Swahili (Education)
Ida Hadjivayanis

Swahili Language

  • Tel: 44 (0)20 7898 4386
  • Email: ih11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 413
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11am-1pm or by appointment
Professor Lutz Marten
Professor of General and African Linguistics
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: lm5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online

Senior Lectors

Teaching Fellows



Research Associates

Professor Friederike Lüpke
Professorial Research Associate
Friederike Lüpke

Language documentation and description, contact linguistics, anthropological linguistics, syntax-semantics interface, argument structure, Ajami writing in Africa, Niger-Congo languages, Mande languages, Atlantic languages, Jalonke (Fuuta Jalon, Guinea), Bainouk (Casamance, Senegal)


Dr Martin Orwin
Research Associate
Martin Orwin
Somali language and literature; metrics and use of language in poetry; translation of poetry; the relationship between language and music.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4376
  • Email: mo1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: See office hours on door, or email
Professor Alena Rettová
Professorial Research Associate
Alena Rettova

Swahili literature; African philosophy; Afrophone philosophical discourses; literatures in African languages

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4372
  • Email: ar42@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 413
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.30-16.30

Emeritus Professors


Professor Chege Githiora
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, African Languages and Literatures
Chege Githiora
Swahili and Gĩkũyũ Language and Linguistics. Translation and Literacy in African Languages. Culture and Society of East Africa, Latin America and the African Diaspora.

Professor of Practice


Global Fellows


Community Fellows

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Aicha Belkadi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Email: ab105@soas.ac.uk

Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics, Typology, Berber, Sociolinguistics

  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Tue 3-4pm (online); Wed 1-2pm (MB 430)
Dr Maria Flouraki
Senior Teaching Fellow
Maria Flouraki
Syntax, syntax-semantics interface, formal semantics, lexical semantics, constraint-based frameworks (LFG and HPSG), lexical aspect, negation, argument structure, Romance languages, Greek, South-Asian languages
  • Email: mf44@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: Tue 1.30-2.30pm (on campus); Wed 12-1pm (online)

Dr Nathan W. Hill
Reader in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics
Nathan Hill

Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4512
  • Email: nh36@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 456
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until 2022
Dr Yan JIANG 蔣嚴 蒋严
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics & the languages of China
Yan Jiang

Semantics, pragmatics, Chinese linguistics

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4213
  • Email: yj9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 393
  • Academic Support Hours: Face-to-face or outside: Wed 2-3pm; 4-5pm

Dr Christopher Lucas
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, Maltese linguistics, Arabic dialectology, language contact, linguistic variation, contact-induced language change, Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages, English

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • Academic Support Hours: Online by appointment
Professor Lutz Marten
Professor of General and African Linguistics
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: lm5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online

Professor Julia Sallabank
Professor of Language Policy and Revitalisation
Julia Sallabank

Sociolinguistics, language policy and planning, endangered languages, revitalisation methods, multilingualism, language documentation, language and development.  British Isles, Channel Islands/Guernesiais,  Oceania (language policies and attitudes), Thailand (minority language support and revitalisation).

  • Tel: 020 7898 4326
  • Email: js72@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428b
  • Academic Support Hours: See full bio

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg
Reader in Translation Studies
Nano Sato-Rossberg

History of Translation Studies in Japan, Intergeneric translations (manga to film), Translation of oral narratives or orality, Cultural translation, The relationship between translation and power.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4224
  • Email: ns27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 380
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment/email
Professor Justin Watkins
Professor of Burmese
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until Feb 2022; online by appointment

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr Rados Voica
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics
Staff Silhouette

Language documentation, endangered languages, field linguistics and linguistic theory, information structure, syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface, predicate-argument relations, Role and Reference Grammar, prosody, autosegmental metrical models, historical linguistics, Austronesian languages, Romance languages

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4693
  • Email: rv4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 430
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment, online only

Emeritus Professors

Professor Peter Austin
Emeritus Professor in Field Linguistics
Austin Peter - 240 186 56

Typology, morpho-syntax, language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Lexical-Functional grammar, computer-aided linguistic analysis, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages

Professor Bruce Ingham
Emeritus Professor of Arabic Dialect Studies (Retired)
Bruce Ingham

General descriptive linguistics, Arabic, Persian, North American Indian languages, dialects and oral literature of the Arabian Peninsula - in particular the dialects of the Arabian bedouin, covering the dialects of the Al Dhafir, Mutair, Al Murrah and Rwalah tribes; Lakota (Siouan), Cree (Algonquian)


Professor Irina Nikolaeva
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics
Irina Nikolaeva

Syntax, morphology, information structure, typology, lexicalist theories of grammar, Construction Grammar, documentation of endangered languages, Palaeosiberian linguistics, Uralic languages, Altaic languages, Tundra Nenets (northwestern Siberia)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4250
  • Email: in3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428a
  • Academic Support Hours: See information outside rm 428a/or by appointment

Professor Itesh Sachdev
Emeritus Professor of Language and Communication
Itesh Sachdev

Social psychology of language and intergroup relations, intercultural communication, identity (minority and majority), bi-multilingualism, multiculturalism, language attitudes and motivations


Professorial Research Associates



Research Associates

Dr Monik Charette
Research Associate
Monik Charette

Phonology, morpho-phonology, stress systems, vowel harmony, syllabic structure, word-structure, Altaic languages, Turkish, French



Dr Melanie Green
Research Associate
Melanie Green

Descriptive grammar and syntactic theory, information structure, syntactic typology, West African languages, especially Hausa and Kenyang.

Dr Noriko Iwasaki
Research Associate
Norika Iwasaki

Second language acquisition (grammatical and pragmatic development, impact of study abroad), language pedagogy, psycholinguistics (language production, cognition and language), Japanese linguistics.


Dr Nancy Kula
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Phonological theory, morpho-phonology, prosodic/phrasal phonology, second language phonology, phonology-syntax interface, Bantu languages


Dr Joanna Nolan
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Sociolinguistics; historical linguistics; anthropological linguistics; language documentation and description; pidgins and creoles; Lingua Franca

Dr Sabina Shah
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Sociolinguistics, Language contact, English and Regional languages, Linguistic vitality, Linguistic landscape, Ethnomusicology, Ethnolinguistic culture, Plurilingualism, Translanguaging, Research Methods, Stylistics, Psychoanalysis


Dr Sheena Shah
Research Associate
SHAH Sheena - ss170 - LIN - 240, 186, 56

Sociolinguistics, endangered, minority and heritage languages, language documentation and revitalisation, language maintenance and shift, language policy, language and education, Khoisan languages, Bantu languages, Gujarati, German in Namibia and South Africa.


Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Professors

Professor Hugh N Kennedy
Professor of Arabic
Hugh N Kennedy

Medieval history of Arabic-speaking lands.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4251
  • Email: hk1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 436
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 4-5pm, Tuesdays 1-2pm

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment online

Senior Lecturers

Dr Yorgos Dedes
Senior Lecturer in Turkish
Yorges Dedes
Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4344
  • Email: gd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 424
  • Academic Support Hours: ON CAMPUS Tuesday 3-5pm; ONLINE see full Bio
Ms Narguess Farzad
Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies (Education)
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 1-2pm, Friday 1-2pm

Dr Marlé Hammond
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature and Culture
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email: mh93@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 11-1 (online); Fri by appointment (on campus)
Dr Christopher Lucas
Chris Lucas

Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, Maltese linguistics, Arabic dialectology, language contact, linguistic variation, contact-induced language change, Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages, English

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4318
  • Email: cl39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 447
  • Academic Support Hours: Online by appointment

Mr Mohamed I Said
Senior Lecturer in Arabic (Education)
Mohamed I Said
Arabic language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4353
  • Email: ms15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 425
  • Academic Support Hours: Online by appointment: Monday 1-2pm; Tuesday 4-5pm
Dr Mustafa Shah
Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Staff Silhouette
The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
  • Email: ms99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434a
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 12-2


Lecturers

Dr Nada Elzeer
Lecturer in Arabic (Education)
ELZEER Nada - NME IMG 485 186 56
Arabic language and translation
  • Tel: 020 7898 4340
  • Email: ne5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 433
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Senior Lectors

Mr Ahmad Alkhashem
Senior Lector in Arabic
Ahmad Alkhashem
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4208
  • Email: aa40@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 434
  • Academic Support Hours: Arabic 4 A&B: Mon 11-12 / Arabic 5 A&B: Thu 11-12

Dr Mila Neishtadt
Senior Lector in Hebrew
NEISHTDADT Mila NME IMG 485 186 56

Semitic Languages and Linguistics, Semitic Languages in Contact, Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Aramaic Linguistics, Arabic Linguistics and Dialectology, Palestinian Arabic, Middle Eastern Traditional Agriculture, Palestinian Ethnography

  • Email: mn35@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment: Monday 1-2pm

Teaching Fellows

Dr Seyed Ali Alavi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Seyed Ali Alavi

International Politics, Middle East Politics, Central European and Caucasian Politics, Agricultural Generics and Agro-Policy, Languages


Dr Keya Anjaria
Lecturer (education) in Near and Middle East Studies
Keya Anjaria

The Novel; 20th Century Turkish Literature; Turkish Cinema; World Literature; Comparative Literature;  20th Century Literary Criticism; Modernity and Modernization in late 19th and 20th Century Turkey.

  • Tel: (020 7898) 4587
  • Email: ka13@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 412
  • Academic Support Hours: Thu 1.20-2.20; Fri 11-12.20 APPOINTMENT - VIEW BIO

Dr Nancy Hawker
Senior Teaching Fellow
HAWKER Nancy NME IMG 485 186 56

Sociolinguistics, modern history, political theory, consumerism, human rights, Palestine, Israel

  • Email: nh57@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 415
  • Academic Support Hours: SEE FULL PROFILE/BIO

Mr Wael Odeh
Senior Lector in Arabic
Wael Odeh
  • Email: wo4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 372
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment only (face-to-face or online)

Visiting Professors


Visiting Language Teacher

Professor Bruce Ingham
Professorial Research Associate
Bruce Ingham

General descriptive linguistics, Arabic, Persian, North American Indian languages, dialects and oral literature of the Arabian Peninsula - in particular the dialects of the Arabian bedouin, covering the dialects of the Al Dhafir, Mutair, Al Murrah and Rwalah tribes; Lakota (Siouan), Cree (Algonquian)


Professor Stefan Sperl
Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Professorial Research Associate
Sperl Stefan

Arabic Literature Classical and Modern; Comparative Literature; Qur’an and Hadith Studies; Islamic Art; Sufism and Neoplatonism; Refugee and Exile Studies

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4338
  • Email: ss6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 433
  • Academic Support Hours: On Sabbatical until September 2018

Research Associates


Dr Karima Laachir
Research Associate
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave


Research Fellows

Itzea Goikolea-Amiano
Goikolea-Amiano Itzea - CCLPS IMG - 485 186 56

Gender Studies and Feminist Epistemology, Islam and Islamophobia, Spanish Colonialism in Morocco, and the History (Herstory), Culture, Literature and Politics of Colonial Morocco.

Dr Moriel Ram
Ram Moriel - CJS IMG 485 186 56

Israeli-Palestinian conflict, geopolitics and material culture

  • Email: mr45@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10am - 11am

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Academic Staff

Mr Naresh Sharma
Senior Lecturer in Urdu and Hindi
Naresh Sharma
Urdu and Hindi language
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4296
  • Email: ns19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3-4pm, Thursday 3-4pm

Teaching Fellows


Dr David Lunn
Research Associate and Senior Teaching Fellow
David Lunn

19th- and 20th-century Hindi and Urdu literature; cinema; music; journalism; north Indian literary history; intellectual history; literary translation; literary and cultural history of Southeast Asia; Malay; comparative literature; postcolonial studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: dl24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10.30–12.00, or by appointment

Research Associates


Dr Jason Birch
Research Associate
Birch Jason - SAS IMG 240 186 56

Indian history; religions; Sanskrit; yoga; Śaivism; āyurveda; textual criticism; codicology



Dr Csaba Kiss
Kiss Csaba - SA IMG - 485 186 56

History of Indian religions; Śaivism; mediaeval history of yoga; castes; Indian poetry; Indian inscriptions


Dr William Radice
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Bengali language and literature; Tagore; Michael Madhusudan Dutt; 19th century Bengal; literary translation; poetry in Bangladesh.

Dr Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Research Associate
Renate Sohnen Thieme
Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan

Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson
Research Associate
Hanne-Ruth Thompson

Structural and descriptive linguistics, syntax, semantics, Bengali grammar and lexicography, philosophy of language


Emeritus Professors

Professor Rachel Dwyer
Professor Emerita of Indian Cultures and Cinema
Rachel Dwyer

Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay


Professor Christopher Shackle
Emeritus Professor of the Modern Languages of South Asia
Staff Silhouette

Punjabi and Urdu languages and literatures; regional languages of Pakistan and North-West India; Sufism and Islam in South Asia; Sikhism and its scriptures; comparative literature of the Islamic world.


South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Professor Rachel V Harrison
Professor of Thai Cultural Studies / Editor of South East Asia Research
Rachel Harrison 2018
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online
Dr Dana Healy
Senior Lecturer in Vietnamese
Dana Healy
Modern Vietnamese cultural studies (literature, film, gender); Vietnamese social and cultural history (the Vietnam War; art and politics); the sociology of contemporary Vietnamese literature; the Vietnamese diaspora
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4252
  • Email: dh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 465
  • Academic Support Hours: SEE FULL BIO

Dr Mulaika Hijjas
Senior Lecturer in South East Asian Studies
Mulaika Hijjas

The Malay manuscript tradition; Islam in South East Asia; gender in the Malay world; modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4253
  • Email: mh86@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 454
  • Academic Support Hours: SEE FULL BIO

Dr Ben Murtagh
Reader in Indonesian and Malay
Ben Murtagh
Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 3-4 (on campus); Friday 11-12 (online)
Professor Justin Watkins
Professor of Burmese
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until Feb 2022; online by appointment

Teaching Fellows

Dr Cristina Martinez-Juan
Research Fellow in Philippine Studies
Cristina Juan

Philippine Post-colonial and Comparative Literature Studies; British Occupation of Manila; Philippine languages and linguistics; Ethnography of Communication; Writing systems; Southeast Asian Studies; Gender and Migration..

  • Tel: 020 7898 4062
  • Email: cj14@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 450
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 1-2pm or by appointment

Mrs Tha Zin
Teaching Fellow in Burmese
Staff Silhouette
  • Email: zt3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 374
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday and Thursday 8:30am to 6:00pm

Research Associates



Emeritus Professors

Professor Vladimir I Braginsky
Emeritus Professor; Professorial Research Associate
Vladimir Braginski
Malay and Indonesian classical and modern literature and culture; Islam in the Malay-Indonesian world; Islamic literature of South East Asia; comparative study of South East Asian literatures; Malay philology and traditional literature sufism in Malay literature
Professor E Ulrich Kratz
Emeritus Professor; Professorial Research Associate
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Traditional Malay philology; the contemporary literatures, cultures and societies of the Malay-speaking world; Malay society; Malay culture; Malay history; Malay politics; Malay religion