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Library Staff



Access & Discovery


Jiyeon Wood
Access & Discovery Team Leader and Japan & Korea Librarian
Jiyeon Wood
David Pearson
Access & Discovery Team Leader and Arts & Humanities Librarian (Anthropology & Sociology, Development Studies including CeDEP, Global and Media & Communications)
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Jotika Khur-Yearn
South East Asia & Pacific Language, Gender and Linguistics Librarian
Jotika Khur-yearn
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4173
  • Email: jk53@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Library E10
  • Academic Support Hours: Thu: Working from home

Burzine K Waghmar
South Asia & Indo-Iranian Languages, Cultural, Literary & Post Colonial Studies Librarian
Burzine Waghmar

Indo-Iranian History, Historical Geography and Philology (Avestan, Old Persian, Parthian, Pahlavi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Pashto, Balochi and Kashmiri); Languages and Religions of Late Antiquity and the Silk Road (Bactrian, Khotanese, Sogdian, contacts among Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and early Islam); Pakistan studies (Ancient and early Medieval History, Dardic and Nuristani dialectology, ethnography and topography of NWFP, FATA, Northern Areas and Trans-Karakoram Tract); Pakistani minorities; HUMINT counterterrorism and linguistic analysis; South Asian Muslim psycho-sociology; Muslim non-Muslim relations (Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh).


Farzana Whitfield
Arts & Humanities Librarian (School of Arts and School of History, Religions & Philosophies)
Farzana Whitfield
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4153
  • Email: fq@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Library E10
Bob Burns
Social Sciences Librarian (Law, Politics and International Studies)
Bob Burns

Hassan Fiaz
Social Sciences Librarian (Economics, Finance & Management including CeFiMS, CISD and IFCELS)
Hassan Fiaz


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Special Collections

Joanne Ichimura
Special Collections Archivist (CWM)
Joanne Ichimura
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4182
  • Email: ji2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Archives
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.00 to 17.00, Fri: working from home

Julie Makinson
Special Collections Archivist (SWIRE)
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  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4142
  • Email: jm64@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Archives
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed-Fri: 8.00 to 16.00

Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
Special Collections Curator (Rare Books and Manuscripts)
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4152
  • Email: da4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Archives
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.00 to 17.00, Wed: working from home

Catherine Buxton
Digitisation Leader
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  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4787
  • Email: cb94@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Archives
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8.00 to 17.00
Dr Sophie Salffner
Digital Archivist
Sophie Salffner


Sophie is a trained linguist with a background in language documentation and field research. As the Digital Archivist at the Endangered Languages Archive Sophie provides advice and training on all aspects of data management, metadata preparation and digital archiving.