SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute


Dr Hassan Hakimian
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.

Mr Aki Elborzi
Administrative Assistant
Aki Elborzi
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4823 (SOAS China Institute)
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  • Room: S130
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues and Fri (SOAS China Institute)

Academic Members

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr Lori Allen
Lori Allen

Palestine and the Middle East; human rights; nationalism; the United Nations; investigative commissions; political epistemologies; international law;  anthropology of violence; political anthropology; historical anthropology

  • Tel: 020 7898 4491
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  • Room: 588
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-4pm and by email appointment

Dr Katharina Graf
Katerina Graf -ANT -IMG

Anthropology of food, gender, urban space, material culture, knowledge reproduction, food security, risk and uncertainty, Middle East and North Africa (especially Morocco).

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4414
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  • Room: 569
  • Academic Support Hours: Not Applicable
  • On Sabbatical:Not Applicable
Dr Gabriele vom Bruck
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
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  • Room: 585
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-5pm & by appointment

Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Professor Anna Contadini
Anna Contadini
Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4458
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  • Room: B306
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Hettie Elgood
Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
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  • Room: B310
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment
Dr Simon O'Meara
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4559
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  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 5-6pm

Professor Scott Redford
Scott Redford

Art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia, the eastern Mediterranean, and SW Asia from the 11-14th centuries with a special interest in landscape, urbanism, and ceramics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4469
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  • Room: B303
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Dr Tanja Tolar
Tanja Tolar

Art and architecture of the Islamic world; Cross-cultural dimensions of Islamic material culture; Glass and Ceramics of Islamic lands; Orientalism.

Dr Tania Tribe
Tania Tribe
Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
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  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 5-7pm (17:00-19:00)

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Dr Nora Parr
Parr Nora - NME IMG - 485 186 56

Arabic Literature, Palestine Studies, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Nation and Nationalisms, Palestinian Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Concepts in History, Trauma Studies

Department of Development Studies

Professor Gilbert Achcar
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
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  • Room: 292b
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)
Dr Adam Hanieh
Adam Hanieh

Political economy of labour migration, class and capitalism in the Middle East. With a focus on the the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Palestine, and the dynamics of regional accumulation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4784
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  • Room: 4419
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 3-5pm

Dr Thomas Marois
Thomas Marois

Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4503
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  • Room: 293
  • Academic Support Hours: Bookable online here:
Dr Veli Yadirgi
Veli Yadirgi

Political, Economic and Social History of Turkey and the Middle East with special reference to the Kurdish Question in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; Politics and Development Economics of the Countries of the Middle East; Social Change and Social Theory.

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  • Room: 289
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 12-2pm

Department of Economics

Dr Hannah Bargawi
Hannah Bargawi
Feminist Economics; Gender and Employment; Care and Social Reproduction; Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Macroeconomic Policies and Employment; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Research Methods; Qualitative Methods; Middle East; Palestine; Jordan; Egypt; East Africa; Tanzania; Uganda.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
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  • Room: 278
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Professor Jane Harrigan
Jane Harrigan
International finance for development and the economic reform programmes associated with IMF and World Bank finance to developing countries; the links between macro-economic policy and agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa; the gender dimensions of economic liberalisation and globalisation; and the political economy of economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. Cross-cutting these subject areas are two geographical areas of specialisation, namely sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana and Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Professor Massoud Karshenas
Massoud Karshenas
Middle East economics, Oil and economic development, Global poverty and growth, labour markets and structural adjustment.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4535
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  • Room: 268
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 12:00 to 14:00

School of Finance and Management

Dr Ibrahim Abosag
Ibrahim Abosag

Cross-cultural marketing, international consumer behaviour.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4223
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  • Room: 584
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 3 - 5
Professor Tony Allan
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.

Dr Senija Causevic
Senija Causevic

Critical management; critical marketing; (contested) heritage marketing, management and interpretation; experiential marketing; destination branding/marketing/representation; post-conflict cultural settings; Ottoman Empire; Balkans; India

  • Tel: 0207 898 4514
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  • Room: 542
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Professor Bassam Fattouh
Bassam Fattouh

Management in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), managerial systems and management of renewable and non-renewable resources in the Middle East (MSc), and Islamic banking and finance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4053
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  • Room: 526
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Mr Adel Hamaizia
Adel Hamaizia

Adel Hamaizia is a DPhil Candidate at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Financial and Management Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research focuses on the Political Economy of the Maghreb. His special interests are MENA-oriented and include regional integration; energy policy; economic diversification; private sector development; rentier states; state-business relations; and the development of institutions.

Dr Sahar Rad
Sahar Rad

Dr Sahar T. Rad is a development economist focusing on the political economy of international development, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a PhD in development economics from SOAS. Her areas of research and work include international trade and investment, conflict and economic development, political transition and economic transformation, political economy of institutions, and the global development architecture. Dr Rad has taught international economics, political economy and development economics at King's College London, SOAS and the University of Westminster, and has also worked as a senior economist in several international development organisations, including the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, and the African Development Bank.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4145
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  • Room: 548
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10 - 12

Centre for Gender Studies

Professor Nadje Al-Ali
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

Dr Ruba Salih
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4245
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  • Room: 471
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday: 5.00 - 6.45pm

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Professor William Gervase Clarence-Smith
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
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  • Room: 313
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11-1

Dr Ceyda Karamursel

Lecturer in the Department of History

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4602
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  • Room: 324
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm or by appointment
Dr George Lane
George Lane
Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4285
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  • Room: 303
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays &Thursdays 1.30-2.30pm or by appointment

Dr Marina Pyrovolaki
Marina Pyrovolaki

Arabic Historiography (Popular/Scholarly), Crusades, Arab-Byzantine Relations, Early Islamic History.

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  • Room: 306
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays from 5pm-6pm or by appointment

Dr Mark Weeden
Mark Weeden

Hittite, Akkadian language and literature in Syria

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4328
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  • Room: 304
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 11-12 & Wed 12-1pm. Research Leave Term 2/3

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Dr Dan Plesch
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
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  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

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

Dr Keya Anjaria
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.

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  • Room: 420
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 11:30-13:30
Dr Helen Blatherwick
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4385
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  • Academic Support Hours: TERM 1: Wednesday 3-4pm

Dr Yorgos Dedes
Yorges Dedes
Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4344
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  • Room: 424
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 3-5pm

Dr Tamar Drukker
Tamar Drukker
Modern Hebrew; medieval literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4347
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  • Room: 446
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 14:00-15:00 and by appointment
Dr Ayman El-Desouky
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4355
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  • Room: 423
  • Academic Support Hours: Back in September 2018

Dr Nada Elzeer
Staff Silhouette
Arabic language and translation
  • Tel: 020 7898 4340
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  • Room: 432
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays : 12:00 to 13:00 hours

Ms Narguess Farzad
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
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  • Room: 440
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm, Friday 1-2pm

Dr Marlé Hammond
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
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  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 2-3pm, Thursday 11am-12pm

Dr Karima Laachir
Karima Laachir

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4336
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  • Room: 365
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 12-1pm

Dr Nima Mina
Mina Nima - NME IMG 240, 186, 56
Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
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  • Room: 422
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 1-3pm

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
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
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  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2018/19
Mr Mohamed I Said
Mohamed I Said
Arabic language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4353
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  • Room: 425
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon & Wed 11am-12pm, Tue 1-2pm, Thu 10-11am

Mr Muaadh Salih
Staff Silhouette

Computer-assisted language learning; orality and oral literature of the Gulf; Arabic language pedagogy

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4354
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  • Room: 429
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 3-5pm
Dr Mustafa Shah
Staff Silhouette
The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence
  • Tel: 020 7898 4341
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  • Room: 434a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1.30 to 2.30 and Wednesdays 1-2

Dr Ayman Shihadeh
Ayman Shihadeh

Medieval Arabic Intellectual History; medieval Arabic philosophy; medieval Islamic theology, especially kalam; ethical theory; the Islamic manuscript tradition.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4343
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  • Room: 320
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday, 3.00-4.00, or by appointment

Professor Stefan Sperl
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
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  • Room: 433
  • Academic Support Hours: On Sabbatical until September 2018

Dr Yair Wallach
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4337
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  • Room: 415
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm, Thursday 4-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2

School of Law

Professor Mashood Baderin
Professor Mashood Baderin

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States. Appointed as Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session on 23rd March 2012.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4715
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  • Room: S135
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 13:30 - 15:30
Dr Brenna Bhandar
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4540
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  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment (please contact via email)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2018/19)

Mr Ian D Edge
Ian Edge
Middle East laws particularly the civil and commercial law of Egypt ,Saudi Arabia and the Gulf; Islamic  law and particularly the law of succession, wealth planning and Islamic Finance; International Commercial Arbitration; Conflict of laws and Contract
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4665
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  • Room: S342
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30
Dr Jonathan Ercanbrack
Jonathan Ercanbrack

Specialisms: Financial laws of Arab State Jurisdictions; Islamic financial law; contract law; technology, law and Gulf State Jurisdictions

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4095
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  • Room: ​ S230
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2018/19)

Mr Nicholas H D Foster
Nick Foster
Comparative commercial and comparative corporate law, with special reference to Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East, in particular the UAE; Islamic Finance.
Dr Vanja Hamzić
Vanja Hamzić

Law and Society of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and West Africa (esp. Senegal); Islamic Law; Legal and Social History; Legal and Social Anthropology; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Colonialism and Slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Marxism; Critical Theory; Law of Tort; Global Law/Governance; Cold War Studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4501
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  • Room: S336
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 15:30-17:30

Professor Martin W Lau
Martin Lau
Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4935
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  • Room: S337
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 11.30–12.30 & Thursday 14.30–15.30
Dr Makeen F Makeen
Makeen Makeen
Intellectual property (particularly comparative copyright law); information technology law;  contract law; commercial law in the Middle East
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4502
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  • Room: S234
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 12:30 - 14:30

Mr Scott Newton
Scott Newton

Post-Soviet law and legal/institutional reform in Central Asia and CIS; law and development (markets and globalisation in developing and transitional states); law, governance and post-conflict reconstruction; human rights.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4658
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  • Room: S330
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 11:00 - 13:00
Dr Nimer Sultany
Nimer Sultany

Public Law; Legal and Political Theory; Comparative Constitutionalism; Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4729
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  • Room: S228
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 10.00 – 12.00

Professor Lynn Welchman
Lynn Welchmann
Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
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  • Room: S235
  • Academic Support Hours: Please see profile for details

Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East

Professor Iain Scobbie
Iain Scobbie

Public international law, especially its relation to the Israel/Palestine situation; theory of international law; international humanitarian law; the law and practice of the International Court of Justice

Library and Information Services (LIS)

Mr Burzine K Waghmar
Member, London Middle East Institute
Staff Silhouette

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).

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Professor Peter Austin
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

Dr Monik Charette
Monik Charette

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4647
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  • Room: 369
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 11:30-12:30, Friday 13:45-14:45

Professor Bruce Ingham
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)

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
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  • Room: 447
  • Academic Support Hours: ON LEAVE AND AWAY FROM SOAS 2019/20

Dr Kirsty Rowan
Kirsty Rowan
Meroitic and Ancient Egyptian phonology, Nobiin Nubian language documentation and description, the ritual use of language in claims of possession, religion and language, iconicity, Cognitive Linguistics.
Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Language documentation, linguistic and cognitive diversity, multimodality with a focus on manual gesture, visual mode of language, language use and language documentation, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, the role of video in language documentation.

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Dr Dina Matar
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, international political communication; media and conflict; critical global media studies; activism and media; social movements; memory studies and oral history; diasporas and ethnic minorities.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
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  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Department of Music

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; Music in Israel/Palestine; Biblical cantillation; migration and nationalism; music and gender

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
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  • Room: 503
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5 (15:00-17:00)

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl
Reem Abou el Fadl

Nationalism in the Middle East; Foreign Policy Making in the Middle East; Egyptian Politics and History; Turkish Politics and History; Arab-Israeli Conflict

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4713
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  • Room: 4410
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2, 2018/19
Dr Fiona Adamson
Fiona Adamson

International Relations Theory; International Security; Migration and Diaspora Mobilization; Globalisation and Global Governance; Transnational Identity Movements

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4683
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  • Room: 212
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Professor Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human security; art, poetry, emotions as languages for global peace; political/social psychology; the global politics of power and resistance; global thought and comparative philosophies; Iran, East-West relations, West Asia and North Africa.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4747
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  • Room: 214
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2018/19
Dr Seyed Ali Alavi
Seyed Ali Alavi

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

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  • Room: Room 214
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 2-3pm & Fridays, 1-2pm

Dr Bhavna Davé
Bhavna Dave

Geopolitics of Eurasia, Labour migration regulatory regimes in Russia and Kazakhstan, China's Belt and Road Initiative and effects on Central Asia, Politics in Central Asia, Development strategies in the Russian Far East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
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  • Room: 224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Professor Salwa Ismail
Salwa Ismail

Urban politics and state-society relations in the Middle East; the study of Islamism; Islamist movements; modern Arab and Islamic political thought; political ethnography.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4740
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  • Room: 204
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-4pm; Tuesdays 3-4pm
Professor Laleh Khalili
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, refugees and humanitarian regimes, the politics of logistics and transport, Middle East, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
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  • Room: 210
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 3: Tuesdays, 11am - 3pm

Dr Hagar Kotef
Hagar Kotef

Political Theory; postcolonial, feminist, and critical theory; political violence; liberal thought; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; movement and mobility; the formation of political identities.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4652
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  • Room: 254
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00PM
Dr Mark Laffey
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
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  • Room: 225
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00PM

Dr Matthew J Nelson
Matthew Nelson
Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Thought, South Asia, Islam, non-elite politics, democracy.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4742
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  • Room: 218
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 3 - 5.00 PM
Dr Kerem Nisancioglu
Kerem Nisancioglu

Eurocentrism; international historical sociology; World History; historical materialism; postcolonialism; critical race theory; the Ottoman Empire; Turkey; the Middle East

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4728
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  • Room: 252
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 & 3, 2018/19

Dr Moriel Ram
Ram Moriel - CJS IMG 485 186 56

Israeli-Palestinian conflict, geopolitics and material culture

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  • Room: 221
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10am - 11am
Dr Dara Salam
Dara Salam

Political Theory, Comparative political thought, Middle East politics, Religion and secularism

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  • Room: 299a
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 11.00am - 12.00pm

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4758
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  • Room: 213
  • On Sabbatical:2018/19

Dr Elian Weizman
Elian Weizman

Settler colonialism; Zionism; resistance; hegemony; law in society; Israeli state and society; Palestine; anticolonial solidarity; knowledge production in/on (settler) colonial contexts.

  • Email:
  • Room: 4414
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 12.00 - 2.00 PM
Dr Rafeef Ziadah
Rafeef Ziadah

War and humanitarianism, racism and the security state, political economy and state formation in the Middle East, military and humanitarian logistics, Gulf Cooperation Council, Israel/Palestine.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4359
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  • Room: 211
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Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Professor Catherine Hezser
Catherine Hezser

Judaism in Hellenistic and Roman times; rabbinic literature; social history of Jews in late antiquity; American Jewish history and literature, Jewish identity, gender studies

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Professor Almut Hintze
Almut Hintze

Professor Hintze takes an interest in all aspects of Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran.

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Dr Erica Hunter
Erica Hunter

Eastern Christianity; Syriac Christianity in the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq; Syriac Christianity in medieval Central Asia and China

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  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical 2018-19

Dr Sarah Stewart
Sarah Stewart

Lecturer in Zoroastrianism, with particular reference to the living tradition in Iran and India.

Professor Cosimo Zene
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia, world philosophies.

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Visiting Scholars

Dr Jianwei Han
Visiting Scholar
Jianwei Han

Dr Jianwei Han is a Visiting Scholar at SOAS University of London. She is an Associate Professor and also the Director of the Iranian programmme of the Middle East Studies Institute, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU, China). Before joining SISU in 2017, she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at West Asia and Africa Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She got her PhD at the Middle East Studies Institute, Northwest University (China), her MA at Nankai University (China), and her BA at Qufu Normal University (China). Her main research interests are related to Iranian issues. In the past, she mainly studied on Iranian economic and social issues (e.g. women and youth) since the Islamic Revolution. Her current study is related to the Rouhani government’s foreign policy and the Gulf peace process. Her first book will be published in 2019, under the title Iranian Economic Modernization Process since Islamic Revolution

Research Associates

Dr Alanoud Al-Sharekh
Research Associate
Alanoud Al-Sharekh

Dr Al-Sharekh conducts research on socio-political, cultural and security issues in the Arabian Gulf, and is a board member of several academic and non-governmental organisations, as well as directing the Abolish153 campaign to end honour killing legislation in Kuwait and the GCC, and the ‘Friends who Care’ project for young girls (under 21) at risk within Kuwait’s social care system.

She has been Consultant Researcher on gender and citizenship at the Supreme Council for Development and Planning in Kuwait, Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Senior Political Analyst at the Kuwait National Security Bureau and a gender politics consultant for UNIFEM, Freedom House and the UNDP on academic and social outreach projects in Kuwait and the GCC.

She holds a BA from King’s College, London and a Master’s and PhD from the SOAS, University of London. Her teaching posts include Kuwait University, Gulf University of Science and Technology, the Arab Open University, visiting lecturer at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Fulbright Scholar on Women and Islam at Whittier College, USA. She has published several books and articles on gender and kinship policies in the GCC, including The Gulf Family, and Popular and Political Cultures of the GCC, examining the persistent importance of family and tribe in modern Gulf politics and society. Her work won the Arab Prize for best publication in a foreign journal for 2013-2014, and the Voices of Success Kuwait Award in 2012.

Dr George Joffé
Research Associate
George Joffé

George Joffé teaches at the University of Cambridge on the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa and on political theory and North Africa at King's College, London. Dr Joffé has been engaged in research and teaching on these regions since 1978 and has published widely on them in academic journals and books as well as editing six books on these and similar subjects. He provides briefings on states in the region for the LMEI and is a member of the Editorial Board of the LMEI’s The Middle East in London magazine. He was formerly deputy-director and acting-director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Ms Helen Lackner
Research Associate
Helen Lackner

Helen Lackner worked as a consultant in social aspects of rural development for four decades in over thirty countries, mostly in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. She has been involved in Yemen since the early 1970s where she lived in all three Yemeni states for over 15 years. She now focuses on analysis and writing, trying to promote commitment to equitable development and peace in Yemen. Her most recent publications include Yemen’s Peaceful Transition from Autocracy: could it have succeeded? (International IDEA 2016) and Understanding the Yemeni Crisis: the transformation of tribal roles in recent decades (Durham, Luce Fellowship Paper 17, 2016). Her latest book is Yemen in Crisis: autocracy, neo-liberalism and the disintegration of a state (Saqi, 2017).

Professor Valentine M. Moghadam
Professorial Research Associate
Valentine M. Moghadam

Valentine M. Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, and the former Director of the International Affairs Program (Jan. 2012-July 2017). She also led the minor and concentration in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies (2012-2018) and is a co-founder of the Gender and Development Initiative at Northeastern University. Professor Moghadam’s professional career has included two periods as a UN staff member (with UNU/WIDER in Helsinki, Finland, March 1990-December 1995; and with UNESCO in Paris, May 2004 – December 2006), where she ran programs on women and development. Her areas of specialisation are gender and development, the sociology and politics of gender, globalisation and transnational social movements, feminist movements and networks, and the sociology and political economy of the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr Jim Muir
Research Associate
Jim Muir

Jim Muir is a journalist who has lived and worked in the Middle East since 1975. After taking his degree in Arabic at Cambridge, he had an early association with many SOAS academics in the early 1970s, when he worked in book publishing in London before moving to Beirut. There he covered the 1975-1990 civil war from its inception, writing and broadcasting for a wide range of outlets including the BBC, NPR, the Sunday Times, Middle East Economic Survey and Middle East International. He lived in Cairo for four years as BBC Middle East Correspondent, followed by five years in Tehran as Iran Correspondent. From 2005, when he rebased to Beirut, most of his work was in Iraq until the outbreak of the Arab uprisings, which saw his attention shift to Egypt and Syria in particular. His special interests have included the Kurds and the rise of Islamist radicalism.

Dr Corinna Mullin
Research Associate
Corinna Mullin

Dr Corinna Mullin has been based for the past five years at the University of Tunis, as a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Politics. In the fall of 2017, she will be joining the Political Science Department at John Jay College, The City University of New York.  Her research interests include genealogies and political economy of “national security”, anti-/post-/de-colonial theories and struggles, empire, knowledge production, and critical race theory, with a focus on North Africa and West Asia. Prior to moving to Tunisia, Dr. Mullin was a lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at SOAS. She is a Research Associate at the LMEI, where she has taught the Government and Politics of the Middle East summer course for the past five years.

Dr Sharri Plonski
Research Associate
Sharri Plonski

Dr Sharri Plonski is a part-time lecturer and researcher at SOAS, University of London. Her research sits at the nexus of critical political geography, border spaces and community struggles in Israel/Palestine, with her current projects range from investigations into the ontology of global transport corridors, political settlements in borderland contexts and (settler) colonial relations in the Middle East. Dr Plonski’s first book will be published in 2017 as part of the new SOAS Palestine Studies Book Series with I.B. Tauris, under the title Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space.

Dr Hamid Pouran
Research Associate
Hamid Pouran

Before joining the LMEI as a research associate, Hamid Pouran was Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow in Iran’s Environmental Sustainability at the LMEI's Centre for Iranian Studies and senior research associate at Lancaster University. He was part of the Transatlantic Initiative for Nanotechnology and the Environment (TINE), an international scientific consortium of UK and US universities to better understand fate and behavior of nanomaterials in the environment.

Dr Pouran was the convener of SOAS Centenary Conference, Environmental Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. He was also scientific consultant for a BBC World documentary called Dust Storms. This documentary had major inputs from NASA, USGS and UNEP. He was also guest visiting scholar at Princeton University in 2017.

Professor Tom Selwyn
Professorial Research Associate
Tom Selwyn

Tom Selwyn is a Professorial Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the London Middle East Institute. He was awarded an Emeritus Professorial Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Foundation in 2014. He is widely published in the field of the anthropology of tourism/pilgrimage with regional interests in Palestine/Israel and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He directed/co-directed four major research and development projects in Palestine and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the European Commission between 1995-2005; founded the MA in the Anthropology of Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage at SOAS in 2010; and was awarded the Lucy Mair medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009. Recent publications include 'The Future of Palestinian Tourism' in Isaac,R., CM Hall, F. Higgins-Desbiolles (eds), 2016, Power and Politics of Tourism in Palestine, London, Routledge; 'Tourism and Sight Prevention' in Andrews, H.(ed) 2016, Tourism and Violence, London, Routledge; 'The Rise and Fall of Orientalism in Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage: Report from Palestine/Israel', Tourism, Culture, and Communication, 17, 2017.

Professor John Waterbury
Professorial Research Associate
John Waterbury

John Waterbury became the 14th President of the American University of Beirut in January 1998 and retired from the presidency in July 2008. Before joining AUB, Dr Waterbury was, for twenty years, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr Waterbury has published widely on the political economy of the MENA region, most recently in The Political Economy of the Middle East, co-authored with Alan Richards. He has also focused since the 1970s on issues of transboundary water resources and the collective action problems that they entail. In 1979 Syracuse University Press published his The Hydropolitics of the Nile Valley, and in 2003 Yale University Press published the sequel, The Nile Basin: National Determinants of Collective Action.

Dr Sami Zubaida
Professorial Research Associate
Sami Zubaida

Sami Zubaida is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London and has held visiting positions in Cairo, Istanbul, Beirut, Aix-en-Provence, Berkeley CA, Paris and New York.  His research interests include Middle East Politics, Religion and Law, Nationalism, Food and Culture. Professor Zubaida is a regular contributor to the LMEI’s The Middle East in London magazine and has published extensively on the Middle East, most recently an article in openDemocracy on Islam and Reform.  He is also a Professorial Research Associate of the Food Studies Centre, SOAS and has published widely on food and culinary cultures including 'Drink, meals and social boundaries', in Jakob A. Klein and Anne Murcott (eds), Food Consumption in Global Perspective: Essays in the Anthropology of Food in Honour of Jack Goody (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (ed. with Richard Tapper, Tauris Parke, 2001).