SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS Members

Co-Chair, Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Dr Adam Hanieh

Co-Chair, Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Dr Paolo Novak

Deputy Chair, Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Dr Tania Kaiser

Research/Administrative Assistant

Dr Carrie Benjamin

Adam Hanieh
Co-Chair
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
  • Email: ah92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4419
  • Office Hours: Mon. 3 - 5
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3 (2017/18)
Paolo Novak
Co-Chair
Paolo Novak

Trans-nationality with particular reference to migration; refugee regime; borders and NGOs.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4214
  • Email: pn4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 368
  • Office Hours: Mon. 3 - 5 (Term 1 & 2); By appointment (Term 3)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2017/18)

Tania Kaiser
Deputy Chair
Tania Kaiser

East Africa, particularly Uganda and Sudan, West Africa; conflict and development; forced migration; refugees; humanitarian interventions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4484
  • Email: tk51@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 290
  • Office Hours: https://10to8.com/book/vprerq-free/
Fiona Adamson
Member
Fiona Adamson

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4683
  • Email: fa33@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 212
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 & 2 2016/17

Nadje Al-Ali
Member
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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4547
  • Email: na@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452A
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11-12 and Wednesdays 4-5pm
Mashood Baderin
Member
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
  • Email: mb78@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S135
  • Office Hours: Monday 17.30 - 18.30 & Wednesday 11.30 - 12.30

Jing Bian
Member
Staff Silhouette

Financial Regulation, International Economic Law, Chinese Law, Corporate Governance, Cross-border Mergers and Aquisitions


Vladimir I Braginsky
Member
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
Crispin Branfoot
Member
Crispin Branfoot
Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.

Gabriele vom Bruck
Member
Gabriele Vom Bruck

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13.00-15.00
John R Campbell
Member
John Campbell

His research interests include: East and Northeastern Africa; development, urbanisation, civil society, and ethnicity and nationalism.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4412
  • Email: jc58@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 580
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10.00-12.00 (Term 2 Only)
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - Term 1

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
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11-1
Anna Contadini
Member
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
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B306
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Christopher Cramer
Chris Cramer
Africa: economics of Africa, political economy of development, political economy of war and peace in southern Africa, and the economics of cashew production, processing and trade
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4492
  • Email: cc10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 288
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11-1
Bhavna Davé
Member
Bhavna Dave

Kazakhstan: politics of language, ethnicity and nationalism in post-Soviet countries

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email: bd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 224
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Christopher Davis
Member
Christopher Davis

Medical anthropology, interpretive anthropology, ethnographic writing, philosophical anthropology; Central Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4418
  • Email: cd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 572
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays (By Appointment), Thursdays 15:00-16:30

Catriona Drew
Member
Staff Silhouette

Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
  • Email: cd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S332
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 17.15 - 18.45 (Term 1)
Lindiwe Dovey
Member
Dovey, Lindiwe - SOA IMG

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment

Lucy Durán
Member
Lucy Durán
Music in the Mande world; Music of Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau; gender and music in West Africa; popular musics of Atlantic Africa; childhood music learning in West Africa; Cuban music, especially son and rumba; radio as a medium; and the world music industry.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4374
  • Email: ld@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 596
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5pm
Rachel Dwyer
Member
Rachel Dwyer
Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay; Gujarati language and literature; Gujarati diaspora esp UK and East Africa; comparative Indian literature.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: rd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Office Hours: Please e-mail for an appointment

Kai Easton
Member
Kai Easton

Colonial and postcolonial studies, especially South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the culture of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; theories of fiction and history.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4373
  • Email: ke@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 394
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment
Gabriella Elgenius
Member
Gabriella Elgenius

Specialisation: Diaspora communities in Britain, nationalism and national identities in Europe and Qualitative Methods


Rossella Ferrari
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Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
  • Email: rf24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 399a
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2017/18
Ben Fine
Ben Fine

Southern Africa: the mineral-energy complex in South Africa; the political economy of consumption, particularly food; privatisation and industrial policy; political economy, history of economic thought and economic theory; economics imperialism especially social capital.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4527
  • Email: bf@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 278
  • Office Hours: Thursdays: 12:00 to 13:00

Chege Githiora
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.
Paul Gifford
Paul Gifford
Christianity; recent developments in African Christianity; the socio-political role of religion in Africa Socio-political role of Christianity in Africa; Africa's new charismatic churches

Jonathan Goodhand
Jonathan Goodhand
South and Central Asia; complex political emergencies, humanitarian aid; NGO capacity building, aid, conflict and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4483
  • Email: jg27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 258
  • Office Hours: jonathangoodhand.youcanbook.me
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2017/18)
Charles Gore
Member
Charlie Gore
Modern and contemporary arts of Africa, including its histories of photography; visual and material cultures of West Africa, and their linkages to diasporic arts past and present; the arts of the Benin kingdom, masquerade, textiles and other art forms in southern Nigeria, as well as a particular focus on contemporary arts in Nigeria.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4443
  • Email: cg2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B305
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3.30pm

Ben Groom
Ben Groom

Ben is an Associate Professor in Environment and Development Economics at the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science. He obtained a PhD in Economics from University College London in 2005. His research includes social discounting for long-term public projects, the economics of water resources and the economics of agriculture and food security. He has served as a Consultant for numerous international organisations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has also advised governments in the UK, USA, Norway, China, Namibia and Pakistan on various aspects of environmental policy.

Laura Hammond
Laura Hammond

Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4654
  • Email: lh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 371
  • Office Hours: Monday 12-2.
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2017/18)

Jane Harrigan
Member
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.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4537
  • Email: jh66@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 281
  • Office Hours: Mondays from 15:00 to 16:00
Rachel Harris
Member
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual; music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-1

Catherine Hezser
Member, Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies
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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4633
  • Email: ch12@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 335
  • Office Hours: Tues 11-12 & Thurs 11-12 & by email appointment
Almut Hintze
Member
Almut Hintze

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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4598
  • Email: ah69@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 334
  • Office Hours: Office hours: by appointment

Keith Howard
Keith Howard
Ethnomusicology; anthropology; Korean music; music traditions in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Thailand, and Siberia; studies of religion; composition; education; shamanism; early keyboard instruments, players and restorers
Bruce Ingham
Member
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)


Laleh Khalili
Member
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
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10.30am - 12.30pm; Thursdays 10am - 11 am
Karima Laachir
Member
Karima Laachir

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Office Hours: On Research Leave in 2017/18

Kevin Latham
Member
Kevin Latham
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4423
  • Email: kl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11.30-13.00
Naomi Leite
Naomi Leite

Global interconnectivity, kinship, imaginaries of relatedness and responsibility, belonging, anthropology of travel and tourism, social identities, cultural constitution of the self, psychological anthropology, ethnographic theory and epistemology.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4407
  • Email: nl15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 590
  • On Sabbatical:On Research Leave - 2017/18

Anna Lindley
Member
Anna Lindley
Migration, livelihoods and development processes; conflict, forced displacement and refugee issues; transnationalism and remittances; migration policy; mobility, education and skills.
  • Tel: 0207 898 4690
  • Email: al29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 298
  • Office Hours: https://10to8.com/book/annalindley/
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2017/18)
Friederike Lüpke
Member
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)

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4581
  • Email: fl2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: T404
  • Office Hours: By pre-arranged appointment

Dolores P Martinez
Member
Dolores Martinez
Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions
Werner Menski
Werner Menski
Classical and modern Hindu law; Muslim Law; Laws of South Asia; Family law; Comparative law; South Asians in the UK; Immigration law; Ethnic minorities

Nima Mina
Centre Member
Staff Silhouette
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
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1-3pm
Peter Muchlinski
Member
Peter Muchlinski
The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development.

Scott Newton
Member
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
  • Email: sn21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S330
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2017/18)
Caroline Osella
Member
Caroline Osella
Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
  • Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 4427
  • Email: co6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 582
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1 and 2

John Parker
John Parker
Early modern and modern West African history, especially social and political history of Ghana
  • Tel: 020 7898 4635
  • Email: jp23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 305
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm
Parvathi Raman
Member
Parvathi Raman
The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.

Kostas Retsikas
Member
Kostas Retsikas
The anthropology of personhood, social theory and poststructuralism, religion (especially Islam), the anthropology of the gift and of Islamic economics, Indonesia and South East Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4432
  • Email: kr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 595
  • Office Hours: By Email Appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 3
Marie Rodet
Member
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4606
  • Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am - 1pm

Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Member
Elaheh Rostami-Povey

Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East, in particular gender issues in Iran. Women’s employment, feminism, war, conflict, diaspora, Iran in the Middle East.

Ruba Salih
Member
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.


Edward Simpson
Member
Edward Simpson
Ethnography of western India; social theory and the Indian Ocean; disaster and reconstruction anthropology; post-colonial rural change; infrastructure development in South Asia

Subir Sinha
Member
Subir Sinha
South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Mon. 11 - 1
Stefan Sperl
Member
Sperl Stefan

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


Kristin Surak
Member
Kristin Surak

International migration, political sociology, nationalism, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative methods.

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20-7898-4749
  • Email: kristin.surak@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 262
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3pm - 5pm
  • On Sabbatical:2017/18

Carol G. S. Tan
Member
Carol Tan

Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4630
  • Email: ct9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S131
  • Office Hours: by prior appointment
Tania Tribe
Tania Tribe
Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: tt10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm

Yair Wallach
Member
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4337
  • Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 415
  • Office Hours: TERM 1: Tue 3-4, Thu 11-12 / TERM 2: Sabbatical
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2
Ilana Webster-Kogen
Member
Ilana Webster-Kogen

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

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical terms 1 and 2

Lynn Welchman
Member
Staff Silhouette
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
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S235
  • Office Hours: Thursday 10:30 - 12:30
Amina Yaqin
Member, Centre for Migration & Diaspora Studies
Amina Yaqin
Urdu language and literature; post-colonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian literatures in English; feminism in a Third World context; gender and politics in Pakistan
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 13.20pm-14.20pm; Friday 13.30-14.30pm

Cosimo Zene
Member
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.


Post Doctoral Research Fellows


Research Associates

Ed Emery
Research Associate
Ed Emery

I specialise in the Arabic and Hebrew dance songs of al-Andalus [muwashshah and zajal] 1100-1350, and their possible overlaps into the musics of Early Europe. Migrant musics. For many years I worked as an activist around the motor industry [Ford and FIAT]. Migrant labour and new class compositions. I am a translator of the theoretical writings of the Italian revolutionary movement (A. Negri et al]. I am currently working on a major project of the musics of the Kurdish migrant communities in France and elsewhere. With a special interest in establishing Music Rooms in all places where migrants and refugees are aggregated “The Music Room Project”.