SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Research Students (MPhil, PhD) in the Music Department

Tom Peterson
Tom Peterson

Archives of Sri Lanka's Vocal Arts: The Lyrical Genres of the Nevill Collection as Refractions of Sri Lanka, Past and Present

PhD Theses Completed since 2007


  • William Hofmann
    Singing Sufis in Text: Indo-Persian Music and Sufi Poetics ca. 1250 – 1600
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess

  • Cholong Sung
    The Music and Culture of the Korean Diaspora in London
    Supervisor: Keith Howard


  • Lorenzo Chiarofonte
    Supervisor: Nick Gray

  • Rosalind Hawley
    Musicians in Hospital, a reflexive study
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Saeid Kordmafi
    Rhythmic Organization in the Classical Music of the Arab Mashriq
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Christian Poske (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with British Library)
    Continuity and Change: A Restudy of Arnold Adriaan Bake’s Research on the Devotional and Folk Music and Dance of Bengal 1925-1956
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess


  • Fu Xuejiao
    Women and Western Art Music in Shanghai
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Rasika Ajotikar (Felix Scholarship)
    Music and the politics of caste and gender: women’s voices of liberation in Western India
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess


  • Mu Qian
    The Ashiq of Khotan
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris


  • Morgan Davies
    Musical Knowledge of the Langas and Manganiyars
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess


  • Cloris Lim
    Nanyin Musical Culture in Southern Fujian, China: Adaptation and Continuity
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris


  • Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh (AHRC)
    Analysing thumri
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess

  • Min Yen Ong
    Kunqu in 21st Century China - Musical Change and Amateur Practices
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris


  • Jung Rock
    Seo Ancient Korean and Japanese Court Dance: Historical Relationship and Transmission: Case of Ch'oyongmu and Nasori
    Supervisor: Keith Howard/Richard Widdess

  • Jyotsna Joanne Latrobe
    Red Earth Song: Marai Kirtan of Rarh: Devotional singing and the performance of ecstacy in the Purulia District, Bengal, India
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess

  • William Sumits
    The evolution of the maqam tradition in Central Asia: from the theory of 12 maqam to the practice of shashmaqam
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Sun Zhuo
    The Chinese Zheng Zither: 20th - 21st Century Transformations, 2010
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris


  • David Kane (AHRC)
    Spreading the Word through Song: Music and Islamisation in Bengal
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess

  • Nicoletta Demetriou
    The Fones Discourse: Ideology and Practice in Greek Cypriot Folk Music
    Supervisor: Richard Widdess

  • Shzr Ee Tan
    Ecosystems of Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Sheng-Shih Chi
    The Role of Popular Music in the Negotiation of Taiwanese Identity
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

Recently Awarded PhDs

  • Philip Alexander
    Sounding Jewish in Berlin: Klezmer Musical Practice, Historical Memory and the Contemporary City
    Supervisor: Ilana Webster-Kogen

  • Ruard W. Absaroka
    Hidden Musicians and Public Musicking in Shanghai
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Deirdre A. Morgan
    Speaking in Tongues: Music, Identity, and Representation in Jew's Harp Communities
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Gavin Walker
    Communicating Crisis: Musical Effervescence in South African HIV/AIDS Interventions

  • Nan Ma
    A Case Study of Chinese (Mainland China) Music Industries' Revenue Protection within The Digital Environment
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Violeta Ruano-Posada
    "Sahara Ma Timbah" ("The Sahara Is Not for Sale") Music, Resistance, and Exile in Saharawi Culture
    Supervisor: Lucy Durán

  • Cassandre Balosso-Bardin
    The Mallorcan Bagpipes (Xeremies): An Anthropological Portrait of an Instrument
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Great Lekakul
    Prachan: Music, Competition, and Conceptual Fighting in Thai Culture
    Supervisor: Nick Gray

  • Manuel Jimenez
    Bamboo Power: Performance in Gamelan Jegog and comparisons with UK gamelan performance
    Supervisor: Nick Gray

  • Joseph Browning
    Cosmopolitan Natures: Music, Materiality and Place in the Global Shakuhachi Scene
    Supervisor: Angela Impey

  • Flora Henderson
    Contemporary composition for shakuhachi and western instruments: timbral gesturality in the analysis of cross-cultural music
    Supervisor: Nick Gray

  • Hyun Seok Kwon
    Cultural Globalization and the Korean Promotion Policy for Music Based on Tradition: A Study of the Activation Plan and Its Background
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Hyelim Kim
    Winds of Change: Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegum Flute Performance
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Jutamas Poprasit
    The role of music in Thai funeral rituals in contemporary Bangkok: its history, performance and transmission
    Supervisor: David Hughes

  • Kiku Day
    Remembrance of Things Past: The Archaic Shakuhachi in Contemporary Contexts
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Saida Daukeyeva
    Dombra Performance, Meaning and Memory among Mongolian Kazakhs
    Supervisor: Owen Wright

  • Sara McGuinness
    Grupo Lokito: A practice-based investigation into contemporary links between Congolese and Cuban popular music
    Supervisor: Angela Impey

  • Christian Mau
    Situating the Myoan Kyokai: A Study of Suizen and the Fuke Shakuhachi
    Supervisor: David Hughes

  • Moshe Morad
    Music as a ‘Space’ of Identity, Interaction and Escapism, among Gay Men in Special-period Havana
    Supervisor: Lucy Durán

  • Sung-Hee Park
    Patronage and Creativity in Seoul: The Late 18th to late 19th Century Urban Middle Class and Its Vocal Music
    Supervisor: Rachel Harris

  • Jutamas Poprasit
    The role of music in the Thai funeral ritual in contemporary Bangkok: its history, performance and transmission
    Supervisor: David Hughes

  • Sabina Rakcheyeva
    Music as Cultural Diplomacy: A Personal Journey Using Improvisation as a Creative Tool
    Supervisor: Keith Howard

  • Ilana Webster-Kogen
    The Azmari Paradox: Ethnicity, Identity, and Migration in Ethiopian-Israeli Music
    Supervisor: Abigail Wood

  • Anna Yates-Lu
    P'ansori Today: Reconciling Tradition and Creativity in Modern Society
    Supervisor: Keith Howard