SOAS University of London

Juliana Bosslet, History PhD student and Senior Teaching Fellow

7 December 2017

It is with great sadness that the School announces the sudden death of Juliana Cordeiro de Farias Bosslet, History PhD student and Senior Teaching Fellow. 

Staff and students fortunate enough to know Juliana knew an extraordinarily lovely person, a vivacious and dedicated colleague, and a gifted young scholar. She had many friends here at SOAS, and she made those friends easily during her time with us. Juliana grew up in Rio de Janeiro, and completed her undergraduate and Masters degrees there, in the course of which she began to develop her interest in the topic which would come to form the basis of her doctoral research at SOAS: the history of work and workers in Luanda, the capital city of Angola, in the period immediately before and during the period of anti-colonial struggle from the 1950s to 1975. In 2014-15 she conducted archival and oral interview research in both Angola and Portugal and at the time of her death was nearing the completion of what would have represented a significant contribution to the history of modern Angola as well as that of decolonization in the broader African continent.

A book of condolence will be available to sign from Monday 11 December in the School of History, Religions & Philosophies, Room 321.

Support is available to students through drop in sessions in Student Advice and Wellbeing. Please email for more information. Students are also welcome to contact the Students’ Union Advice and Welfare Advisor Susanna Momtazuddin on and the Research Students' Association’s President Robyn Waite on

Should staff and students wish to speak to someone in the Chaplaincy for support contact details are available on the SOAS and on University of London websites.

Our deepest condolences go out to Juliana’s friends and family.

Professor Richard Reid
Head of School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Professor Nadje Al Ali
Head of the Doctoral School