SOAS University of London

School of Arts

School of Arts Staff

Head of the School of Arts and Head of the Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Professor Shane McCausland

Management Team

Professor Shane McCausland
Head of the School of Arts
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: 020 7898 4705
  • Email: sm80@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 10:30-12:00
Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Director of Learning and Teaching
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B403
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Mon, 3.30-5pm; Terms 2&3: Tue, 4-6pm

Dr Rachel Harris
Director of Research
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 11:30-12:30 or email for an appointment
Professor Ashley Thompson
Director of Doctoral Studies
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm (16:00-17:00)

Dr Louise Tythacott
Director of Student Support and Experience
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4159
  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B320
  • Academic Support Hours: by appointment (e-mail)
Dr Angela Impey
Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing (T1)
Angela Impey
Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 4-6pm

Professor Lucy Durán
Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing (T2)
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5pm

Administration



Centre for English Studies

Steering Committee

Dr Kai Easton
Senior Lecturer in English
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
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical Term 1 2018. Term 2 TBC.
Dr Sarah Pett
Lecturer in English
Sarah Pett

Modern and contemporary Anglophone literature, the medical humanities, and South African studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4384
  • Email: sp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 10-11, Thu 2-3 (online booking: see Biography)

Dr Amina Yaqin
Senior Lecturer in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies
Amina Yaqin
Urdu literature; Postcolonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian writing; Pakistani literature and culture; Multiculturalism; Muslim Studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-4pm

Professorial Research Associates

Professor Koo Yew Lie
Professorial Research Associate
Professor Koo Yew Lie

Applied linguistics and literacy in language education and society, The cultural politics of language, knowledge production, language and literacy education in multilingual contexts, Global English in the internationalisation of higher education countries, Higher Education in Malaysia and ASEA.


Teaching Fellows

Dr Katie Reid
Senior Teaching Fellow
Dr Katie Reid

Expertise in/Research interests include: Critical Theory, curatorial practice in the ethics and philosophies of literature, with a focus on African cultural production & literary activism; the intersect of global literary & visual cultures (inc. the graphic novel, comics, & pulp fiction); South African writer, editor and reflexive art critic Ivan Vladislavić. Founder and Editorial Director of the blog, Africa in Words.

  • Email: kr16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment – email kr16@soas.ac.uk

Research Associates

Dr María Rocío Cobo-Piñero
Research Associate
Maria Rocio Cobo-Pinero

Postcolonial Nigerian literature, contemporary African and African American women writers, black diaspora, gender and the political possibilities of music.


Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Dr Crispin Branfoot
Reader in the History of South Asian Art & Archaeology
Crispin Branfoot
Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.
Professor Anna Contadini
Professor of the History of Islamic Art
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
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Pamela Corey
Lecturer in South East Asian Art
Pamela Corey

Modern and contemporary art and critical theory; Southeast Asian art history and visual studies (expertise in Vietnam and Cambodia); urban studies; postcolonial studies; theories of subjectivity, space, diaspora, transnationalism, intermedia and aesthetics.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4452
  • Email: pc50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B318
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical 2018/2019
Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art
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
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment

Dr Charles Gore
Senior Lecturer in the History of African Art
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: B402
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-3.30pm
Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Senior Lecturer in the History of Korean Art
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B403
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Mon, 3.30-5pm; Terms 2&3: Tue, 4-6pm

Dr Jaeho Kang
Senior Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; Aesthetics; Art, Technology and Politics; Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture and Media Art in Korea; Mega-Events in the Global South

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4585
  • Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 510
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 pm & Thursdays 5-6 pm
Dr Maria Kostoglou
Lecturer in Curating and Museology
Maria Kostoglou

Curating archaeological collections; university museums and curriculum reform; heritage interpretation; artefact and material culture studies; ancient metalwork; archaeology of the 1st millennium BC eastern Mediterranean

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4406
  • Email: mk124@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B319
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 3 - Thu, 17.00-18.00 or by appointment

Dr Christian Luczanits
David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
Christian Luczanits

History of art and architecture of the Himalayan region; Buddhist art of the western Himalayas; Gandharan art; presenting and exhibiting Buddhist art; heritage, preservation and conservation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4162
  • Email: cl46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B407
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 10am-12pm
Professor Shane McCausland
Percival David Professor of the History of Art, Head of Department
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: 020 7898 4705
  • Email: sm80@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 10:30-12:00

Dr Simon O'Meara
Lecturer in the History of Architecture & Archaeology of the Islamic Middle East
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
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 5-6pm
Dr Stacey Pierson
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting; Museum Studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
  • Email: sp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B308
  • Academic Support Hours: Term1:On sabbatical;Term 2:Tues 2-4 (14:00 -16:00)

Professor Scott Redford
Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology
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
  • Email: sr63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B303
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Professor Timon Screech
Professor of the History of Art
Timon Screech
History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-3 (14:00-15:00)

Professor Ashley Thompson
Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm (16:00-17:00)
Dr Tania Tribe
Senior Lecturer in Art History
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 5-7pm (17:00-19:00)

Dr Louise Tythacott
Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4159
  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B320
  • Academic Support Hours: by appointment (e-mail)

Visiting Lecturers


Teaching Fellows/GTAs

Ms Nixi Cura
Senior Teaching Fellow
Nixi Cura

Qing art, especially during the Qianlong reign (1736-1795)

  • Email: nc43@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 2: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00; or by appointment


Dr Polly Savage
Senior Teaching Fellow
Polly Savage

Contemporary art and curatorial strategies in twentieth and twenty-first century Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean; post-independence visual arts in Angola, Madagascar and Haiti; post-colonial critique and trans-national exhibition practice.

Dr Peter D. Sharrock
Senior Teaching Fellow
Peter Sharrock
He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm

Dr Tanja Tolar
Senior Teaching Fellow
Tanja Tolar

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



Emeritus Staff

Dr Geoffrey R D King
Emeritus Reader
Geoffrey King

Islamic art and archaeology in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE and Oman; late antiquity, Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubids and Mamluks


Professor Elizabeth Moore
Emeritus Professor
Elizabeth Moore
Arts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia cultural landscape; pre- and proto-historic Myanmar, Pyu and Mon culture; visual culture, social memory and sacred landscape
Dr Youngsook Pak
Emeritus Reader
Youngsook Pak

Korean art history (from prehistory to the 20th century), Buddhist art, Confucian elite and its culture, Text and Images


Professor John Picton
Emeritus Professor & Professorial Research Associate
John Picton

The art and archaeology of Nigeria, masquerade, textile history, 20th-century transformations in the visual culture of sub-Saharan Africa



Research Associates and Visiting Scholars

Professor Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate & Senior Teaching Fellow
Gina Barnes

State formation; agricultural transition; urbanisation; landscape archaeology; geoarchaeology, tectonic archaeology; East Asian archaeology especially Japanese archaeology and prehistory/protohistory


Dr Marine Cabos
Research Associate
Marine Cabos

History of photography in China; Modern and contemporary arts of China; Founder of photographyofchina.com, platform whose goal is to present photographic material related to China.


Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Research Associate
Mehreen Chida-Razvi

History of Art & Architecture of the Muslim World, focusing on Mughal South Asia; Artistic, historic and cultural links between 17th Century Muslim South Asia and Iran, Anatolia and Europe; urbanism in Mughal South Asia.



Dr Valerie Gonzalez
Research Associate
Valerie Gonzalez

Islamic art history, aesthetics and visual culture. Phenomenology of artworks, cognitive processes, and issues of conceptualisation of visual forms in Islam. Relation between theory and practice in Islamic artistic creation.






Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Chiara Bellini
Postdoctoral Researcher in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
Chiara Bellini

History of art and Architecture of the Himalayan region.

Centre for Media and Film Studies

Members

Dr Somnath Batabyal
Member
Somnath Batabyal

South Asia with a focus on India; transnational news spheres with a special focus on India; Development discourses in India and its articulation in mainstream and alternate news forums; environmental politics.

Dr Lindiwe Dovey
Chair & Reader in Screen Arts and Industries
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for an appointment

Professor Rachel Dwyer
Member
Rachel Dwyer

Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay

  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: rd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment: Monday 3.30-5.30pm
Dr Rossella Ferrari
Member
Rossella Ferrari
Chinese-language theatres; Sinophone performance cultures, trans-Asian performance networks, Chinese-language cinemas, transnational Asian cultures, intercultural theatre, theories and practices of the avant-garde.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
  • Email: rf24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 399a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11am-12noon (book online, see biography)

Professor Andrew Gerstle
Member
Drew Gerstle
Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm / Email for an appointment

Dr Christopher Gerteis
Member
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 378
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave 2019-2024
Dr Marlé Hammond
Member
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email: mh93@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 2-3pm, Thursday 11am-12pm

Professor Rachel V Harrison
Member
Rachel Harrison 2018
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave in Term 2
Dr Stephen P Hughes
Member
Stephen Hughes
India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11.00-13.00

Dr Jaeho Kang
Member
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; Aesthetics; Art, Technology and Politics; Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture and Media Art in Korea; Mega-Events in the Global South

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4585
  • Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 510
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 pm & Thursdays 5-6 pm
Dr Griseldis Kirsch
Member
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 12noon-1pm & Fridays 11am-12noon

Dr 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.00 to 16.00
Dr Angus Lockyer
Member
Angus Lockyer
Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: al21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 318
  • Academic Support Hours: Bookable at https://goo.gl/U30hFW and by apptmt.

Dr Xiaoning Lu
Member
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4670
  • Email: xl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: Not teaching 2018/19
Dr Dina Matar
Member
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
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Dr Caspar Melville
Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4249
  • Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Academic Support Hours: by appointment (email)
Dr Ben Murtagh
Member
Ben Murtagh
Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 9-10am

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Member
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
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2018/19
Dr John Parker
Member
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm

Dr 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4606
  • Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave 2018-2019
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019
Dr Tania Tribe
Member
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 5-7pm (17:00-19:00)

Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Member
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Iranian cinema; popular cultures in the Middle East and North Africa; Third Cinema; transcultural media, especially film; film theory; visual anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Research Associates


Dr Joanna Lipper
Research Associate
Joanna Lipper

Using Film for Social Change; Transnational Feminist Filmmaking; Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria; Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigeria; Theory and Creative Practice of Making Documentary and Narrative Feature Films in Nigeria.


Dr Hyun Seon Lee
Research Associate
Dr Hyunseon Lee

Film, Media and Literature – currently focusing on Korean Film and Media: The Cold War culture, media and gender (Korea/Germany), shamanism in visual media,  Korean cinema and history


PhD representatives


Department of Music

Professor Lucy Durán
Professor of Music
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5pm
Dr Nick Gray
Senior Lecturer in the Music of South East Asia
Nick Gray

Music of South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali, especially music for the Balinese shadowplay; composition; improvisation; analysis; music and religion

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4686
  • Email: ng18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11-1pm

Dr Rachel Harris
Reader in Ethnomusicology
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 11:30-12:30 or email for an appointment
Dr Angela Impey
Reader in Ethnomusicology
Angela Impey
Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 4-6pm

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen
Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
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
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5 (15:00-17:00)
Professor Richard Widdess
Professor of Musicology
Richard Widdess
History and theory of Indian classical music; dhrupad; Newar music of Nepal; historical ethnomusicology; analysis of musical performance; cognitive approaches to music; music and meaning; music and religion
  • Tel: 020 7898 4685
  • Email: rw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 507
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 5-6 (17:00-18:00)

Dr Richard Williams
Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
Richard Williams

Music of South Asia; Hindustani classical music; historical ethnomusicology; cultural history; historical musicology and musical aesthetics; lyric, song, and musical literature; music and gender; music and religion; history of emotions


Emeritus Staff

Professor Keith Howard
Emeritus Professor of Music
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


Musical Instrument Curators


Teaching Fellows


Dr Morgan Davies
Senior Teaching Fellow
Morgan Davies

Audio/visual editing and production; ethnomusicology; music and language; music performance; music transcription and analysis; South Asian classical and folk music systems. 

Mr Kadialy Kouyate
Senior Teaching Fellow
Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate comes from a very large African musical family of dialis, who are well known in Mandinka history. Since 2005 he has been teaching the Kora to undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS.


Mr Sanju Sahai
Senior Teaching Fellow (Performance)
Sanju Sahai
Sanju Sahai represents the distinguished lineage of tabla players and teachers from Banaras. He performs internationally as a soloist and in a variety of ensembles, and has been teaching tabla at SOAS for many years.

Research Associates

Dr Rowan Pease
Staff Silhouette

Rowan Pease is the Editorial Manager for SOAS journals. She learnt Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Xiamen University, China, before undertaking postgraduate study in ethnomusicology at SOAS. She is also a senior teaching fellow in the SOAS music department.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4063
  • Email: chinaq@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 414
  • Academic Support Hours: By Email Appointment

Dr David W Hughes
Research Associate
David Hughes
Ethnomusicology; music of East Asia especially Japan; Japanese folk and theatre music; music and linguistics; Indonesian gamelan and Javanese street music
Dr Hwee-San Tan
Research Associate
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Ethnomusicology, Buddhist music in China, Taiwan, diaspora studies, intangible cultural heritage preservation, music in Singapore and Malaysia.