SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Mark Faulkner

STB (Louvain, Belgium), MPS (Chicago, USA), PhD (SOAS, London).
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise


Mark Faulkner
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Senior Teaching Fellow

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Mark Faulkner
Email address:
020 7898 4699
Academic Support Hours:
By Email Appointment


I arrived in SOAS in 1996 to follow a one-year taught Masters course in African religions but ended up moving into the MPhil/PhD research programme, completing my PhD in July 2000. Since then I have taught part-time in both the Africa and the Study of Religions departments.



Indigenous African Religions, Hunter-Gatherer Peoples, Catholic Missionary Activity in Africa, Religious Topography.

I have appeared on a number of BBC World Service programmes. I have also written Expert Reports for the Courts, frequently relating to the minority Swahili-speaking peoples of southern Somalia.


For help in contacting SOAS academics and advice on services to business and the community, please contact SOAS Enterprise on +44(0)20 7898 4837 or email
For all press and media enquiries please call +44 (0)20 7898 4135 or email


I worked as a Catholic missionary in East Africa for more than fifteen years. I spent two years in the midst of the Abagusii community of western Kenya before taking up residence amongst the Maasai of southern Kenya. I was part of a pioneering team on the Kenyan coast where I first encountered the Boni hunter-gatherer community who later became the subject of my PhD thesis. I subsequently taught in Jinja, Uganda, for three year, before moving to London and studies at SOAS.

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Kiswahili Kizigua