SOAS University of London

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

Lesley Pullen

PhD (SOAS); Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art (SOAS); MA (SOAS)
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Lesley Pullen
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC)


Dr Lesley Pullen
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Lesley Pullen completed her part-time Taught Masters in 2007/8 at SOAS submitting her dissertation on the ‘Kain Bebali of East Bali’. Lesley commenced her part-time PhD research in 2010/11 researching the ‘Representation of Textiles on Indonesian Sculpture: 9th to 14th century’ under Professor Elizabeth Moore in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS. Since 2009 Lesley has continued to Tutor the Southeast Asian Art module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art under Course Director Dr Heather Elgood, and to tutor and lecture occasionally on Southeast Asian Art History BA and MA courses. Lesley Pullen also remains an independent scholar, lecturer and curator, travelling extensively in Asia and collecting Asian material art.


  • Associate, Threads of Life, Bali, Indonesia
  • Life Member, Asia House, London
  • Council Member, Anglo-Indonesian Society, London
  • Council Member, Oriental Rug and Textile Society, London
  • Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society, London
  • Member, Royal Geographical Society, London
  • Member, Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London
  • Member, British Malaysian Society, London
  • Member, Oxford Asian Textile Group, Oxford
  • Member, Indonesian Heritage Society, Jakarta
  • Alumna, SOAS, University of London
  • Friend of museums and institutions



  • Medieval history and trade goods within Asia.
  • Material cultures in South and Southeast Asia.
  • Hindu Buddhist sculptures of the Indic traditions.
  • Austronesian and ‘tribal’ peoples in the wider region.
  • Island Southeast Asia traditional textiles and jewellery.
  • Contemporary initiatives to preserve traditional craftsmanship.