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LSE Anthropologists are passionate about teaching and strive to maintain a warm and welcoming atmosphere in our department

Academic staff

Catherine Allerton

Dr Catherine Allerton  
Eastern Indonesia, East Malaysia; place and landscape, houses, kinship and marriage, childhood and youth, migration.
+44 (0)20 7955 7212
OLD 6.13

Rita Astuti

Professor Rita Astuti
Madagascar; kinship, gender, anthropology of death, cognitive development and cultural transmission; ethnographic and experimental research methods. 
+44 (0)20 7955 7206
OLD 6.11


Dr Mukulika Banerjee
[Director, South Asia Centre]
South Asia; Pakistan and India; political anthropology; election cultures, popular perceptions and democracy; citizenship and ritual; state and civil society; anthro-political histories of South Asia; Islam and Muslim societies; fashion, public culture and modernity; contemporary identity and life 
+44 (0)20 7955 7213
OLD 5.09

Laura Bear

Professor Laura Bear
[Sabbatical leave MT 2018-LT 2019]
South Asia; anthropologies of the economy, state, time and urban/industrial enivironments.
+44 (0)20 7955 7409
OLD 6.09

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Dr Fenella Cannell
Lowland Philippines, United States; anthropology of Christianity, healing and mediumship, gender, Mormonism and kinship.


Professor Katy Gardner
[Head of Department 2015-2019]
Bangladesh; globalisation, migration, economic change.
+44 (0)20 7107 5064
OLD 5.07 

David Graeber

Professor David Graeber
Madagascar, Europe, North America; Theories of value, money, debt, politics, manners, magic, class, social movements, social theory.
+44 (0)20 7849 4637
OLD 6.10


Professor Deborah James
[Deputy Head of Department 2018-2019]
South Africa; the UK; ethnography of advice; aspiration and indebtedness; civil society, citizenship and the state; economic anthropology; ethnomusicology; land reform and property regimes; migration and ethnicity.

Insa Koch

Dr Insa Koch
UK; Europe; political and legal anthropology; political economy; citizenship; state; class;  social housing; criminal justice; welfare state; politics; social reproduction; social theory.


Nicholas Long

Dr Nick Long
Indonesia and the Malay World; political change; psychological anthropology; affect; history and memory; achievement and motivation; education; the supernatural.
+44 (0)20 7955 6757
OLD 6.14


Dr Mathijs Pelkmans
Caucasus (Republic of Georgia), Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic); anthropology of borders, political anthropology, anthropology of religion.
+44 (0)20 7955 7862
OLD 5.08


Dr Michael W. Scott
Oceania; Melanesia; anthropological approaches to questions of being (ontology); cosmology; religion; wonder; myth-making; indigenous Christianities; personhood, sociality, and relatedness; place-making; ethnogenesis.
+44 (0)20 7955 6057
OLD 6.16


Dr Alpa Shah
India and Nepal; political and economic anthropology; the state, citizenship and revolutionary struggle; indigeneity, ethnicity, caste and class; agrarian transitions and labour; inequality and poverty.
+44 (0)20 7955 7488
OLD 6.17A

Charles Stafford

Professor Charles Stafford
[Vice-Chair of Appointments Committee 2016-19]
China and Taiwan; learning, schooling and child development, cognitive anthropology, the relationship between learning and economic life.
+44 (0)20 7955 7207
OLD 6.02


Dr Hans Steinmüller
China; political and economic anthropology, moralities and ethics, irony, ritual, gambling.


Dr Harry Walker 
Amazonia, Latin America; subjectivity, shamanism, political morality, individualism, justice, happiness, the commons.
+44 (0)20 7955 7208
OLD 5.06B

Gisa Weszkalnys

Dr Gisa Weszkalnys
Ethnographic study of natural resources, specifically oil in Africa; the politics of urban planning.
+44 (0)20 7955 6242
OLD 6.08

Administrative staff

General enquiries:

Assessment enquiries (current students):

As far as possible, the administrative staff in the department operate an "open door" policy: if one of us is not here, the others will try to help.

Ms Yanina Hinrichsen
Departmental Manager
+44 (0)20 7955 7202 
OLD 6.03

Mr Eliot Hoving
Administrative Officer (Exams and Assessments)
+44 (0)20 7107 5037
OLD 6.04A 

Mr Tomas Hinrichsen
Administrator (Tuesday and Wednesday)
+44 (0)20 7955 6775
OLD 6.06A 

Ms Camilla Kennedy Harper
Administrative Officer (Quality Assurance and Year Abroad)
+44 (0)20 7107 5867
OLD 6.04A

Ms Renata Todd
Administration and Communications Officer
+44 (0)20 7852 3709
OLD 6.04A

Research and LSE Fellows


Dr Natalia Buitrón Arias [Postdoctoral research fellow]
Latin America and Amazonia: state formation at the state periphery; egalitarianism; cooperation; indigenous social movements; morality and justice; socialisation and schooling. 
+44 (0)20 7106 1300
POR 4.01


Dr Grégory Deshoulliere [Postdoctoral research fellow]
Amazonia, Ecuador, Latin America; linguistic and political anthropology; shamanism, witchcraft, sorcery; morality, justice, conflict; state, ethnicity and cultural heritage; writing, personhood and history; theories of social changes.
+44 (0) 7106 1300
POR 4.01

Augustin Diz

Dr Agustin Diz [LSE fellow]
Latin America and the Gran Chaco: political economy; labour and unemployment; welfare; surplus populations; abundance; collectivity; gender 
+44 (0)20 7955 7215
OLD 6.06

Nick Evans

Dr Nicholas Evans (LSE Fellow)
South Asia; India; Islam; leadership and hierarchy; ethics; doubt and uncertainty; anthropologies of epidemics and contagion; zoonosis; historical anthropology
+44 (0)20 7955 6306
OLD 6.09


Dr Ana Gutierrez Garza [Postdoctoral fellow]
London; Latin America; migration; labour; economic anthropology; gender; middle class. 
+44 (0)20 7955 7480
OLD 6.06A 

Luke Heslop

Dr Luke Heslop [LSE fellow]
South Asia; trade and mercantile kinship; infrastructure and connectivity; political economy
+44 (0)20 7106 1209
POR 2.02



Dr Geoffrey Hughes 
[LSE fellow]
Jordan and the Middle East: Kinship and personhood; marriage; gender; the anthropology of Islam; political economy; the state; institutions; infrastructure; science and technology studies
+44 (0)20 7955 6933
OLD 5.06A

Chloe Nahum-Claudel

Dr Chloe Nahum-Claudel 
[Leverhulme Trust early career fellow]
Amazonia (Brazil) and Melanesia (Papua New Guinea); kinship and gender relations; cosmologies of livelihood (hunting, fishing, and agriculture); culinary systems and eating; ritualization and diplomacy; eschatology and the invisible; resource exploitation and frontier relations; theories of comparison; material-semiotics. 
+44 (0)20 7955 7435


Andrea Pia

Dr Andrea Pia 
[LSE fellow - China]
China, rural sociology, water, common-pool resources, political economy, environmental justice, prefigurative politics, infrastructure.
+44 (0)20 7955 7614
KGS 3.07

Alice Tilche

Dr Alice Tilche 
[Leverhulme Early career fellow]
India; art, indigeneity, development, agrarian change, migration, social inequality.
KGS 1.06

Anna Tuckett

Dr Anna Tuckett 
[Postdoctoral fellow]
Italy, the UK, migration, documents, bureaucracy, political and legal anthropology, citizenship and the state.
+44 (0)20 7955 7480
OLD 6.06A

Jean Wencelius

Dr Jean Wencélius 
[Postdoctoral fellow]
Cameroon; Zimbabwe; ecological anthropology; ethnobiology; anthropology of life; kinship; social network analysis; domestication; crop diversity.

Visiting staff

Ryan Davey

Dr Ryan Davey [Visiting Fellow]
England, political and economic anthropology, class, debt, subjectivity

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Harriet Evans

Professor Harriet Evans [Visiting Professor]
China: gender and sexuality; feminist movements of the twentieth century; political posters, visual culture and legacies of the Mao era; oral history, memory and urban neighbourhood life; localities, cultural transmission and gendered contestations of heritage

Dena Freeman

Dr Dena Freeman  [Senior visiting fellow]
Globalisation; democracy; inequality; the United Nations; ideology; international development; Pentecostalism; Ethiopia

Julien-Francois Gerber

Dr Julien-François Gerber [Visiting Fellow]
Bhutan, India; Agrarian change, ownership systems, credit/debt, (de)commodification, resistance, alienation, depth psychology, degrowth, activism-science relations


John Harriss

Professor John Harriss [Visiting professor]
South Asia; politics of development; political anthropology; state and civil society; agrarian transitions and labour; inequality and poverty; social policy.

Ellen Judd

Professor Ellen R. Judd [Visiting professor]
China; political economy, gender, kinship, agrarian social organization, social movements, societies in transition, development, cultural production, mobility and migration, anthropology of care, inequality and mutuality.


Professor Adam Kuper [Visiting professor]
South Africa; intellectual history of anthropology, kinship, Southern Africa.

Mu Peng

Dr Mu Peng [Visiting fellow]
China; Chinese popular religion, ritual, traditional Chinese medicine and folk medicine, body, and history of folklore studies.

Desiree Remmert

Dr Désirée Remmert [Visiting Fellow]
China and Taiwan: Social cognition, motivation, agency, autonomy, decision-making, individualism, multi-sited ethnography, urban anthropology, fate and luck

Zimran Samuel

Zimran Samuel [Visiting fellow]
Children law, mental health, human rights

Mitch Sedgwick

Dr Mitchell W Sedgwick  [Senior visiting fellow]
Japan (mainland SE Asia, France, Tex-Mex border); economic anthropology, globalisation; anthropology of organisations, multinational corporations, cross-cultural relations/ethnicity and work; minorities and marginality in Japan; disaster anthropology, post-tsunami Japan.

Retired academic staff


Professor Maurice Bloch
Madagascar; religion and politics, cognition and culture, kinship.


Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
China and Taiwan, Germany; Chinese popular religion, the anthropology of history, life stories, family myths and responses to catastrophic loss, comparison of civilisations and empires.
+44 (0)20 7955 6241
SHF 3.01


Professor Jean La Fontaine
East Africa, United Kingdom; kinship, children, incest, ritual, witchcraft and Satanism.
+44 (0)20 7708 4496


Professor Chris Fuller
South Asia; India and Hinduism, South Indian temples, religion and politics, globalisation and information technology, Tamil Brahman society and history.

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Professor Martha Mundy
Arab societies; law, agrarian systems, sociology of Islam, historical anthropology, kinship.


Professor Jonathan Parry
South Asia; sociology of Hinduism, caste and other forms of inequality, industrialisation, labour and the anthropology of work.


Dr James Woodburn
Sub-Saharan Africa; hunting and gathering societies, egalitarian political systems.

Current research students

Read a detailed list of current research students.