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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
[Director, PhD Academy]
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 histories. 
+44 (0)20 7955 7213
OLD 5.09

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Professor Karin Barber [Centennial Professor]
Yoruba, Western Nigeria: Anthropology of texts, performance, popular culture, Yoruba language, print culture, oral genres, religion

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Professor Laura Bear
[Head of Department]
South Asia; anthropologies of the economy, state, time and urban/industrial enivironments.
+(0)20 7955 7409
OLD 6.07

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Dr Fenella Cannell
Lowland Philippines, United States; anthropology of Christianity, healing and mediumship, gender, Mormonism and kinship.
+44 (0)20 7955 6494
OLD 5.07

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Dr Clara Devlieger
Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, disability, rights and responsibilities, identity and difference, distribution and welfare, personhood, humour, moralities and judgement, urban anthropology, borders, uncertainty
+44 (0)20 7955 6933
OLD 6.08


Professor Katy Gardner
Bangladesh; globalisation, migration, economic
+44 (0)20 7107 5064
OLD 6.12 

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
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.
+44 (0)20 7955 7215
OLD 6.06

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.
+44 (0)20 7849 4992
NAB 7.17


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

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Dr Andrea Pia 
China; law; rural sociology; collective action; water; common-pool resources; political economy; environmental justice; prefigurative politics; infrastructure; digital ethnography.
+44 (0)20 7955 6306
OLD 6.09


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.

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.
+44 (0)20 7955 7214
OLD 5.06A


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.

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 Tomas Hinrichsen
Administrative Officer (Research)
[Monday and Wednesday]
+44 (0)20 7955 6775
OLD 6.06A 

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

Ms Maryam Bi [secondment cover for 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

The administration office has core opening hours of Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30 but usually someone is here before and after the times stated.

Research and LSE Fellows


Dr Natalia Buitron [Postdoctoral research fellow]
Latin America and Amazonia: state formation; indigenous social movements; development; race/ethnicity, labour and gender; morality and justice; socialisation and schooling; writing; egalitarianism and cooperation. 
+44 (0)20 7106 1300
POR 4.01


Dr Grégory Deshoullière [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

Nick Evans

Dr Nicholas Evans [LSE fellow]
South Asia; India; Islam; leadership and hierarchy; ethics; doubt and uncertainty
+44 (0)20 7955 7614
KGS 3.07

Jan David Hauk

Dr Jan David Hauck [Newton International Fellow]
Lowland South America; Paraguay; hunter-gatherers; language socialization; anthropology of childhood; ethics and morality; cooperation; phenomenology; conversation analysis; narrative; language ideologies; language contact and change.
OLD 6.06A

Luke Heslop

Dr Luke Heslop [LSE fellow]
South Asia; trade and mercantile kinship; infrastructure and connectivity; political economy
+44 (0)20 7955 7488
OLD 6.17A 

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Dr William Matthews [LSE fellow]
China; cosmology; divination; anthropology of ontology; reasoning; cognition and classification; analogy and metaphor; science and traditional cosmology; Chinese religions; Yijing (I Ching).
+44 (0)20 7106 1209
POR 2.02 

Chloe Nahum-Claudel

Dr Chloe Nahum-Claudel 
[Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow]
Brazil and Papua New Guinea; indigenous diplomacy; ritual innovation; technology and livelihood; kinship; semiotics and evolution; witchcraft; torture; postcolonial and feminist theory. 
+44 (0)20 7955 7480
OLD 6.06A

Alice Tilche

Dr Alice Tilche 
[Leverhulme Early Career Fellow]
art, indigeneity, agrarian change, nationalism, migration, India

Visiting staff

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

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Dr Dena Freeman  [Senior visiting fellow]
Globalisation; inequality; religion; Ethiopia

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.

Loretta Lou

Dr Loretta Lou [Visiting fellow]
Environment, well-being, morality and ethics, social movements, responsibility, victimhood, technologies of the self, China, Hong Kong.


Luisa Piart

Dr Luisa Piart [Visiting fellow]
The politics and laws of justice, global markets, labour governance, (maritime) infrastructures, the anthropology of international organizations, moral anthropology, ethnographic theory.

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Zimran Samuel [Visiting fellow]
Children law, mental health law, public international law

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.

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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.

Student Representatives 2018/19

Undergraduate Programmes

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Ben Boscawen 
Anthropology and Law, 3rd year

I am a third year Anthropology and Law student from the UK who's very much looking forward to taking on the final year while trying to secure a position in a law firm after graduation. I'd love to try and help be a part of any improvements people feel the course could benefit from, or just report back good review.

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Jessica Coventry
Anthropology and Law, 2nd year

I am a second year anthropology and law student and am very much looking forward to being a part of this years SSLC. In my first year I became aware of the ability of the SSLC to create change in the department, voicing concerns and improvements suggested by fellow students. I am really looking forward to contributing to this this year and hope to continue the good work of the SSLC representatives last year and implement lots of positive changes.

The SSLC enables students to have a voice and therefore, student contribution is needed. If anyone had any ideas/ concerns, please do contact me! 

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Bushra Fatima
Social Anthropology, 2nd year

I am a SSLC representative because in my first year, I was able to count on my teachers to help me with any difficulties I experienced. Therefore, I would like to give back to this department by informing my teachers on how to achieve the same for other students.

As a Seligman Librarian, I am able to meet a variety of different students and feel compelled to relay their concerns and inquiries concerning LSE. I feel that as an SSLC representative I can ensure that student’s concerns are heard and I will pay particular attention to students with disabilities. In my first year I was diagnosed with a learning disability and through this I met other students with similar disabilities and was able to discuss ways in which our experience at LSE can be more inclusive and fair.

As a SSLC representative I will have the right platform and the skills to ensure that people’s voices are heard and that changes can occur when concerns arise. 

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Julia Mikhailova
Anthroplogy and Law, 2nd year

I was part of the SSLC in my 1st year, and I loved having the responsibility to bring the opinions and thoughts of my friends and peers to discussions, and then seeing those changes implemented during the year. I am easy-going and approachable by my peers, and I would love to have this responsibility again. Please get in contact!

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Sagal Mohamed
Anthropology and Law, 1st year

I'm a first year undergraduate Anthropology and Law student. I would like to contribute to widening the curriculum to include a variety of views from all positions, particularly views that oppose as a way to open up and debate our positions, which I hope will allow us students to develop a more critical mindset as we engage with our course over the academic year. I have past experience representing student's views to senior members of faculty during my A Levels, and welcome your comments and ideas. 

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Emma Soderqvist
Social Anthropology, 1st year

I am a Franco-Swedish anthropology student. Throughout my life, I was one of those children constantly moving from one school to the other, and was thus exposed to a variety of academic staff. However, my voice, opinions and experiences were never better understood than by fellow students, and student representatives. I believe that playing in the same ballpark comes with a deeper understanding for each other's experiences, experiences that should be the root of action in an institution that exists FOR us. 

I have a strong conviction of the importance of student representation in the bureaucratic, larger structure that is an academic institution - and increasingly so as I started noticing the, oftentimes, lack of it. As a consequence, I have been involved with student democracy committees, have previous experience with the role as student representative, and was most recently involved in the Student's Union throughout my high school years - with the goal of promoting the voice and influence of students in decision making for and within the institution. 

The role of a student representative is one I acknowledge comes with a large responsibility, which I would carry with pride, and open-mindedness. 

If you wish to reach me about anything at all, please feel free to contact me either on Facebook, by email or simply by coming up to me before/after class!

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Mary Tzoannou
Social Anthropology, 3rd year

I have been a SSLC Representative for the past year. I actively participated in the discussions for the process of changing this year’s forms of assessment, a concern that many students had voiced to me in the past. Together with the department, we made sure that the undergraduate Anthropology students received the best university experience possible in LSE, be that deadlines, mentoring programmes or student initiatives. The Argonaut was one of our greatest achievements with countless students getting involved in our project, building long-lasting friendships and getting to know the Administration and Academic Staff better than before. Those of you who know me will testify to my ability to make my fellow students’ voices heard and my engagement in trying to fulfil their wishes. And those of you who don’t know me yet, do get in touch! 

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Christie van Tinteren
Social Anthropology, 3rd year

I have been constantly involved in activities and campaigns which aim to improve the welfare of those at the LSE. I was involved with the Justice for Cleaners campaign, with demanding better living conditions in halls, and most recently with assisting last year's SSLC committee and departmental staff with the programme review for Anthropology courses.

Improving the experiences of those who work and attend our university seems like a common-sense path of action for all of us who can, and is something I enjoy doing. The SSLC is a vital structure of communication between staff and students. I would take pleasure in facilitating feedback and ensuring that student experience within the department is the best possible.

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Milena Wuerth
Social Anthropology, 2nd year

Having participated in a smaller focus group last year dealing with the restructuring of the undergraduate Anthropology programme, I have been fully assured that LSE's administrative structure is truly appreciative of and responsive to student feedback. As an active participant in both classes and a dedicated attender of the Seligman tea parties, I feel I have gotten to know my fellow second-years quite well and would be approachable to any of my classmates hoping to contribute their input to the Committee. I recognise the weight of responsibility in representing an entire year's cohort and I will strive to contribute their opinions to the Committee accurately and clearly, and thereby, together with my fellow representatives, help inform changes which will improve the experience of all LSE students.

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Leonie Zeuner
Social Anthropology, 1st year

I am Leonie, I am 19 years old and from Munich, Germany. I am very happy to be one of your SSCL representative this year. I believe that we as students should engage and make a difference in the department’s and in general the university’s agenda. We are the ones most affected by their decisions, so we should be the ones to help to shape them. We should bring our perspectives into the discussions and campaign for the topics we find important. We should take responsibility to shape the course and the department. For me, Social Anthropology is a course that should challenge us to think critically about our environment and to question accepted norms. And LSE is a place where we came to learn and develop ourselves, but also to engage actively with our surroundings and maybe even to make a change. So, why not starting to change things in our own department?

I would be really happy to take on the role of a student representative, listen to your concerns, problems, wishes and topics and make them heard in the department, and I really hope for your support. If you have any questions or issues please contact me. 

 Postgraduate Taught Programmes 

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Mary Briggs
MSc Social Anthropology (Religion in the Contemporary World)

Although I am studying the Anthropology of Contemporary Religion stream of Social Anthropology of the MSc in Social anthropology, I want to represent the interests and concerns of all anthropology students! I am passionate about collaborating with students, faculty, and staff to make the anthropology department and LSE at large an enriching, equitable, inclusive, and challenging place to study. I think that anthropology, given its holistic nature, has given me skills in both listening and problem-solving that would be invaluable in my role as representative. In particular, being able to not only listen to, but also take seriously, very different perspectives is a skill that I value and hope to further employ during my time at LSE. If elected to be an MSc representative for the anthropology department, I would strive to engage in productive dialogue with others and enact positive changes. Additionally, I would welcome feedback from my peers in order to best represent the department as a whole! 

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Yiling Guo
MSc China in Comparative Perspective

By taking on the role as a student representative, I want to gain experiences by engaging with different people and be a good listener. I will try my best to understand my course mate’s immediate concerns and best represent their views.  

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Sofia Kastelein
MSc Social Anthropology

Prior to starting this Masters, I was a student on the BA History course at the LSE. I am consequently familiar with the School’s bureaucracy and administrative workings. I’m enthusiastic to be part of the Anthropology  SSLC as I want to ensure the department not only responds to the day-to-day challenges and school-wide, structural issues faced by our cohort, but also embodies the critical and socially engaged nature of the discipline. During my three previous years here, I have campaigned for better treatment of LSE cleaning staff, lobbied my department to take a stand against the raising of tuition fees and represented my coursemates on the International History SSLC. I am happy to now be a part of the Anthropology Department – known for being welcoming and responsive to students – and am keen to continue such activities while here.

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Emily Kennington
MSc Anthropology and Development Management

As a firm believer in continuous improvement, the role of a student representative for the Department of Anthropology would change not only my world, but also the world around me. It will allow me to better interact with my fellow students from a range of different backgrounds and this can result in the formation of strong, long-lasting friendships as I support them with having their voice heard and be their driver of change. Ultimately, I wish to serve as a liaison between my student group and the LSE to suggest, develop and implement solutions to create a more vibrant campus life. 

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Ziyue Liu
MSc China in Comparative Perspective

I want to become a SSLC Rep because I know that life in London and LSE could be very tough. As a good listener, it is my pleasure to hear and help my fellow classmates through difficulties in life and study. Communication skill is one of my strengths so your voices will definitely heard by the school. I feel absolutely honored to build friendship with each one of you. Besides, group bonding is very important part of the Uni life so there will be group activities like gatherings or even field trips in the future for you all to know your classmates better.

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Rose Lorentzen
MSc Social Anthropology

I believe that student engagement is important in the modern post-secondary institution. Students provide a perspective that staff or faculty do not have personal access to as each group navigates the university in different ways. I will bring my experience as a mature student who has chosen to return to school after working for a few years and also as an international student. I am invested in shaping the student experience at LSE for future students by voicing the experiences of myself and my peers.

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Asra Memon
MSc Social Anthropology

I come from a small city in Pakistan. I’ve held several leadership positions in which I’ve not only led teams dealing with social issues like education for autistic children and orphans but also represented my own country internationally via cross-cultural exchanges. I have used those platforms to have a dialogue with people to make them more aware of the underrepresented realities. This particular position will facilitate me to do the same. Being an international student, my own experience resonates with the sacrifices students make when making a decision as tough as attending LSE. To ensure that the experience is worth all the investment and sacrifices, I would like to represent my cohort and contribute to their student experience by having meaningful discussions and policy changes (if necessary) with the department representatives. The department of Anthropology, I believe, has a lot to offer in terms of academic and professional development. To ensure a successful delivery of all what it has to offer, I would like to contribute in whatever capacities I can.

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Yana Walker
MSc Anthropology and Development

I wish to take the role of a SSLC representative in order to help run an efficient programme that is beneficial to all. I am a very approachable person and I want to help address the needs of all my fellow students on this course. I believe the SSLC is an important student body to help deliver change within the LSE and I hope to be able to support the students of my programme by listening to their concerns in order to help deliver that change.

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Tianren Zeng
MSc China in Comparative Perspective

Hi I am Tianren, you can also call me Tim. I am glad that I am given this opportunity to represent students from China in Comparative Perspective and students from our Anthropology department. Feel free to get in touch with me if you need any help. Any advice and feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! 

 Postgraduate Research Programme 

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Gabriela Cabana Alvear
MRes/PhD (Pre-field)

I studied sociology in my undergrad, did the MSc in Social Anthropology at this department, and now I'm starting my doctoral studies. I plan to do fieldwork in Brazil, with a focus on bureaucracy, policy-making and the transition to renewable energies. As a representative I plan to be a facilitator for widening conversations in the department, so please feel free to reach me with any concern, question or initiative that you might have.

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Sandhya Fuchs
MRes/PhD (Post-field)

I am a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and your SSLC rep for this year. I conducted my fieldwork in Northern India in from 2016-18 where I studied the ways in which Dalits (former untouchables) in India mobilise legal social protection measures in the fight for social and political equality. In my non-academic time- on the occasion that there is such luxury- I sing in a choir  and sometimes even try to get some exercise.

So, should you have any concerns, or even ideas, you would like to raise with the department, feel free to email me I will bring them up at the next meeting. And if you would just like to have a more general chat about PhD anthropology life, also give me a shout.  

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Thomas Herzmark
MRes/PhD (Post-field)

My PhD research focusses on the Koya community in Andhra Pradesh, India. I'm delighted to be providing a link between our academic and administrative staff, and the post-fieldwork PhD students as an SSLC representative.