Dr Catherine Allerton
[Research leave 2013/14]
Eastern Indonesia, East Malaysia; place and landscape, houses, kinship and marriage, childhood and youth, migration.
Professor Rita Astuti
[Head of Department 2012 - 2015]
Madagascar; kinship, gender, anthropology of death, cognitive development and cultural transmission; ethnographic and experimental research methods.
firstname.lastname@example.org ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7206 ¦ OLD 6.11
Dr Mukulika Banerjee
South Asia; political anthropology, popular perceptions of democracy and the culture of elections, fashion and public culture, Muslim societies.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7213 ¦ OLD 5.09
Dr Laura Bear
South Asia; anthropologies of the economy, state, time and urban/industrial enivironments.
firstname.lastname@example.org ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7409 ¦ OLD 6.09
Dr Fenella Cannell
Lowland Philippines, United States; anthropology of Christianity, healing and mediumship, gender, Mormonism and kinship.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 6306 ¦ OLD 6.07
Dr Matthew Engelke
Zimbabwe, England; Christianity and the Bible, semiotics, materiality, public religion, history of anthropology, human rights.
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Professor Katy Gardner
[Sabbatical leave 2013/14]
Bangladesh; globalisation, migration, economic change.
Professor David Graeber
[Research leave 2013/14]
Madagascar, Europe, North America; Theories of value, money, debt, politics, manners, magic, class, social movements, social theory.
Professor Deborah James
South Africa; political economy, civil society and the state, land reform and property regimes, development and migration, ethnicity, ethnomusicology, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7215 ¦ OLD 6.06
Dr Nick Long
Indonesia and the Malay World; decentralisation, democratisation, post-democracy, achievement and motivation, confidence, human resources, sociality, critical theory.
firstname.lastname@example.org ¦ +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.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7862 ¦ OLD 5.08
Dr Michael W. Scott
[Sabbatical leave Lent and Summer Terms 2014]
Oceania; Melanesia; anthropological approaches to questions of being (ontology); cosmology; religion; wonder; myth-making; indigenous Christianities; personhood, sociality, and relatedness; place-making; ethnogenesis.
Dr Alpa Shah
[Inequality and Poverty.Director of Department Research Unit Inequality and Poverty 2013 – 2017]
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7488 ¦ OLD 6.17A
Professor Charles Stafford
China and Taiwan; learning, schooling and child development, cognitive anthropology, the relationship between learning and economic life.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7207 ¦ OLD 6.02
Dr Hans Steinmuller
China; political and economic anthropology, moralities and ethics, irony, ritual, gambling.
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Dr Harry Walker
Lowland South America; personhood and relatedness, subjectivity, ritual, justice.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0) 20 7955 7208 ¦ OLD 5.06B
Dr Gisa Weszkalnys
Ethnographic study of natural resources, specifically oil in Africa; the politics of urban planning.
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Professor Adam Kuper
South Africa; intellectual history of anthropology, kinship, Southern Africa.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 6057 ¦ OLD 6.16
Research and LSE Fellows
Dr Tom Boylston [Research Fellow]
Anthropology of religion, media, technology, individualism, and discourses of modernity.
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Dr Charlotte Bruckermann [LSE Fellow]
China, home, gender, ritual, work, economic transformation, post-socialism
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7614 ¦ KGS 1.06
Dr Jason Hickel [LSE Fellow]
South Africa: democracy, development, political conflict, vigilante violence, xenophobia, labor and migrancy, ritual and witchcraft.
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James Johnston [LSE Fellow - China]
China: education and learning; kinship morality; place and migration; local perceptions of the nation and the state.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7435 ¦ KGS 3.07
Dr Insa Koch [LSE Fellow]
Anthropology of law, politics and the state, criminology, political and legal anthropology, legal philosophy, anthropological theory and ethnography
firstname.lastname@example.org ¦ +44 (0)20 7849 4637 ¦ OLD 6.10
Dr George St Clair [LSE Fellow]
Brazil, Latin America; Christianity, Pentecostalism, utopian religion and urban life, anthropology of religion, identity.
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7212 ¦ OLD 6.13
Inequality and Poverty Project Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr Richard Axelby
Poverty and inequality; agrarian change; natural resource management; environmental history; South Asia especially the Himalayas.
Dr Dalel Benbabaali
India; social geography and anthropology, caste and class, land relations, territory, migration, social mobility, control, power, hegemony, resistance.
Dr Brendan Donegan
Poverty, inequality, activism in India and the UK, land acquisition, Dalits.
India; economic anthropology / anthropology of labour; political anthropology / anthropology of state; ethnic identity and movements; economic history, caste system / anti-caste movements.
Agrarian studies, social movements, and environmental and social history.
+44 (0)20 7955 7480 ¦ OLD 6.06A
Dr Alice Forbess [Visiting Fellow]
Anthropology of institutions - religious, political and third sector, in European settings; Christianity - charisma, mysticism, transgression and ethics in Eastern Orthodox contexts.
Dr Dena Freeman [Visiting Fellow]
Ethiopia; cultural transformation; happiness and wellbeing; culture, cognition and emotion; international development; Pentecostalism.
Dr Thomas Grisaffi [Visiting Fellow]
Indigenous politics, democracy, citizenship, coca, drug control policy, radio, Bolivia.
Dr Dominik Schieder [Visiting Fellow]
Oceania (Fiji) and East Asia (Japan); migration, social transformation, sports, political elitism and political processes.
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.
Dr Tong-xue Tan (Visiting Fellow)
Anthropology of rural China, ethnology of Chinese minorities, peasant economies, village morality, grass-roots politics, social consciousness.
Dr Nasir Uddin [Visiting Fellow]
Indigeneity, identity-politics and belongings, the anthropology of the state and the margins, peace and conflict studies, migration and refugee studies, media and democracy, (political) Islam and secularism, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, and South Asia.
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.
email@example.com ¦ +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.
Professor Ioan Lewis
Somalia and the Horn of Africa; shamanism, Islam and traditional societies, witchcraft and cannibalism.
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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.
Ms Yanina Hinrichsen
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 7202 ¦ OLD 6.03
Ms Andrea Elsik
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Mr Tomas Hinrichsen
Administrator (Monday & Friday)
email@example.com ¦ +44 (0)20 7955 6775 ¦ OLD 6.04A
Ms Renata Todd
Administration and Communications Officer
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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.