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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
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; infrastructures, time.
+44 (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

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


Professor Deborah James FBA
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


Professor 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, public anthropology.
+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 2016-20]
China, Taiwan and the USA; 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. Currently we are all working remotely but will be holding office hours if you wish to have a face to face meeting.  The current schedule and Zoom details can be found here

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 

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 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 6306
OLD 1.17 

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 

Leo Hopkinson

Dr Leo Hopkinson [LSE fellow]
Ghana; West Africa; Violence; Care and Intimacy; Gender and Masculinity; Sport; Place and Belonging.
+44 (0)20 7107 5064
OLD 6.12

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Dr Megan Laws [LSE fellow]
Namibia, Botswana, South Africa; informal economies and redistribution; egalitarianism; property; uncertainty and ambivalence; shamanism; welfare and surveillance; conservancies and environmental management.
+44 (0)20 7955 6696
OLD 1.13

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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
OLD 1.16 

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Dr Fuad Musallam [ESRC Postdoctoral fellow]
Middle East; Lebanon; activism; social movements; political subjectivity; migrant and precarious labour organising; time and temporality; affect and emotion; narrative and storytelling; the political imagination; space and the city; participatory archiving.
OLD 6.06A

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.
OLD 6.06A

Visiting staff


Dr Natalia Buitron [Visiting 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. 

Jo de Berry

Dr Jo de Berry [Visiting Senior Fellow]
Expertise details: International development, poverty alleviation, forced displacement, youth, child protection, community-development, post-conflict recovery, qualitative research.


Dena Freeman

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

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Dr Hege Høyer Leivestad [Visiting fellow]
Global Trade, Maritime labour, Logistics, Commodities, Materiality, Mobility, Homes/Housing, Spain 

Loretta Lou

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


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

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Dr Marina Sapritsky-Nahum [Visiting Fellow]
The former Soviet-Union; Ukraine; Jewish identity; religious revival and transformation of traditions; ethnicity; philanthropy, migration and return migration.


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.

Alice Tilche

Dr Alice Tilche [Visiting fellow]
Art, indigeneity, agrarian change, nationalism, migration, India


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 2019/20

Undergraduate Programmes

Jessica Coventry

Jessica Coventry
Anthropology and Law, 3rd year

I would like to be a member of the SSLC this year as I really enjoyed doing it last year. Studying Anthropology and Law, I found that being a member of the SSLC allowed me to feel more integrated within the anthropology department and I really enjoyed representing my cohort and working with them to come up with constructive feedback for the meetings. 

Julia Mikhailova

Julia Mikhailova
Anthropology and Law, 3rd year

Being a part of the SSLC is incredibly rewarding. It is fulfilling seeing the opinions, thoughts and concerns of the year group go through the SSLC meetings, and then seeing changes implemented in the course, so that students at LSE have the best experience possible. Say hi if you see me around campus, and if you have anything that you feel will benefit being raised at the SSLC please feel free to get in touch with me!

Molly Pugh Jones

Molly Pugh-Jones
BSc Social Anthropology, 3rd year

I would like to be an SSLC representative because I think that it is important to take an active role in shaping my degree and allowing student voices to be heard in this process. This is a great opportunity to do that, and I think that the SSLC feedback system really works to make positive change. 

Shahana Bagchi

Shahana Bagchi
Social Anthropology, 2nd year

I wanted to become an SSLC representative so that I could be a part of a team that would ensure that my peers have the support and help they need. Also, by collaborating with the our teachers and staff, I wanted to address any concerns the student body had, from issues about readings and timetables to the ongoing process of decolonization in the discipline itself. 

Guilia Paxton

Giulia Paxton
Social Anthropology, 2nd year

I have very much enjoyed working together with the department in my first year, giving feedback on my first year and helping realise that feedback in freshers week. As part of the anthropology society I am also very keen on shaping a comfortable and inspiring atmosphere within the context of LSE and the department. I love talking to people and complaining (constructively), so don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll make stuff happen. 

Héloïse Regnault de Montgon

Héloïse Regnault de Montgon
Social Anthropology, 2nd year

To me, being a representative is a great opportunity to get more involved with the department, help those who need it and voice any concern you may have. Creating a safe space to discuss issues between staff and students is a priority for me, thank you for trusting me this year!

Arianna Stewart

Arianna Azurra Grace Stewart
Social Anthropology, 2nd year

I was interested in becoming an SSLC representative as I really enjoy our degree and would like to maintain / improve the student satisfaction for our cohort. I everyone will have a good learning experience this year. I hope to be an approachable person who you can share your issues with so that we can improve our degree programme for all. 

Yisrael Arthur

Yisrael Arthur
Anthropology and Law, 2nd year

I’d like to be a representative because Anthropology is close to how I like to look at the dynamics between people, to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar. Connecting to others, celebrating differences and appreciating what we have in common, as a person is something I love doing, it gets to another question which defines me. Why do people do what they do? 

Yinka Daniel

Yinka Daniel
Anthropology and Law, 1st year

I want to become a student representative because I am an ardent advocate for ensuring people’s voices are heard. I want to bridge the usual gap between education professionals and students, and through the process of mediating between both groups, ensure harmony within our Anthropology programme, so that everyone gets the most out of their experience at LSE. I definitely believe the feedback system will allow a necessary discourse to occur between two different groups and to be an instrumental part of the process will be an absolute privilege. 

Maariah Hussein

Maariah Hussain 
Social Anthropology, 1st year

I wanted to be a student representative because in a diverse institution like the LSE; I believe representation matters and the student body deserves a voice. I also believe that empathy and compassion are integral parts of bringing together voices from all parts of the department and I am committed to raising any and all issues brought to me by my peers. 

Kaia Sollie

Kaia Sollie
Social Anthropology, 1st year

I wanted to be a student representative because I am particularly passionate about ensuring that university and all it entails is accessible and affordable to everyone, regardless of their background.

Thalia Sze

Thalia Sze
Social Anthropology, 1st year

I believe in the importance of maintaining relationships between students, teachers and academic departments, as well as that of allowing students’ voices heard. Students, being the centre of education, often have their own opinions and ideas on the system and ways to improve it, as they often are the ones most greatly affected by any changes in it. I wish to become the bridge between different stakeholders, so that everyone can understand each other’s needs to facilitate changes to any teaching or assessment of the department where necessary. 

 Postgraduate Taught Programmes 

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Cynthia Chen
MSc Anthropology and Development Management


Gen England

Gen England
MSc Social Anthropology

'Getting students' voices heard at university is vital to a healthy and academically satisfying environment and I'm really excited to be part of facilitating the core of this; the student and staff feedback process! 

Over the last year I have been working for a mental health charity and I would like to bring this focus on wellbeing to my role as rep. Academic environments can be a very high pressure and it's easy to forget to look after yourself!  

I am here to get your voice heard around any issues you're having academically or personally but I also feel particularly passionate about making Anthropology a more welcoming space for all. In the nature of this, I am always looking for feedback on my role and how I can better represent you. Please don't hesitate to contact me through email, or we can go for tea together. 

Ania Gricuk

Ania Gricuk
MSc China in Comparative Perspective

I would like to be the SSLC rep for my course because I am passionate about representing student voices via the SU in the department. I was the student rep during the final year of my undergraduate degree. I have experience in addressing students’ concerns, liaising with the department staff and organising meetings and events. I hope I can apply this experience to my role at LSE!

Elina Hanninen

Elina Hanninen
MSc Social Anthropology (Religion in the Contemporary World)

Besides student activism in upper secondary school, I also have a background in municipal politics, and active citizenship in my native country Finland - all experiences which have contributed to my life path. I find that the benefits of such participation usually outweighs the personal efforts and commitment required, a reason why I took an interest in being a SSLC Representative at LSE. I believe that ourprogramme MSc Social Anthropology (Religion in the contemporary world) plays a very important role for the future of the social sciences, and I am happy to be representing my fellow students, with the aim of transforming our experiences into a positive impact for the future students coming into the programme.

Coming from a country that provides an education that is free of charge at a university level, I am hoping that this opportunity will also allow me to observe more in-depth the differences and similarities of both educational systems, British and Finnish, from the perspective of student and staff liaisons.

Alexia koch

Alexia Koch 
MSc Anthropology and Development Management 

I am grateful for the opportunity to represent and bring forward the concerns, questions and suggestions of my fellow students, so that we may continue to improve our learning experience, and that of those who will come after us. While we have all come to LSE to learn, let’s not forget the value of the experiences and insights each of us has come here with, and that sharing these is crucial for the continuous development of our programme. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time!

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Lisa Sai Li
MSc Anthropology and Development

I like listening, which is a critical skill for anthropologists! I would like to hone that skill to gather ideas from people in this program and be the bridge between the department and the students. . 

Blaise Rein

Blaise Rein
MSc Anthropology and Development

I want to be a representative in order to help grow my programme and improve the way it operates for current and future students. I think it is important to continually challenge the status quo and by engaging in bilateral communication with department members and my cohort, I think that we will all be able to improve the current academic situation, with mutual benefit from each other’s ideas and goals. I enjoy communicating with people of diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences which prompted me to enter this liaison role.

Venus Wong

Venus Wong
MSc China in Comparative Perspective

I would like to be an SSLC representative because I enjoy communicating with people from various backgrounds. Taking this role, I will try my best, bringing the opinions and thoughts of my friends and peers to a discussion, and make them heard in the department. Ultimately, I would like to contribute to improving our course satisfaction, as well as the overall LSE experience!

Nancy Xie

Nancy Xie
MSc Social Anthropology

I feel like stepping into the master programme at LSE not only means lots of excitement but also challenges that might be ignored for there is just too much going on in our life. If voices and opinions could be heard, big and even small things could be improved, it’s gonna enhance our experience.

 Postgraduate Research Programme 

Katherine Ajibade

Katherine Ajibade
MRes/PhD (Pre-field)

I'd like to be a student representative because I believe that representation based on reflection and dialogue, is the best way to serve the needs of my peers and improve the overall student experience.

Kiran Bhogal

Jaskiran Bhogal
MRes/PhD (Post-field)

My name is Jaskiran (Kiran) Kaur Bhogal. I’m a third year PhD student in the department. From November 2017 to December 2018, I carried out my fieldwork in the West Midlands with the Sikh community. I studied the ways in which Sikhs make their faith public and what it means to be a Sikh in Britain given the current social and political context.  

I think it’s really important that students views and experiences are represented. I was an SSLC rep during my MRes year and really enjoyed interacting with the department and improving the relationship between staff and students. If you have anything you’d like to discuss or raise then please drop me an email or come and find me! 

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Laura Stahl
MRes/PhD (Pre-field)

Regarding my reasoning in wanting to be the course representative for the MRes/PhD in Anthropology, I felt it a matter of social responsibility to take on the role in advocating for the needs of the group because I see my academic success as intrinsically connected to the well being of the community. I want to be involved in the department by providing insight into how the doctoral research student experience is understood by not only myself but also the rest of the cohort. As an anthropologist I am interested in the experience of others and I wish to accurately represent their experiences for the betterment of the department and institution as a whole.