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Academic staff

Catherine Allerton

Professor Catherine Allerton  
[Head of Department]
Eastern Indonesia, East Malaysia; place and landscape, houses, kinship and marriage, childhood and youth, migration.

Rita Astuti

Professor Rita Astuti
Madagascar; kinship, gender, anthropology of death, cognitive development and cultural transmission; ethnographic and experimental research methods. 


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. 

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Professor Laura Bear MBE, FBA
South Asia; anthropologies of the economy; state; infrastructures, time.

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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

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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

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Dr Yazan Doughan
Jordan; the Middle East; corruption; social movements; social justice; human rights; precarity; welfare; the state; bureaucracy; law; ethical life; temporality; critique; postcoloniality; semiotics; language and culture; religion and secularism.

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Professor Katy Gardner
Bangladesh; globalisation, migration, economic change.


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.

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Dr Nick Long
Indonesia and the Malay World; political change; psychological anthropology; affect; hypnosis; COVID-19; pandemic control measures; Aotearoa New Zealand.
+44 (0)20 7955 6757


Professor Mathijs Pelkmans
Caucasus (Republic of Georgia), Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic); anthropology of borders, political anthropology, anthropology of religion.

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Dr Andrea Pia 
China; law; collective action; water; common-pool resources; political economy; political ecology; development; critical agrarian studies; environmental humanities; environmental justice; prefigurative politics; rural sociology; infrastructure; digital ethnography; public anthropology; open access.


Professor 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.


Professor 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 FBA
Pro-Director Faculty Development (PDFD) and Professor of Anthropology
China, Taiwan and the USA; learning; schooling and child development; cognitive anthropology; the relationship between learning and economic life.


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.

Gisa Weszkalnys

Dr Gisa Weszkalnys
Anthropology of the economy, corporations, expertise; resource extraction; state (urban) planning; temporality, materiality, and affect; Europe, US, lusophone Africa

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 

Ms Chloe Davies 
Administrative Officer (Quality Assurance and Year Abroad)
+44 (0)20 7107 5867

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

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

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

Research and LSE Fellows

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Dr Anjana Bala [LSE fellow]
India, psychological anthropology, art, embodiment, ecology, religion, trauma.

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Dr Rebecca Bowers [LSE fellow]
India; UK; gender; informal labour; the household; inequality; precarity; Covid-19; labour migration; pragmatism.

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Dr Gareth Breen [LSE fellow]
Christianity and other religiosities in China and Taiwan; Chinese medicine; anthropological methods; secularism; theology. 

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Dr Sanda Caracentev [ESRC Postdoctoral research fellow]
Moldova, UK, Eastern Europe; social and cultural anthropology; migration, transnationalism, migration infrastructure; material culture, anthropology of food, ICTs; personhood, kinship, sociality; immateriality, temporality, mapping.

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.

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Dr Charlotte Hawkins [Postdoctoral research officer]

UK; Uganda; mental health; morality; economic anthropology; care; social infrastructures. 


Dr Mayanka Mukherji [LSE fellow]
London, New Delhi; housing, emptiness, waste, plastics, infrastructure, precarity, care and belonging, death and grieving, material practices, landownership in the UK, "community", ethnographic fiction.

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Dr Fuad Musallam [LSE 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.


Dr Stephanie Postar [British Academy postdoctoral fellow]
Tanzania; environment; natural resources; energy; social studies of science in Africa; precarity and uncertainty; gender.

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Dr Frederick Wojnarowski [British Academy postdoctoral research fellow]
The Middle East, Jordan, corruption, environmental justice, water scarcity, political economy, protest, history, colonialism, empire, non-state politics, land settlement. 

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Dr Teodor Zidaru [LSE fellow]
Kenya; East Africa; UK; trust; emotion; religion; welfare; microfinance and financial inclusion; redistributive politics; patronage and the state; linguistic and economic anthropology; the anthropology of technology, big data and machine-learning.

Visiting staff

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

Eona Bell

Dr Eona Bell [Visiting fellow]
Chinese diaspora/ Overseas Chinese; Hong Kong; Britain; childhood and childcare; race and ethnicity; migration; diversity and inclusion

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Dr Chris Chaplin [Visiting fellow]
Maritime Southeast Asia; Indonesia; Islam; Citizenship; Social Movements; Solidarity; Human Rights; Political Identities; Southeast Asian International Politics.


Maurizio Esposito La Rossa

Dr Maurizio Esposito La Rossa [Visiting fellow]
Madagascar; political anthropology; kingship; hierarchy; historicity; ritual; material culture; identity and ethnogenesis.

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.

Nick Evans

Dr Nicholas Evans [Visiting fellow]
South Asia; India; Islam; leadership and hierarchy; ethics; doubt and uncertainty


Luke Heslop

Dr Luke Heslop [Visiting fellow]
South Asia; trade and mercantile kinship; infrastructure and connectivity; political economy

Insa Koch

Professor Insa Koch [Visiting professor]
Anthropology of Britain and Europe, political and legal anthropology, class inequalities, criminal justice, welfare, modern slavery, Empire, post-colonialism, populism, democratic crisis.

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

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Dr Megan Laws [Visiting fellow]
Namibia, Botswana, South Africa; informal economies and egalitarianism; communal lands, biodiversity, and climate change; trust and uncertainty; shamanism; language; digital ethnography; citizen science.


Loretta Lou

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

Arthur Mason

Dr Arthur Mason [Visiting Senior fellow]
Energy Politics; The Anthropocene; Event Ethnography; Cultures of Expertise; Arctic Late Industrialism.


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Dr William Matthews [Visiting fellow]
China (contemporary and Warring States to Han); cosmology; divination; cognition; cultural transmission; empire; ontology; comparison; politics of knowledge.


Dr Claire Moll-Namas [Visiting fellow]
Trust, El Salvador, Migration, Violence, NGO, Evangelical Christianity, Anthropology of the Good, Anthropology of Values, Language.

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Dr Giulio Ongaro [Visiting fellow]
Laos; upland Southeast Asia; medical anthropology; shamanism; animism; ritual efficacy; placebo effects; magic; healing; rationality; global history of medicine; history of science; cognitive science; philosophy of mind.

Ottavia Patterno

Dr Ottavia Paternò [Visiting fellow]
Argentina; anthropology of Christianity; ritual; kinship; reciprocity; gender; imagination.


Dagna Rams

Dr Dagna Rams [Visiting fellow]
Ghana; Extractive economies; Waste and Resource Management; Economies of Technological Innovation; Global Metal Markets and Supply Chains

Charlie Rumsby

Dr Charlie Rumsby [Visiting fellow]
Mainland Southeast Asia, indentity, belonging, children and youth, statelessness, visual methodologies 

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Zimran Samuel [Visiting Professor in Practice]
Children law, mental capacity law, human rights, public international law, anthropology & law

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Dr Marina Sapritsky-Nahum [Visiting fellow]
Ukraine; Jewish identity; religion; migration; philanthropy; urban culture.

Mitch Sedgwick

Dr Mitchell W Sedgwick  [Visiting Senior 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.

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Dr Imani Strong [Visiting fellow]
Racial inequality; bureaucracy; entrepreneurship; political and legal anthropology.

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Dr Kelzang Tashi [Visiting fellow]
Bhutan; the Himalayas; religion; society; kinship and gender; health and healing; migration; the environment.

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.

Current research students

Read a detailed list of current research students.