Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Director of Studies, AMES (Japanese)
Dr Kawabata received her BA and MA in Sociology from Keio University in Japan. Her PhD in Anthropology and Sociology from SOAS, University of London, was on identity formation among the 'return' migrants from Peru to Okinawa.
We are delighted to receive applications from students wishing to take any of the languages offered in AMES.
A full Staff List is available on the AMES Faculty website.
Staff Fellow, AMES (Arabic)
Prof Montgomery is Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic. His long-term project is to explore the third/ninth century through the writings of ʿAmr ibn Baḥr al-Jāḥiẓ (d. 255/868-9). This is complemented by a project to edit and translate the early tenth century historiographical masterpiece by al-Ashʿarī, The Doctrines of the Islamicists.
His other major interest revolves around literary translation and the translation of classical Arabic poetry in particular.
Staff Fellow, AMES (Chinese)
My path to Chinese Studies began in the sixth form, when friends at the music school I attended in Somerset gave me my first taste of the joys of speaking a few phrases of (mostly very rude) Cantonese and communicating in a language wonderfully unlike the European languages I had studied up until then. I went on to graduate with a BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall), then spent two years in China studying first at the Inter-University Program at Tsinghua University and then towards an MA in contemporary Chinese literature at Peking University. In 2008 I received my PhD in modern Chinese literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of London, writing my dissertation on literary and sociological developments in the mainland Chinese avant-garde poetry scene of the early twenty-first century.
MML Teaching Staff
If you choose to combine an AMES language with a modern European language from the MML Faculty, then you will also have an MML Director of Studies for the modern European language element of your course.