Civilizations in Contact

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

CiC staff

Research Team

Principal Investigator

Photo of Geoffrey Khan.Prof. Geoffrey Khan is Professor of Semitic Philology at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His research interests include pronunciation of Biblical Hebrew and its transmission through the ages, early traditions of Hebrew grammatical thought, medieval Arabic documents and modern Aramaic dialects. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1998 and awarded the Lidzbarski Gold Medal for Semitic philology by the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft in 2004.

Senior Research Associates

Photo of Sally Church.Dr. Sally K. Church acts as the Project Co-ordinator. She holds a B.A. in history from Middlebury College, Vermont, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in East Asian Languages and Civilisations. She is a Tutor and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Her main areas of expertise are Chinese language, literature and history of various periods, particularly Ming.

Photo of Robert Harding.Dr. Robert Harding has studied history and archaeology at Melbourne University and ancient Indian religion and history at SOAS. His Ph.D. was based on fieldwork done at the site of Rajgir in the Indian state of Bihar. Currently he is working in Kerala and southern Tamil Nadu on Roman and Arabian trade contacts. He is also engaged in writing about Chinese pilgrimage texts of the first millennium CE.

Photo of Paul Lunde.Paul Lunde grew up in Saudi Arabia and studied Arabic and Persian at SOAS. He spent many years in Rome, researching Arabic geographical literature and related topics in the Vatican Library, then moved to Seville to carry on research in the Archivo de Indias. He is currently working on trade and navigation in the pre-modern Indian Ocean. He has published widely on Islamic history and culture, and is on the boards of the Society for Arabian Studies and the Red Sea Society.

Photo of Jane McIntosh.Dr. Jane McIntosh has an M.A. in archaeology and anthropology and a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology from Cambridge University. She worked in field archaeology and teaching until becoming a full-time writer in 1997. As well as articles and multimedia on archaeology and the ancient world, she has published eight books, including the award-winning Practical Archaeologist. She was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2008.

Photo of Caroline Stone.Caroline Stone graduated from Cambridge, spent three years at the Jimbun Kagashu Kenkyusho Research Institute at Kyoto University and then worked at The British School At Rome, researching in the Vatican Archives. After some years writing and translating free-lance, she taught European History at university in Seville and continued to write, particularly on textiles.

Support Staff

Civilizations in Contact employ a Project Administrator who manages the operational aspects of the project (to whom enquiries should be addressed), and a Technical Support Officer responsible for research-related ICT activities.