Prof. James Allan
The Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford
James is Keeper of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford University. He was appointed Assistant Keeper at the Ashmolean Museum in 1966, four years after the department was created, and was appointed Keeper in 1991.
He is also responsible for founding the M.Phil. in Islamic Art and Architecture at Oxford University. His research interests include Islamic metalwork, particularly the Persian steel industry and he has also published articles and books related to Islamic ceramics and glass.