Michael Hutt is Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. He received his BA in South Asian Studies and PhD in Nepali Literature from SOAS, and returned there as a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow in 1987. He has been teaching and researching Nepali language, literature, and culture at SOAS ever since, and has conducted research in Nepal, Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan. At SOAS, Hutt served as a faculty dean from 2004 to 2010 and as director of the SOAS South Asia Institute 2014-17. He is currently researching the cultural and political impacts of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.