Roger Blench is a social anthropologist who works in Africa and Southeast Asia. His major interests are ethnography, linguistics, archaeology and ethnomusicology. He is currently a visiting fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He has edited or authored many books, notably Spirits and ships: cultural exchanges in monsoon Asia (2017) with Andrea Acri, and Sea nomads of Southeast Asia past and present (2021) with Bérénice Bellina. He edited four volumes of Language and Archaeology (1997–1909) with Matthew Spriggs. His synthesis Archaeology, Language and the African past (2006) is currently undergoing revision for a second edition.