Dr Paul C. Irwin Crookes

Dr. Paul C. Irwin Crookes
Director of Graduate Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Senior Lecturer in the International Relations of China

I have been based at Oxford since October 2011, prior to which I was Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, where I taught courses on East Asian security, China’s international relations, and the institutional politics of the European Union. I gained both my MPhil and PhD from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and hold a BSc(Econ) degree from the LSE. My particular research interests include UK-China economic relations post-Brexit, EU-China relations, and the development of international regimes.

Prof. David Pratten

David Pratten
Associate Professor in Social Anthropology of Africa

I joined the African Studies Centre in 2005-06. I am a social anthropologist and my post is a joint appointment with the Institute of Social Anthropology. I studied at Oxford, Manchester and SOAS, and previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Sussex.

Jane Baker

Administrator at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

I joined the Nissan Institute of Japanese in December 1998 and I am the Administrator for the MSc and MPhil programme in Japanese Studies.  In 2004 the Institute came under the umbrella of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS).

Dr Gregory Deacon

Dr Gregory Deacon
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I have been working in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies since September 2011 as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I am also a Junior Research Fellow of St. Antony’s College. Currently, the explosion of new Protestant churches is arguably the most significant social phenomenon in Africa, and religious groups were already the most frequent form of associational life within difficult and contested democratic and civil society spaces on the continent.

Professor Barbara Harriss-White

Senior Research Fellow, Area Studies; Co-ordinator South Asian Research Cluster

I joined SIAS in 2007 but I joined Oxford in 1987 after 7 years teaching social science to medical doctors at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. My interests are Political economy; agriculture, energy and food; aspects of deprivation; India’s informal capitalism; rural and local development; low carbon transition. I used to teach Indian political economy on the MSc in Contemporary India. (Before that – M Phil in Development Studies: core course, options in gender and development, Indian political economy, health and development, rural development)


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