Academic - Head of SIAS

  • Professor Rachel Murphy
    Head of School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Director of Contemporary Chinese Studies; Professor of Chinese Development and Society

    Prof Murphy will not be accepting any new doctoral students for the October 2018 intake.

Academic - Director

  • Director of the African Studies Centre

    Rhodes Professor of Race Relations

    I joined the African Studies Centre in July 2017. I am a political scientist and anthropologist. My research and teaching have focussed on the processes of the social mobilisation of interests and power, particularly as these manifest in and through ethnicity, nationalism, race and racialisation, culture, democratic politics and social thought. I have two doctoral degrees from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and Cambridge (UK) - the latter as a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar - and have taught at universities in Nigeria and the United States.

  • Professor of Modern Russian History

    My research and publications have concentrated on the social and cultural history of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. I have been most interested in the history of sexualities and gender in modernising Russia, and particularly the role of medicine and law in shaping the regulation of sexual and gender dissent and conformity. I have explored the history of homosexuality in tsarist and Soviet Russia, the nature of masculinity under socialism, and the problems of sexual disorders and sexual violence in twentieth-century Russia.

  • Professor Matthew McCartney
    Director of South Asian Studies; Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of India

    I began as an economist and then my job titles just got longer and longer. 

  • Director of the Latin American Centre; Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America

    I arrived at the University of Oxford in 2008 after five years at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London). I hold a joint appointment at SIAS and the Department of International Development and I am also a Fellow at St Antony’s College. I love Oxford’s commitment to multidisciplinary area studies and to a deeper understanding of the economic, political and social challenges in different parts of the developing world. It is a pleasure to work with colleagues who share the same enthusiasm both in my two departments.

  • Professor Timothy J. Power
    Course Director, Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme; Professor of Latin American Politics

    I am a comparative political scientist with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary area studies. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s, I studied both Latin American literature and political science. I then completed an MA in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in 1986. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, working mainly with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, a centre that bears many similarities to SIAS.

  • Hugh Whittaker
    Professor in the Economy and Business of Japan and Director, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

    My research interests include entrepreneurship, management of innovation, corporate governance, and employment relations in Japan, as well as political economy and economic development in East Asia.  My publications include Comparative Entrepreneurship: The UK, Japan and the Shadow of Silicon Valley (2009) and (co-edited) Corporate Governance and Managerial Reform in Japan (2009).  A current research project is on ‘compressed development’ in East Asia.



  • Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, SIAS & DPIR, Fellow of St Anne's College

    Yaacov Yadgar’s research revolves around issues of Jewish identity, religion, politics, and secularism. He focuses on placing Israel in theoretical and epistemological frameworks that bear obvious relevance beyond the specific case history. His scholarship is multidisciplinary, encompassing Jewish, political, cultural, religious, and media studies. He concentrates on Israeli socio-politics (especially Israeli Judaism) and on the epistemological, historical, and political dimensions of Israeli identity.

  • 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.

Academic - Staff

  • Professor Roy Allison
    Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations

    I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2011 from a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics. I was a doctoral student and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford; a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (1987-99) and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) (1993-2005).