Academic - Staff
Post Doctoral Researcher
I joined African Studies in October 2013 and have a six-month research contract to develop funding proposals in African studies. Previously I was a research fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Oxford. My background is in history and I have worked primarily on environmental and veterinary issues in southern Africa.
Associate Professor in Russian Government.I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2005, following a three-year appointment in Politics at Pembroke College, Oxford. Before that, I taught at various UK universities including Leeds, York, East London, Royal Holloway and Essex. I received my PhD from the University of Leeds in 1996, and I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Oxford between 1997 and 2000.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
I joined the African Studies Centre in May 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. During my fellowship, I am working on a book project about art, death and memory in South Sudan. I have previously held research positions at the Open University, The British Institute in Eastern Africa and the British School at Rome.
Associate Professor of Politics; Fellow of the Latin American Centre
I am an Associate Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Latin American Centre and a Fellow of St Hugh’s College.
Departmental Lecturer, Contemporary Chinese Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
My research focuses on Chinese domestic politics, in particular the Party-State apparatus, elite politics, political youth organizations, and the management of ethno-religious minorities.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
Miriam Driessen is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) and a Junior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. Prior to joining SIAS in April 2016, Miriam completed a DPhil at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford (2014/15), and held a fellowship at Peking University (2014–2016).
Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Political Economy
I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2017 following a 3-year period as Professor in Health Economics at HSE University in St. Petersburg. Prior to that I was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (2002-2014). My research focuses on the political economy of health, welfare and labour in Russia and Eurasia; particularly health behaviours and outcomes, social exclusion and public health policy and reform.
Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Warden of St. Antony's College
I have been involved in area studies in Oxford almost continuously for the past thirty years. I embarked on a doctorate in the social anthropology of Japan at St Antony’s College in 1982; I then held a Junior Research Fellowship between 1985-88 at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies; I spent a year at the Humanities Department at Imperial College, London and just over three years as a Reader at the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, before returning to Oxford as the first University Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of Japan in 1993.
Departmental Lecturer / Evans Pritchard Fellow in African Anthropology
I joined the African Studies Centre in 2016-2017, where I am involved in the teaching of the MSc in African Studies. I am also appointed to the Institute of Social Anthropology where I teach and supervise graduate students. I was trained as an anthropologist at the KU Leuven University (Belgium) and my research emerges from long-term intensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My ethnographic interests range from gender, sexuality and desire to labour, race and memory in both urban and rural settings.
Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
Jennifer Holdaway’s work over the last 15 years has focused on bringing interdisciplinary approaches to the study of social and environmental change. Prior to coming to SIAS she worked at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), developing interdisciplinary programs first in the field of migration studies and later on environment and health.