Academic - Staff
Associate Professor in the Political Economy of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
My research looks at the politics of subnational development and central-local relations in contemporary China. Prior to joining the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford, I was a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center, and I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Government at Harvard. I also hold an A.B. in Public and International Affairs and a Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture from Princeton University, and a Graduate Certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
Professor in the Sociology of Japanese Society
I joined the University of Oxford in 2008. After completing my BA and MA degrees at the University of Tokyo, I studied at Northwestern University in the US, where I got my PhD in sociology in 1988. After going back to Japan, I worked at the National Institute of Multimedia Education from 1988 to 1991, and then moved to the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, where I taught the sociology of education for almost two decades until I came to Oxford.
My teaching at Oxford includes the Sociology of Japanese Society and Research Methods for Japanese Studies.
Associate Professor in Modern Japanese History
I am a cultural and intellectual historian in the Faculty of History and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford. Upon completing Year 10 in secondary school, I had a number of very different professions, including work as a mountain guide in the Fjordlands of New Zealand. Later, I helped start-up businesses in the first years of the new Russian Federation, during which time I also helped establish new continuing education programs, incorporating Japanese studies, for adults.
British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
My research on robots focuses on robots and automated systems in urban and social spaces. It includes the whole range of non-industrial robot experimenting, from autonomous vehicles and delivery drones, healthcare robots, to social and service robots. I currently work on three projects: the politics of humanoid robots in Japan, the urban living labs for robot experiments with focus on Dubai, Singapore, California and Japan, and medical delivery drones in sub-Saharan Africa.
Departmental Lecturer in REES
Agnieszka Kubal joins REES as part-time Departmental Lecturer from the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) at University of Oxford, where she will continue holding a research post. She was educated in Krakow, Exeter and Oxford with a postdoctoral spell at Harvard, and has an extensive list of publications on topics relevant to the teaching she will be undertaking at REES.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
I have been working at the Latin American Centre (SIAS) since February 2011. Currently, I am conducting a three-year project to study accountability for Plan Condor transnational crimes in South America. This project is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme of the European Commission. Between late 2014 and mid-2016, I was based in Buenos Aires to observe the proceedings in the Plan Cóndor trial and conduct research on this secret cross-national coordination set up by six military dictatorships in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.
Professor in the Human Geography of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
Anna joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2009, jointly appointed by the School of Geography and the Environment. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University; an MA in Chinese Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has previously worked in Manchester and at Oxford's Institute of Chinese Studies.
Postdoctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies
Ceren completed her PhD in May 2015 at the London School of Economics, Government Department, focusing on the role of the state and the ulema, in the rise of political Islam in Turkey. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University (St Antony’s College) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Alongside her academic career, Ceren previously worked in finance as an economist focusing on Turkey, the Middle East and Eurozone.
Departmental Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies
I joined Russian and East European Studies as a Departmental Lecturer in 2010 after a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford (2007-2010). Originally trained in European Ethnology (BA, Copenhagen) and Anthropology (PhD, University College London), I have previously taught on the MA in History of Design at the Royal College of Art, and tutored Anthropology at St. Peter´s College, Oxford.
Associate Professor in the Anthropology of South Asia
Nayanika Mathur is an Anthropologist of South Asia with wide-ranging research and teaching interests in the anthropology of politics, development, environment, law, human-animal studies, and research methods. I was educated at the Universities of Delhi (B.A. and M.A.) and Cambridge (MPhil and PhD). I have held postdoctoral research fellowships awarded by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy at Cambridge’s Centre for the Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).