Academic - Staff

  • 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.

  • British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    Beginning in 2003, I lived in China for six years, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province as well as in various towns of Qinghai, home to many officially designated ‘Tibetan autonomous’ prefectures.  Prior to becoming an academic, my time in China was spent working in various capacities, as a staff member of two non-profit foundations, one aiding orphans and disabled children, and the other improving public health knowledge and infrastructure in remote Tibetan villages and nomadic settlements; as an English teacher in both Chinese- and Tibetan-medium secondary schools; and as a Chinese-English and Ti

  • University Reader in Middle East Politics

    Dr Philip Robins has been a member of the academic staff at the University of Oxford for almost 20 years.  During that time he has been responsible for the overall provision of all of the teaching under the umbrella of Middle East Politics.  He currently holds the position of Reader in Middle East Politics and the title of professor.  Dr Robins is also a Fellow of St Antony’s College, where, until recently, he was the Sub-Warden and member of the College’s executive body.

  • Professor of Comparative Politics

    Currently on secondment to the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin (2016-2019).

  • Post Doctoral Researcher

    My research looks at the evolution of waste-related practices, representations and values in contemporary China. It is based on a political ecology approach and focuses on the nexus between recycling, environmentalism and state governance. I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research assistant in 2017 to collaborate with Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright (SIAS) and Dr Peter Wynn Kirby on a project entitled Circuits of E-waste and Value: Making E-waste Subjects in China and Japan.

  • British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    Carlos Solar is a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the Latin American Centre in the University of Oxford. 

    From 2015 to 2017 he was a Research Fellow in Public Policy and an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Politics in the University of York.

    He has also held visiting research appointments at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at the University of Montreal, and in the Latin American Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. 

  • Prof. Jonny Steinberg
    Professor of African Studies


  • Associate Professor in African Politics

    I joined the African Studies Centre in 2017-18. My post is a joint appointment with the Department of Politics and International Relations. Before moving to African Studies, I held a Departmental Lectureship in African Politics in the Oxford Department of International Development (QEH) from 2011 to 2017. Prior to joining the Oxford Department of International Development (QEH), I worked as a risk consultant for Control Risks (London). Thematically, I am interested in:

  • University Lecturer in the Politics of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Tutor and Fellow, Merton College

    Dr Patricia M. Thornton is a political scientist whose research interests span the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern China. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and previously taught at a private liberal arts college in the US before serving as the Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Contemporary China Studies Programme as a University Lecturer in the Politics of China in 2008.

  • Marie Curie Research Fellow

    Born in the United States, she received her bachelors degree in Sociology, with minors in Women’s Studies and American Literature, from Southern Oregon University.  She then worked abroad (South Korea, China, and Palestine) before settling in Holland and obtaining both her Master’s and Doctorate (2014) in Human Geography, from the University of Amsterdam.