Academic - Staff
Professor of African Studies
Professor Steinberg will be on sabbatical leave for 2017-18.
Associate Professor in the International Relations of South Asia
I originally joined the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme as a departmental lecturer in October 2010. In September 2017 I took up Oxford’s Associate Professorship in the International Relations of South Asia, divided between Area Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations. I hold a Governing Body Fellowship at St Antony’s College and am Chair of the Board of Examiners for both the MSc and MPhil in Modern South Asian 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.
Academic - Affiliate
Senior Research Fellow in South European Studies
Othon Anastasakis is the Director of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), at St Antony's College; a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; and the former Director of the European Studies Centre, at St Antony's (July 2012-October 2015). He teaches South East European politics, as well as European politics. His research interests include transition and democratisation in South East Europe, EU’s eastern enlargement, Greek politics and foreign policy, European extreme right politics and EU-Turkey relations.
Emeritus Fellow; LAC Associate Member
I came to the Latin American Centre in 1966 after having spent a year in Colombia with UNESCO and before that lecturing at the University of Keele. Initially my appointment was shared with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London where I ran a seminar programme on Latin America. I became a University Lecturer and Fellow of St Antony’s in 1970 and I have been here since I retired in 2006.
I specialise on the Japanese economy and most of my research has been on current macro-economic policy issues in Japan. I’ve been interested in Japanese banking and finance for many years and have also written on financial systems in economies in transition and on the Asian financial crisis of 1997. At the ANU I have been Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre which focuses on the economic interaction between Australia and Japan and their strategic interests in the Asia Pacific region. Presently I am serving as PVC Research.
Reader in Command and Transition Economies
Professor Christopher Davis is the Reader in Command and Transition Economies jointly in the Department of Economics and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
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.
I joined SIAS in October 2011, where I was a researcher on the ESRC/DfID funded project: ‘The Materiality of Rice’, led by Professor Barbara Harriss-White. I am now a Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, and convene and lecture the geography MSc elective, Global Environmental Change and Food Security.
Both food and a healthy environment are essential for human existence. Food production at the scale required to feed the present population inevitably damages the environment. This damage is at such a scale to seriously threaten human existence.