• Director, Rothermere American Institute; LAC Associate Member

    I joined the Latin American Centre in 2011, when I arrived at St Antony’s College to lead its North American Studies Programme, an initiative to explore the connections between the states and societies of the North American region, broadly defined as extending from the Arctic to Central America and the Caribbean.  In 2016, I became director of the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford’s centre for the study of the history, politics, and literature of the United States.

  • Associate Professor in Anthropology and Development; LAC Associate Member

    Since I came back to Oxford as a lecturer, I have divided my time between the Department of International Development, where I introduce students to social and cultural anthropology; the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME), where I collaborate with my colleague Elizabeth Ewart and supervise students interested in the indigenous cultures of lowland South America; the LAC, where I talk about indigenous peoples, their rights, and environmental governance; and my college, Linacre, where I support student efforts to lead the university on a low carbon development path.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College; LAC Associate Member

    Laurence Whitehead is a Senior Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and until 2015 was Senior Fellow of the College.  During 2005/6 he served as Acting Warden there.  In 2011/2 he served as Senior Proctor of the University.  

Admin - School Administrator

  • Head of Administration and Finance

    I joined SIAS as Head of Administration and Finance in March 2016. I moved from New Zealand in 2004 and have been working at the University of Oxford ever since. Prior to joining SIAS I was with the Medical Sciences Division for twelve years.  

Admin - Academic Administration

  • Sarah Dewick
    Academic Co-Ordinator

    I have been working at SIAS since March 2012 where I was initially involved with central School administration and finance. I moved to the role of Administrator for the Contemporary South Asia Studies Programme in August 2013 and in to the post of Academic Co-Ordinator in January 2016. Here I am responsible primarily for managing the School's admissions and graduate studies administration.

  • Latin American Centre Admissions Secretary

    I started working at the Latin American Centre (LAC), which I call the Happy Centre, in October 1988. The centre was then based in 21 Winchester Rd, had only 3 fellows and was running two courses with a small number of students (average 6). Today we are in 1 Church Walk, have 7 fellows attached to the centre and are running 3 courses with a larger number of students (average 25). During the years I have had the opportunity to meet and help so many students, visitors, recognised students, some of which are working with big firms/government all around the world.

Admin - Centre Administrator

  • Administrator at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

    I joined the Nissan Institute of Japanese in December 1998 and I am the Administrator for the MSc and MPhil programme in Japanese Studies.  In 2004 the Institute came under the umbrella of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS).

  • Lucy Driver
    Latin American Centre Administrator

    I joined the LAC in February 2016 from SOAS where I had coordinated a project to promote language-based area studies. Before that, I worked at the University of Oxford China Centre. I have a background in Spanish, and recently completed an MA in Translation Studies.


  • REES Administrator (part-time)

    I recently joined REES as a part-time administrator, responsible for the smooth running of the MSc and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies. Prior to this I worked for SIAS at the China Centre. Before coming to Oxford to complete my MA in History at Oxford Brookes I worked for the University of the Arts London.

  • REES & CEELBAS (Oxford) Administrator

    I moved from the Secretariat at the Learning and Skills Council in Gloucestershire to assist the Head of Administration and Finance at SIAS in October 2004. I moved within the department in 2007 to the role of Administrator for the MSc and MPhil in REES.

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    Telephone: 01865 274694