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Teaching Faculty

 

All of our subject courses are headed by current or former Oxbridge Fellows, with seminars, tutorials and workshops delivered by Oxbridge alumni or academics

 

All Varsity Academics 2014-17

 

Business & Management

Lord Eatwell

Professor Emeritus of Financial Policy at Judge Business School, Cambridge University
President of Queens’ College, Cambridge University

Lord Eatwell is both an economist and an academic, and has held the post of President of Queens’ College since 1997. In 1988, along with Lord Hollick, he founded one of Britain’s leading think-tanks; the Institute for Public Policy Reseach. He later served as chief economic advisor to Neil Kinnock, the former leader of the Labour Party between 1985-1992. In academia, Lord Eatwell has been a teaching fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Professor at a number of universities’ in Europe and the America.

Mathematics & Engineering

Dr Samuel Vinko

Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford University

Dr Vinko attended the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy and completed his Doctorate in Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford University.   He specialises in the theoretical and experimental study of matter in extreme conditions and teaches both Physics and Mathematics to undergraduates. Over the past few years, Dr Vinko has been a lecturer at Trinity College and Merton College and has also been a college tutor at both Magdelen College and St John’s College.

Professor Suby Bhattacharya

Visiting Fellow and Senior Lecturer at University of Bristol
Academic Visitor at Department of Engineering, Oxford University

Prof Bhattacharya holds the Chair in Geomechanics at the University of Surrey and is also an Academic Visitor at Oxford University. He has recently published a number of articles in a leading engineering journal and specialises in the kinematic bending moments in piles in layered soils during earthquakes. Prior to taking up his current post, he was a Lecturer at both Lady Margaret Hall and Brasenose College.

Politics & Economics

Dr Harald Wydra

College Fellow and director of HSPS at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge University

Dr Wydra was educated at the Universities of Resgenburg, Germany and Salamanca, Spain before undertaking a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. Dr Wydra has been teaching politics at Cambridge since 2003 and is a co-founder and editor of the journal International Political Anthropology.

English Law

Dr Josephine van Zeben

Career Development Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford University

Dr van Zeben studied law at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Amsterdam, Harvard University and University College Utrecht.  Before coming to Oxford, Josephine taught Environmental Regulation at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland and now teaches EU and Public Law at a number of Oxford colleges. Dr van Zeben has recently published a book on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

Dr Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan

Fellow and Director of Studies at Kings College, Cambridge University

History

Dr Warren Dockter

Junior Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University (until 2016)
Archives By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University (until 2016)

Dr Dockter is a leading specialist in Winston Churchill’s life and has published numerous papers and books on the subject. He was an Admissions Tutor at Churchill College, Cambridge and teaches history at a number of Cambridge colleges. His work on Churchill and the Middle East has led to his designing of courses at the Universities of Exeter, Worcester and Nottingham.

English Literature

Dr Sally Bayley

Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University
Research and Teaching Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University

Dr Bayley is a college tutor at Balliol and St Hugh’s Colleges and has written extensively on visual responses to literature. She has also recently completed a book of narrative non-fiction, The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets. Significantly, Dr Bayley has worked closely with poets, visual artists, playwrights and composers to create the award winning play; written by Elisabeth Gray, titled I Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath. This play has been translated into several languages and re-staged all over the world.

Dr David Tolley

Tutor at Hertford College, Oxford University
Tutor in Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University

Dr Tolley has been a College Lecturer in English at Hertford college since 2004 and specialises in Shakespeare and Drama. His research interests revolve around performance studies and theatre history both in early and modern British drama. Dr Tolley is also a Tutor at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art and explores the interplay between art, literature and film.

Biological Sciences

Dr Craig MacLean

Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University
Fellow at Merton College, Oxford University

Dr MacLean teaches cell biology and genetics to undergraduates in a number of colleges and also runs a lab at the university. The MacLean lab specialises in the evolutionary processes that are behind the spread and maintenance of resistance in pathogenic bacteria. Over the next few years Dr Maclean will look to analyse and better understand the evolutionary drivers of resistance.

Philosophy

Dr Steven Methven

David Mitchell Fellow and Tutor at Worcester College, Oxford

Dr Methven completed his PHD at Oxford University before becoming a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College. He specialises in analytical philosophy and philosophical logic and teaches extensively on the Mathematics, Philosophy and Psychology undergraduate degrees at a number of colleges in Oxford. He has recently released a book on Frank Ramsey’s philosophical development and the “realistic spirit”.

Dr Ori Beck

Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge University

Dr Beck has been a Junior Research Fellow at Christs’ College since 2015 and specialises in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, and philosophy of perception. He teaches a variety of undergraduate papers, from Logic to the Concepts of Human Nature and has published a wide range of books and journals, both in the areas of Philosophy and Criminology.

Physical Sciences

Dr Elisa Chisari

Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University

Dr Chisari completed her PHD at Princeton University, USA and is the Dennis Sciama Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. She specialises in Cosmology and studies the intrinsic alignment of galaxies. Specifically Dr Chisari looks at the tides across the universe which change the orientations and shape of galaxies through looking at large scale structures of the universe.

Dr Rupert Allison

Tutor at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University

Dr Allison undertook his undergraduate and Masters degree in Natural Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge University before moving to Oxford University to complete his PHD in Astrophysics. He is now a tutor at Cambridge and specialises in cosmology, supervising students in Relativity and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.

Medicine

Dr Lisa Walker

Fellow in Medical Sciences, Balliol College, Oxford University
Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

Dr Walker is a practising clinician and a consultant in clinical genetics at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford. She trained at UCL, Cambridge and Great Ormond Street and is now Head of Cancer Genetics for the Oxford Regional Genetics Service, covering a population of 3.5 million. She received an Oxford University Medical School Teaching Excellence Award for her tutoring of medical students at Oxford University.

International Relations

Dr Emanuel Coman

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University(until 2016)
Departmental Lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University (until 2016)

Dr Coman was educated in Iowa, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Oxford in 2012 to teach. He specialises in comparative politics and methodology and teaches both international relations and politics at Corpus Christi College. Dr Coman has held a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship at Nuffield since 2012 and has published a number of articles on Electoral Proportionality.

Dr Mano Toth

Tutor at Department of Politics, Cambridge University

Dr Toth specialises in the concept of European memory and how it is perceived and interpreted in EU institutions. He has supervised students across a number of Politics and International Relations modules. Dr Toth is also currently a Principal Examiner for Cambridge Assessments and in the past has written test items and marked the Thinking Skills Assessment and the BioMedical Admissions Test.

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