Alumni Updates - MT13

Alumni Updates - MT13


Dr Alex Stummvoll (MPhil International Relations, 2005)

As of 1 September 2013, Alex Stummvoll is Post-doctoral Fellow and Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Instituto de Ciencia Politica at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, the hometown of his wife Carolina. Their son Lucas Karl was born on 23 January 2012.

Dr Adolf Nm (DPhil Geography, 2002)  

In January 2013, Adolf Ng was appointed Associate Professor at the Department of Supply Chain Management, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada.

  Dr Agustín Basave (DPhil Latin American Studies, 1985)  

Agustín Basave was among other things Congressman or MP (1991-1993) and Ambassador of Mexico in Ireland (2001-2004). He published 7 books (my D. Phil. thesis included, the latest called Mexicanidad y esquizofrenia, 2011), and currently he is working at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) as Dean for External Relations.

Dr Alvaro Herrero (DPhil Politics, 2002)  

Alvaro Herrero was distinguished as Civic Innovator of the Americas by the magazine Americas Quarterly (published by the Council of the Americas).

Dr Andrea Molinari (MPhil Economics, 1998)

Dr Molinari is currently working as a Senior Advisor for the Japanese, Argentinean, Austrian, Brazilian and Saudi Arabian joint Chair at the African Development Bank (temporarily based in Tunis, Tunisia). 

Annelies Blom (MPhil European Politics and Society, 2001)  

"In September 2012, Annelies Blom (MPhil European Politics and Society, 2001) became Assistant Professor for Methods of Empirical Social Research at the University of Mannheim, Germany. She is Principal Investigator of the German Internet Panel, a longitudinal online survey representative of the general population situated within the Collaborative Research Centre "Political Economy of Reforms" and conducts research in the areas of survey methodology."  

Andrea Nüsse (MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 1989)  

After many years as correspondent in the Middle East, Andrea Nüsse left journalism to head the offices of the German foundation Friedrich Naumann for Freedom in Morocco and Algeria and she is currently based in Rabat.

Andrei Garbuz

MSc Russian & Eurasian Studies, 2004

Andrei is working for the healthcare distribution business Green Park Medical in South East Asia. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Anne-France White (MPhil European Politics and Society, 2001)

Anne-France moved to Goma (eastern Congo) four months ago for a new job with the UN as Humanitarian Affairs Officer with the UN. Here is a hand-drawn map of Goma that she did for her blog.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin (Mphil International Relations, 1992)

Rabbi Asher Lopatin was appointed President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT). YCT trains men to be religious leaders, and its graduates work in synagogues, schools, hospitals and universities. Rabbi Lopatin and his family reside in Riverdale, NY

Dr Michael Benson (DPhil Modern History, 1991)

Michael Benson was recently named the 12th President of Eastern Kentucky University. Michael also holds the rank of Professor of Government at EKU.

Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora (DPhil Politics, 1997) 

Kevin Casas-Zamora was recently appointed Secretary for Political Affairs at the Organization of American States, in Washington, DC. He and Simone Bunse (St Edmund Hall / Nuffield, MPhil / DPhil in Politics, ‘98) are the proud parents of Annalena (born in 2008) and Simón Felipe Casas-Bunse (born in 2011). He has just published The Besieged Polis: Citizen Security and Democracy in Latin America (Brookings Institution / Organization of Americas States, 2013) and, as editor, Dangerous Liaisons: Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America and beyond (Brookings Institution Press, 2013).

Dr Christian Thorun (DPhil International Relations, 2001)

Christian Thorun has recently been appointed Professor at the Quadriga University of Applied Science in Berlin, Germany.

Dr Christian Leitz (DPhil Modern European History, 1989)

In addition to his role as Head, Corporate Responsibility Management at UBS, Christian also took over the role of Head of the UBS Historical Archives last year.

Cleon Catsambis and Leni Wild (Global Governance and Diplomacy, 2007; Global Governance and Diplomacy, 2007)

Leni Wild and Cleon Catsambis  are delighted to announce their marriage. The wedding was held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn on 20 July 2013. Leni is now a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute and Cleon is a barrister at 39 Essex Street Chambers. They live in London and keep in regular contact with fellow Antonians."

Dr David Hall-Matthews (DPhil Modern History, 1994)

Dr David Hall-Matthews married Liz Davidson in Winchester in October 2012. Their son Barnaby was born on 2 March 2013. David is the Managing Director of Publish What You Fund, the global campaign for aid transparency.

Dr Dov Zakheim (DPhil Economics and Politics, 1970)

Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense, was recently appointed by Speaker of the House John Boehner to the Military Compensation and Personnel Reform Commission. He previously was a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, which completed its work in September 2011. His book A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan (Brookings, 2011) was recently reissued in paperback.

Eliza Reid (MSt Modern History, 1994)

Eliza Reid is co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat, a series of writing workshops and cultural events that will bring aspiring and published authors to Reykjavik in April 2014. Birth announcement: Edda Margret Reid was born in Reykjavik on 20 August, 2013. 

Esi Agyeman (MSc African Studies, 2010)

Peter Markeeo Gillo proposed to Egi on 20 January 2013 at the Green Ball, one of the many balls held in Washington, D.C. in honor of the American Presidential Inauguration. She will be having her traditional Ugandan engagement ceremony (i.e. Kwanjula) in Uganda on December 21st, where she will introduce Peter and his family to my family. In August 2014 they will get married in the states. In October 2013, Egi accepted the offer to be a Program Coordinator for SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game. She continues to be involved in Africana Studies issues through an intellectually driven relationship blog-site, titled "Sngle-Mndedness".

Dr Eugene Mazo (DPhil Politics, 1997)

Eugene Mazo  joined the faculty of the School of Law at Wake Forest University in North Carolina in July 2013.

Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon (DPhil African Studies, 1987)

Geeta Kingdon recently became the President of the Board of the City Montessori School, Lucknow, India, which is the world's largest school (according to the Guinness Book) with currently 47,000 students. She continues to serve part time as Chair of Education Economics and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London.

George Gigauri (MSc Forced Migration, 2002)

As of July 2013, George Gigauri (MSc 2003) has been appointed as the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Hao Wang (DPhil International Relations, 1988)

Dr Hao Wang joined the Bank of China International recently as Global Head of Institutional Sales.

Professor Hayden Bellenoit (DPhil Modern History, 2001)

Hayden Bellenoit and his wife Sara Vakhshouri gave birth to their first child, Noor Sophia Bellenoit in April 2013. 

Dr Hilary Winchester (DPhil Social Studies, 1974)

Prof Hilary Winchester took up appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research) at Central Queensland University in August 2012. She was the recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award in 2011 and has been invited to the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Authority Register of Experts. She is also a Quality Auditor for a number of other national bodies including Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.

Isaac Kardon (MPhil Oriental Studies, 2007)

Isaac is now a PhD Candidate in Government at Cornell University and an Affiliated Scholar at NYU Law's US-Asia Law Institute for Fall 2013, where he is working on his PhD dissertation on China's maritime disputes. Beginning in December, he will be a Visiting Fellow at the PRC National Institute for South China Sea Studies on Hainan island (also known as "China's Hawaii"). Next summer, he'll be in America's Hawaii doing a research internship with the US Pacific Command Staff Directorate of Strategic Planning and Policy (J-5).

Juan David Gutierrez (MSc Public Policy in Latin America, 2010)

Juan got married on March 16 with Diana Dajer.

Jeffrey Kahn (MPhil Russian and East European Studies, 1994)

Jeffrey Kahn and his wife Dr. LaiYee Leong are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Nadia KaiYi Galen Kahn, who was born on October 11, 2012

Jörg Michael Dostal (DPhil Politics, 2000)

Jörg has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University. He has joined the editorial board of the 'Zeitschrift der Koreanisch-Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenschaften', Asia's only German-language social science journal. He recently finished his first Marathon race after more than 30 years of regular running in preparation for the event.

Dr Judith Catherine Clifton (DPhil Political Economy, 1997)

Dr Clifton organised the World Economy Meeting, Santander, University of Cantabria, in June 2013, together with Daniel Díaz-Fuentes, formerly Senior Visiting Fellow at St Antony´s College

Jürgen Dunsch (MPhil Politics, 1973)

Jürgen Dunsch has prolonged his contract with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". He will now be Correspondent for Switzerland based in Zürich until November 2014.

 Dr Kozo Ueda (DPhil Economics, 2002) 

In April 2013, April 2013, Kozo Ueda became Associate Professor at the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University.

Katelyn Leader (MPhil Development Studies, 2011)

 Katelyn is currently a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Haiti, where she will be working for Haiti's Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation. The Fulbright-Clinton fellowship is in its second year and involves working for a host country government and conducting independent research over a 10-month period. She had the opportunity to meet Former Secretary Hillary Clinton at the official renaming of the fellowship (from Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship to Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship); in the picture, she is the fourth from right in the middle row. She was awarded this fellowship, inter alia, because of her MPhil in Development Studies research, conducted in Haiti last summer (2012) on post-earthquake rural migration.

Kate Orkin (MPhil Development Studies, 2007)

Kate Orkin has been appointed as Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, from October 2013. 

Leland Miller (MSt Modern History, 1999)

Leland and Ingrid  welcomed their first child, Helena Catherine, on July 24th. She is looking forward to becoming St. Antony's first-ever triple legacy (following Leland, '00, and his father, Marshall Lee Miller, '67).

Lisa Welze (DPhil Anthropology, 2003)

Lisa Welze and her husband Sebastien and I welcomed twin girls (Aspen and Willow) in April of this year. Second, I will be taking up the position of Director of the Sacramento office of the International Rescue Committee beginning in September.

Lorena Ruano (MPhil International Relations, 1995)

Lorena Ruano was appointed Director of the Department of International Studies at CIDE, Mexico City, on April 15, 2013.

Marianne Scordel (MSt Politics, 1998)

Financial News voted Marianne Scordel (’98) one of the "40 under 40 hedge fund rising stars" in Europe. This is the second year she has been given this award for Bougeville Consulting, the business she founded in 2009 to provide hedge funds with business strategy services.

Dr Marisa Wilson (DPhil Social Anthropology, 2009)

Marisa recently became a Chancellor's Fellow at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.  Before, she was a lecturer in human geography at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (2009-2013).  She also has a book coming out in October, entitled “Everyday Moral Economies: Food, Politics and Scale in Cuba” (2013. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).

Mark Dvorak (MPhil Development Studies, 2003)

In his Directorship of BSR's global healthcare practice, Mark Dvorak-Little has brought together 13 pharmaceutical industry CEOs to sign the Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare--an industry framework and call to action for companies expand access to healthcare among populations most in need.

Martina Vandenberg (MPhil Russian & East European Studies, 1990) 

Martina Vandenberg has founded The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C.

Matt Stone (MSc Global Governance & Diplomacy, 2008)

Matt Stone was recently appointed the 2013-14 Ian Davis Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the in-house macroeconomics think tank of McKinsey & Company. The fellowship is awarded to one consultant each year.  

Professor Matteo Legrenzi (DPhil International Relations, 1997)

Matteo Legrenzi (MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, DPhil International Relations), who is currently an associate professor at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, has been elected President of the Italian Association for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO). His term will start in January, 2014 and last for three years.

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce (DPhil International Relations, 2002)

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce has recently joined SOAS, University of London as a Lecturer in International Political Economy. His first book, Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Dr Maxim Bouev (DPhil Economics, 1999)

In 2012 after 7.5 years in the City of London, Maxim took up an academic job at the Department of Economics in the European University at St Petersburg, to head the Department and work on internationalisation of the University.

Michaël Tatham (MPhil European Politics and Society, 2004)

Since September 2012, Michaël Tatham has become editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Regional and Federal and Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Professor Michael Freeden (DPhil Politics, 1969)

Since reaching retirement age as Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford in 2011, Michael accepted a part-time research professorship at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham in 2013, following which a Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies was opened there. In 2012 he received two awards: The Medal for Science, Institute of Advanced Studies, Bologna University; and the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies of the UK Political Studies Association.

Dr Michael Petrou (DPhil Modern History, 2002)

Michael Petrou (Dphil, Modern History, 2002) is currently working as a foreign correspondent at Maclean’s magazine in Canada. He has also published his second book: “Is This Your First War? Travels Through the Post-9/11 Islamic World”. (Dundurn Press, 2012).

Mira Comara Alexander and Ted Alexander (MSc Russian & EE Studies, 2006; MPhil Economics, 2005)

Mira Comara and Ted Alexander, both fellow Antonians, got married at the Bodleian Library on 8th September 2012.

Mirela Bogdani (MPhil Politics, 2006)

Mirela received the Professor Associate title from the University of Tirana (Institute of European Studies) in January 2013.

Nathaniel Harper (MSc Anthropology, 2010)

As of 11 May 2013, Nate has married to his wife, Kiri Harper. They are now working in Cairo, Egypt.

Nicholas Mead

MPhil Latin American Studies, 1994

Nicholas recently returned to Australia after living with his family for five years in Montreal.  He says: “There was only so much snow an Australian could shovel!”

Owen Bennet-Jones

MPhil Politics, 1983  

After a semester teaching at Princeton University, Owen Bennett-Jones continues to work for the BBC and other media outlets and has written a political thriller entitled: Target Britain.

Professor Patience Alexandra Schell

DPhil Modern History, 1994

Patience Schell has been appointed Chair in Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen. In 2013, her monograph, The Sociable Sciences: Darwin and his Contemporaries in Chile, was published.

Peter Harris

MPhil International Relations, 1975  

Peter Harris is currently a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, Nanjing (Nanking), China, teaching courses on traditional Chinese governance and ethics and the translation of classical Chinese. His most recent assignment before that was as Project Director of a USAID-funded initiative to improve the accountability of the DPR (House of Representatives) in Jakarta Indonesia.'

Professor Peter Katjavivi

DPhil Politics, 1996  

Professor Katjavivi is currently the Government Chief Whip in the Namibian Parliament, as well as one of Namibia's representatives and head of delegation to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP).

Peter Truell

MPhil Politics, 1977  

Peter Truell is currently Global Director of Communications at Elliott Management Corporation,        provide communications strategy and leadership for Elliott and its portfolio managers.                                                                                    

Ré Phillips

MPhil Development Studies, 2001  

Ré Phillips has been named one of the top ten black students in the UK. She was presented the accolade at the 2013 Rare Rising Stars award ceremony at the House of Commons. Phillips was commended for her political activism and artistic contributions in the Palestine-Israel conflict, cultural preservation in the Sudan, and human rights activism in India and China.

Dr Rebecca Steinfeld

DPhil Politics, 2006  

Rebecca was selected as one of only 10 BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2013, and will be broadcasting her research on Radio 3 throughout the year.

Professor Reuben Wong

MPhil European Politics & Society, 1999  

Reuben Wong would like to announce his JM Professorship, effective 1 Sep 2013, and the birth of his fourth child, Enzo Jen-Kai Wong, on 11 June.

Richard Horton

MPhil Modern European History, 2003

Richard Horton (2003) and Rhiannon Everett were married on Thursday 11 April 2013 in Rye, East Sussex. They were joined by fellow Antonians Jeppe Sorensen (2003), Sam Sims (2003), Fiona Howie (2003), Mike Clark (2002), Gosia Gorska (visiting student), Ivan Pearson (2003), Milos Danmjanovic (2004), Jess Bryan (2004), Toby Pringle (2004) and Mhairi Guild (2004).

Ryan Williams

MSc Latin American Studies, 2003

Ryan Williams is currently practicing law in Phoenix, Arizona at the law firm of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite specializing in litigation and electronic discovery. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he spent five years working in politics in the U.S. for a number of campaigns, most notably for Senator John McCain's presidential and senatorial races as well as for the Republican National Committee.

Professor Roger Owen

DPhil Middle Eastern Studies, 1960

Roger Owen officially retired from Harvard as of 1 January 2013 but, happily, was allowed to keep his office and to continue teaching and advising as a Professor Emeritus. He continues to write and to comment on the contemporary Middle East via interviews and a fornightly column for the Arabic Newspaper, Al-Hayat. He is also at work on a history of the development of Modern Middle East Studies as a separate intellectual field within the area studies family.   

Saagarika Dadu and Rory Brown

MPhil Modern South Asian Studies, 2008 and MSc Diplomacy, 2008

Saagarika and Rory moved to Afghanistan after graduating and have recently moved to Nairobi, Kenya. Theye were married in two separate ceremonies - one in Pune, India and one in St Mary's Church, Chidham, West Sussex. Their wedding was attended by a number of Antonians including Nalini Biggs, Elena Schak, Christine Murphy, Katherine Vyborny, Sarah Grey, Adam Berry and Chana Hoffmitz.

Saumya Saxena

MSc Contemporary India, 2010  

After completing her degree in MSc Contemporary India, Saumya started the MPhil-PhD programme at the University of Cambridge, faculty of History researching broadly, the subject of a uniform civil law in the context of India’s plural democracy, addressing the question of gender rights. During the course of her research Saumya worked on the panel of the ‘Justice Verma Committee’ (January 2013) on criminal law amendment for addressing rape and other crimes against women in India.

Sebastien Brack

MPhil International Relations, 1999

After running a successful campaign for a French MP, Sebastian Brack joined the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva in the summer of 2012 as a political affairs officer. He works on peace and security issues, returning to many of the countries where he served as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross from 2002 to 2011 in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He has just got engaged. You can see him in this picture at the Elysée Palace with Kofi Annan and President Hollande.

Siddik Bakir

MPhil Modern Middle Easter Studies, 2011

Siddik is delighted to announce the arrival of my baby daughter Samaya, who is now almost one year old. Siddik is currently working as a Middle East Energy Analyst at IHS World Markets Energy in London

Solano Jose Savio Da Silva

MPhil in Development Studies, 2008  

Solano Da Silva married Valerie Maria Ana Monteiro on 31 May 2013, and is current a Lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Management at the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS-Pilani) K. K. Birla Goa Campus.

Dr Stephen Andes

DPhil Modern History, 2010

Stephen started a tenure-track position at Louisiana State University in 2012, and has published a book titled, The Vatican and Catholic Activism in Mexico and Chile: The Politics of Transnational Catholicism, 1920-1940 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). He and his wife Sarilyn welcomed a daughter (Opal) in March 2012, and will be expecting a second child in December 2013.

Dr Stephen Ellis

DPhil History, 1976  

Stephen Ellis has been living in Amsterdam for the last 23 years and is now Desmond Tutu professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.  Last year he published a new book, External Mission: the ANC in Exile, 1960-1990. 

Dr Susan Henders (DPhil Politics, 1993)

Susan Henders and co-author, Dr. Mary Young, have been awarded the 2012 Maureen Appel Molot Best Paper Prize by the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal for their article “ ‘Other diplomacies’ and the making of Canada­-Asia relations” (Vol. 18, Issue 2).

Thomas Andrew O’Keefe (MPhil Latin American Studies, 1992)

Thomas Andrew O’Keefe became Chair of the Western Hemisphere Area Studies program at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., effective February 25, 2013.

Timothy Riley and Priya Shankar

MSt Modern History, 2005 and MSt Modern History, 2005

Timothy and Priya, both Antonians, are getting married in Delhi in December 2013.

Thais Bessa and Benjamin Mackenzie-Grieve

MSc Forced Migration, 2007; MSc Latin American Studies, 2007.

Benjamin, Thais and their daughter Isabella (3 years) have welcomed their second daughter,  Lia Valerie Bessa Mackenzie-Grieve, born on 28 August 2013.

Dr Tracy Beck Fenwick and Dr Rolando Ochoa

DPhil Politics, 2004; DPhil Sociology, 2004

Tracy and Rolando are pleased to announce the birth of their son. Samuel Beck was born on July 6th, 2012 in Montreal, Canada. He joins his brother Felix Pedro, now 3. Tracy began a new three year post at the Australian National University, as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Politics and at the Australian National Centre of Latin American Studies, thanks to a kind nomination from Oxford's Latin American Centre. Rolando is now a Senior Researcher at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Prevention of Crime at Griffith University. Tracy continues to research federalism and social policy in Latin America, and Rolando continues to explore the mechanisms of kidnapping in the region and now in the Asia Pacific.

Yoo Jung Ha MPhil Development Studies, 2003  

In October 2012, Yoo Jung joined the York Management School, University of York, UK, as Lecturer in International Business.