Alumni Updates - MT14

Alumni Updates - MT14


Dr Sarah Ababneh and Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla (DPhil Politics, 2004 and DPhil Oriental Studies, 2008)

Sara Ababneh (DPhil 2004-2009), Shadaab Rahemtulla (DPhil 2008-2013) and Leila Rahemtulla-Ababneh welcomed baby Ali to their family on 22 February 2014. All live in Amman, Jordan where Shadaab is assistant professor at the School of International Studies at the University of Jordan and Sara is assistant professor at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan. 

Dr Niaz Asadullah (DPhil Economics, 1999)

Dr M Niaz Asadullah has moved from Reading University to Kuala Lumpur to take up a professorship in the University of Malaya.

Dr Charles Asher Small (DPhil Anthropology, 1988)

Charles Asher Small is the Koret Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University;  He is also the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) headquartered in New York City.  ISGAP runs seminars and academic programming at McGill University, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia University, Sapienza in Rome, and is opening a programme at the CNRS and the Sorbonne in Paris.  Charles recently completed a six Volume book entitled Global Antisemitism a Crisis of Modernity.   He also published a book entitled Social Theory:  a historical analysis of canadian socio-cultural policies, race and the other.  Charles resides in New York and Palo Alto.  

Mr William Attwell (MSc African Studies, 2008)

William Attwell in May joined global advisory firm Oxford Analytica as Africa Analyst. He was previously Principal Analyst in the Office of the Executive Mayor of Cape Town where he was responsible for economic policy. William recently published an article on the rise of cities in international affairs in the journal Global Policy.

Professor Alexander Betts (DPhil Development Studies, 2003)

Professor Alexander Betts has now been appointed Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University.

Ms Katherine Bruce-Lockhart (MSc African Studies, 2012)

Katherine Bruce-Lockhart has just finished the first year of her PhD in History at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Her master's research on the detention of Mau Mau women in Kenya has recently been published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies, in an article entitled, “Unsound” minds and broken bodies: the detention of “hardcore” Mau Mau women at Kamiti and Gitamayu Detention Camps in Kenya, 1954–1960.  This year, Katherine will be based in Kampala, Uganda, where she will be carrying out linguistic training connected to her PhD research, which examines prisons in colonial and early post-colonial Uganda.

Dr Jonathan Brunstedt (DPhil Modern History, MPhil Russian and East European Studies, 2003)

Jonathan Brunstedt has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of European History at Utah State University. He has also been awarded an IARO Fellowship from the International Research & Exchanges Board.

Professor Judith Catherine Clifton (DPhil Politics, 1993)

Judith Clifton has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellowship to research and lecture at Cornell University for Fall 2014. She will work alongside Professor Mildred Warner on the infrastructure crisis in the US and Europe.

Dr Ian Cooper (DPhil Politics, 2007)

Dr Cooper got married in 2010 and now has three beautiful children. He taught at St. John's College, Oxford, after graduation and will shortly be moving to the University of Cambridge.

Professor Eurico de Lima Figueiredo (MSc Latin American Studies, 1974)

Eurico is Full Professor of Strategic Studies and International Relations and Director of the Strategic Studies Institute of Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr Sarah Deardorff Miller (MSc Forced Migration, 2008)

Sarah welcomed a baby girl, Hannah, born on 3 May 2014 in Washington DC.

Dr Alexandra Delhano (DPhil Politics, 2003)

Alexandra obtained a Fulbright grant this year. It is the Fulbright-Carlos Rico Scholar Award for North American Studies. Also, her second child, Max,  was born in 2013.

Mr Jonathan Dingel (MPhil Economics, 2006)

Jonathan Dingel earned his PhD in Economics from Columbia University and became an assistant professor of economics at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was recently awarded the 2014 World Trade Organization Essay Award for Young Economists

Dr Jürgen Dunsch (Politics, 1973)

Jürgen Dunsch will retire as Swiss correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the end of October. In future he is going to work as a freelance journalist with particular emphasis on economic developments in Switzerland.

Mr Francis Ghilès (BLitt Economic History, 1969)

Francis is working at CIDOB in Barcelona where he is senior research fellow, focusing especially on the politics of oil and gas in Algeria and Libya. He has recently joined Perim Associates (San Francisco), a consultancy of business affaires.

Mr George Gigauri (MSc in Forced Migration, 2002)

George Gigauri is currently serving as the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Nicole Giles (DPhil International Relations and MPhil Russian and Eurasian Studies, 1999)

Dr Nicole Giles (née Evans) was appointed Canada's High Commissioner to  Guyana, Ambassador to Suriname and Representative Plenipotentiary to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in July 2013.  She is the first female High Commissioner in Guyana, and will be serving in Guyana until August 2015.

Professor Carol Graham (DPhil Political Economy, 1987)

Carol Graham was recognized by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOL) with a research fellow award for "substantial contribution to quality-of-life research”.

Dr Agnia Grigas (MPhil International Relations, 2006)

Dr Grigas has recently written for the CNN and the Cicero Foundation on Russia's military resurgence in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and the resulting risks for other European states. She has also been a frequent guest on CCTV reporting live from Los Angeles.

Mr John James (MSc African Studies, 2005)

From October, John will be moving to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to work as a communications specialist for UNICEF.

Professor Henrietta Harrison (DPhil Oriental Studies, 1992)

Professor Harrison has been elected to the British Academy.

Mr Nathaniel Harper (MPhil Social and Cultural Anthropology, 2010)

Nathaniel is now Country Representative in Yemen for World Relief Deutschland.

Ambassador Jorge Heine (Visiting Fellow, 1984)

Jorge Heine, CIGI Professor of Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario, has been appointed a Wilson Center Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) in Washington DC. Jorge is spending his 2013-2014 sabbatical year as a United Nations Research Fellow at the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, working on a project on Indo-Latin American relations.

Ms Xuan-Trang Ho (MPhil Latin American Studies, 2006)

Ms Ho accepted an offer to be a Research and Evaluation Specialist for the UNICEF India Country Office starting in September 2014. She will be based in New Delhi with her husband.

Professor Jeffrey Kahn (DPhil Politics, 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 in October 2012. In September 2014, Professor Kahn was appointed “Professor of Law” at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

Dr Chimène Keitner (DPhil International Relations, 1998)

Dr Keitner was awarded the Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she is a tenured professor. She was also elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) and appointed as an Adviser on Sovereign Immunity for the ALI's Fourth Restatement of U.S. Foreign Relations Law. Her current research focuses on individual responsibility under international law, including questions related to extraterritorial jurisdiction and official immunities.

Ms Naomi Kikoler (MSc Forced Migration, 2002)

In November Naomi will start a new job as the Deputy Executive Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Dr Paul Kingston (DPhil Political Economy, 1986)

Paul was appointed Director, Center for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is also an Associate Professor, Political Science and International Development Studies (IDS).

Ms Anna Komheden (MPhil European Studies, 2000)

Anna Komheden is working as a EU2020 Policy Officer & European Social Fund programme Officer at the Directorate-General for Employment of the European Commission, Brussels. Previously she was a political attaché at the British Embassy in Stockholm. Anna married Peter Coyet in 2010 and they have two children, Isolde (b. 2011) and Harald (b. 2013).

Mr Vivek Krishnamurthy (MPhil International Relations, 2002)

Vivek started a new position as a Clinical Instructor in the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School.

Dr Katerina Lagos (DPhil History, 2001)

Dr Lagos was promoted to Full Professor at California State University, Sacramento.  She was also selected as the College of Arts and Letters awardee for 'Oustanding Community Service'. Finally, she was elected to the Executive Board of the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Miss Katelyn Leader (MPhil Development Studies, 2011)

In July, Katelyn Leader completed her year as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow at the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation in Haiti. Serving as a Special Assistant in the Office of Territorial Planning and Local and Regional Development, she carried out research on post-earthquake urban expansion and, more specifically, a territory that went from uninhabited to hosting approximately 100,000 people in four years. For the secondary independent research component of the fellowship, Katelyn conducted follow-up research on her Oxford MPhil work, which focussed on urban to rural migration in central Haiti.

Professor André Liebich (Academic Visitor, 2010)

Andre Liebich was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Babes-Bolyai University at a ceremony held in Cluj, Romania in November 2013.

Dr Rainer Liedtke (DPhil Modern History, 1991)

From October 2014 Dr Liedtke will occupy the Chair in European History at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Ms Anne Lippitt Doherty (MSc Global Governance & Diplomacy, 2010)

Anne Lippitt Doherty graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in May and married Timothy Sean Doherty on May 25, 2014 in Virginia. She will be starting as a law clerk in the New York office of the law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP in October.

Dr Priyanca Mathur Velath (MSc Refugee Studies, 2002)

Dr Priyanca Mathur Velath, M.Sc Refugee Studies 2002-2003, St.Antony's College, is Assistant Professor, Master's Department of Political Science, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, India.

Ms Gayle McGrattan Bowen (née McGrattan) (MPhil European Politics and Society, 2000)

Gayle was recently made a partner in Walkers Global law firm.

Mr Daniel Morgan (MPhil Oriental Studies, 2011)

Daniel is now in the now in the PhD programme at the University of Chicago (Dept. of South Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Dr Hamish Nixon (DPhil Politics, 1998)

Hamish Nixon recently moved back to the UK after ten years of field based development work in Afghanistan, Myanmar, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. He has joined the Overseas Development Institute in London as a Research Fellow in Politics and Governance. Hamish looks forward to reconnecting with Antonians in the UK.

Ms Nozomi Okuyama-Smith (MPhil European Politics and Society, 1994)

A group of Antonians commemorated 20 years since starting at Oxford by meeting up where it all began, at 25/26 Winchester Road. Though they all now live scattered around the world, it was great to reminisce over the days where they shared one communal telephone, kitchen and showers between them. They enjoyed a few days of punting, picnics, walking along the canals and wondering where the years have gone... 

Dr Kerem Otkem (DPhil Oriental Studies, 2000)

After having spent almost 14 years at St Antony’s College, Dr Otkem will be assuming a new position in Austria as of September as Professor for Southeast European Studies and Modern Turkey at the University of Graz, Centre of Southeast European Studies. 

Dr Justin Pearce (MSc African Studies and DPhil Politics, 2006)

Justin Pearce was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Research Associateship at St John's College, Cambridge. He will use the three-year award to study the contemporary politics of Angola and Mozambique. 

Dr Ivan Pearson and Dr Gosia Pearson (DPhil International Relations, 2005 and VS International Relations, 2005)

Ivan Pearson and Gosia Pearson (nee Gorska) are happy to announce their marriage on 8 September 2012 in Krakow, Poland, which was a great opportunity for hosting a small St Antony's reunion. A year later, their daughter Sophie was born.

Dr Paradorn Rangsimaporn (MPhil Russian and East European Studies and DPhil International Relations, 2001)

Dr Rangsimaporn is now First Secretary at the Royal Thai Embassy and Permanent Mission of Thailand in Vienna, Austria. He contributed two chapters on "Russia's Search for an Enhanced Role in Southeast Asia" and on "Russia-Thailand Relations", the latter co-authored with Ekaterina Koldunova, in the book "ASEAN-Russia: Foundations and Future Prospects" (ISEAS Publications, Singapore, 2012)

Mr Paul Riseborough (MPhil European Politics, 1999)

Paul Riseborough married Emma Wallington in Richmond, Surrey on 2 August 2014.

Dr Nahid Siamdoust (DPhil Oriental Studies, 2013)

Dr Nahid Siamdoust  won a 2014 MESA Award (2014 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities) for his thesis "Iran's Troubled Tunes: Music as Politics in the Islamic Republic"  

Ms Emmeline Skinner (MPhil Latin American Studies, 2000)

Emmeline is now working with DFID Rwanda, in Kigali, and would love to hear from any Antonians who find themselves in this part of the world.

Mr Matt Stone (MSc Global Governance & Diplomacy, 2008)

Matt Stone has for the past year served as Ian Davis Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the think-tank arm of the consultancy McKinsey & Company.  Awarded to one consultant each year, the Ian Davis Fellow contributes exclusively to MGI research on global macroeconomic trends.  Matt has spent his year in Bangalore, India and London, UK helping lead MGI's research on the Indian and European economies.  He and his wife, Nehal, were married in January 2014 in Khartoum, Sudan.

Dr Julie Taylor (MPhil & DPhil Development Studies, 2003)

After nearly 7 years at Google, Julie Taylor is pursuing her own start-up business, an online platform for contemporary fine art from Africa, called Guns & Rain. The site aims to improve the under-representation of African contemporary artists on the global stage, as well as make it easier for international buyers to access African fine art.  The current collection is also available on Google Open Gallery. Julie is based in Johannesburg.

Mr David Saltiel (MSc History, 2001)

David H Saltiel was appointed Chief Economist at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in Washington, DC.

Ms Marianne Scordel (MSt Politics, 1998)

Financial News voted Marianne Scordel one of the "40 under 40 hedge fund rising stars" in Europe. This is the third year that she has received the award for Bougeville Consulting, the business she founded in 2009 to provide hedge funds with business strategy services.

Dr Celia Szusterman (DPhil Politics, 1977)

Celia Szusterman has received a planning grant from Open Society Foundations for a project to deal with gang violence and youth unemployment in El Salvador.

Dr Steve Tsang (DPhil History, 1981)

Steve Tsang assumed office as Head of School, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, in May 2014.  He relinquished the Directorship of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham in August 2014. 

Dr Laura Valadez (MSc Public Policy in Latin America 2006; DPhil Social Policy 2012)

Laura Valadez married Alfonso Gazo (Department of Computer Sciences) in May 2014. The ceremony was held in Spain.

Professor David von Mayenburg (Visiting Student, 2010)

David von Mayenburg was appointed Professor for Civil law, Modern Legal History and the History of Canon Law at Goethe-University Frankfurt/M. (Germany) in February 2014.

Professor Hilary Winchester (DPhil Social Studies, 1974)

Professor Winchester is now Provost of Central Queensland University;

Dr Harun Yilmaz (DPhil History, 2007)

Harun Yilmaz has been awarded a British Academy Research Fellowship and during the tenure of the fellowship for the next three years he will be at the University of London conducting research in contemporary politics in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Dr Dov Zakheim (DPhil Politics, 1970)

Dr Zakheim was appointed by Speaker of the House John Boehner as a Commissioner on the bi-partisan Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission that reports to the President and Congress in February 2015. He was also reappointed to the Department of Defense's Business Board, which advises the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense on how to introduce best commercial business practices into the management of the Department.