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Antonian Career updates

Francis Ghiles (French colonial economics (Algeria), 1975) has Just moved back to Paris after 17 years in Barcelona, where he continues his consultancy and media work of North Africa (energy, security) relations between Western Europe, USA and Maghreb countries. He has written many articles for Middle East, Middle East Eye and Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).

Charles Asher Small (D.Phil., 1995) is the Founding Director of the Post Doctorate training programme in Critical Contemporary Antisemitism Studies, Woolf Institute, Cambridge University, which launched in 2021. This is the first programme of its kind.

Matthew Tejada (MPhil Russian and East European Studies, 2002; DPhil Modern History, 2004) has been named Deputy Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice in the US Environmental Protection Agency's newly established Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights.

Thomas Andrew O'Keefe (MPhil Latin American Studies, 1990) was appointed Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Caribbean Business Enabling Environment Reform (CBEE-R) based in Barbados.

Milada Anna Vachudova (MPhil European Politics & Society, 1991; DPhil Politics, 1994) has been appointed Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Paola Mattei (Politics and Social Policy, 2010; Fellow) has been promoted to Full Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Milan, Italy.

Fiona Macaulay (MPhil Latin American Studies and DPhil Politics, 1991) has been promoted to a personal chair - Professor of Gender, Peace and Development - at the University of Bradford.

Myroslava Hartmond (Halushka) (MPhil International Relations, 2012) returned to Oxford after experiencing the first 10 days of the Russian invasion in Kyiv, her home for eight years. In Michaelmas 2022, she became Programme Coordinator for the 'Refugee Academic Futures' programme at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, where her main role is looking after Ukrainian scholars at Oxford University.

Zapryan Dumbalski (MSc Russian and East European Studies, 2011) joined the International School for Government at King's College London as Programme Manager for Online and Executive Education in October 2022.

Andrew Reddie (MPhil International Relations, 2010) founded the Berkeley Risk and Security Lab with a seed grant of $1.8M from the Founders Pledge Fund to support research and teaching at the intersection of technology, politics, and security at the University of California, Berkeley.

Camilo Gomez Osorio (Msc Economics for Development, 2006) is back in Oxford studying a DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development at Linacre College.

Simon Sakhai (MBA, 2020). After discovering the science of longevity at Oxford, Simon is launching a new startup, Jung, bringing frontier longevity care to the largest possible audience. Launching in Spring 2023, you can join the community on, and learn all about how to stay younger for longer, lengthen your health-span, and protect your biological age!

Farrah Barber (MSc Social Science of the Internet, 2020) has founded a deep biotechnology start-up, Primordial, through Entrepreneurs First. Primordial aims to revolutionise the production of crude algae oil for use in the biofuels industry.

Maxim Bouev (DPhil in economics, 1999) is associate professor at the New Economic School in Moscow (in addition to keeping the position of the vice-rector for corporate projects).

Will Hutton (Political Economy, 1995; Senior Member) was President of the Academy of Social Sciences 2021. He wrote the early chapters of his book, The State We're In when at St. Antony's and a number subsequently. He is currently working on a book titled How the Right Broke Britain - and How to Put it Back Together for publication in Autumn 2023.

Nikita L. Harwich (Andrés Bello Fellow 1991-1992) retired from the University of Paris-Nanterre in September 2020.

Judy Klass (MPhil, DPhil Political Science/Latin American Studies, 1988) continues to teach at Vanderbilt University and write songs in Nashville, living a strange but happy dual existence. She recently travelled to Los Angeles where two of her unproduced full-length plays had staged readings with SkyPilot Theatre.

Brad Faught (MSt Modern History, 1986) has been elected a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge for Lent Term 2023.

Henry Mang (MSc. African Studies, 2011),  was appointed the Head of the Department of History at the new Nigerian Army University.

Jamie Masraff (MPhil International Development, 2005) has been appointed as Chief Executive of the UK youth charity OnSide, whose mission is to ensure all young people have the opportunity to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Patrick Quinton-Brown (DPhil in International Relations, 2016), has been appointed to a Departmental Lecturership in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Senior College Lectureship at University College, Oxford.

Johanna Poll (MPhil International Relations, 2014) is now Policy Advisor for the Social Democrat Party in the German parliament, coordinating the Bundestag's Study Commission on Afghanistan.

Byron  Kaldis (DPhil, 1981) is Professor and Head of the Humanites Deprtment at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Gianfranco Pasquino (Visiting Fellow, 2007) - 2023 will mark fifty years of teaching at the Bologna Center of the School of Advanced International Studies, now SAIS-Europe.

Elena Minina (DPhil Educational Studies, 2007) was appointed Lecturer in International and Comparative Education with the School of Education, Communication and Society, King's College London.

Leonardo Carella (MPhil Politics, 2017) started as Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford.

Jens Hanssen (MPhil, 1993; DPhil, 1995) starts a five-year appointment as Director of the Max Weber Institute in Beirut in July 2023.

Joel Ng (DPhil International Relations, 2013) has been appointed Deputy Head of the Centre for Multilateralism Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Ivor Chipkin (SAM, 2005) is the director of the New South Institute, headquartered in Johannesburg and with a presence in London, Belgrade and Sao Paulo.

Yiyang Yu (MSc Japanese Studies, 2020), started working at Deloitte Consulting Japan as Business Analyst this year.

Kisaburo Ishii (Development economy, 1980) In addition to his present job, has been appointed Independent Director of HS holdings and Board member of Khan Bank (Mongolia).  

Xian Guan (MSc in Comparative Social Policy, 2016), is working as Programme Officer at the UN agency International Labour Organization (ILO). Based in ILO Office for China and Mongolia, Xian managed and implemented an ILO project Quality Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning in China and technical cooperation activities on skills development and youth employment. She developed an expanded ‘Quality Apprenticeship and Lifelong Learning in China Phase 2’ within a Public-Private Partnership which will kick off in 2023. She is also coordinating an ILO South-South and Triangular Cooperation project on quality apprenticeship in India, South Africa, China, Ethiopia and Switzerland.

Sydelle Willow Smith (MSc African Studies, 2015), has established a programme that provides opportunities for people working in social change, behavioural change, and narrative change work to learn about our grassroots network of 80 solar-powered cinema clubs run by youth across four Southern African countries.

Pauline Schnapper (Visiting Student, 1994) has been appointed Vice-President (Research) of Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. La Politique au Royaume-Uni, coll. Repères, Paris, La Découverte, 2022. 

Rachel Dowling (MSc International and Comparative Education, 2010) founded a company called Equal Time! (, making virtual meetings and online classes easier to facilitate, more fun and more equitable. Try it for free in your next Zoom or Google Meet call/class.

Antonio Estella (European Union Law, 2014-2015) has been appointed, from July 2022, Director of the Master's Program in European Economic Governance: Law Politics and Economics at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.

Pär Gustafsson (DPhil Sociology (St Cross), 2001) was appointed Senior Research Co-ordinator at the newly created Swedish Psychological Defence Agency in November 2022.

Judith Clifton (DPhil, 1994)  was promoted to Full Professor at the University of Cantabria in 2022. As far as she knows, she is the first British woman to ever be promoted to Full Professor in Economics at a Spanish University. And even perhaps the first British person! She would be interested to hear from anyone who knows a British person to have reached Full Professorship in Economics in Spain as it is a research interest of hers!

Prof. Robert Zepf (M.St. Modern History, 1990) was appointed Professor and Director of Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky.

In July 2022, Gregg Robins (DPhil in Russian & East European Studies, 1989) joined the Supervisory Board of Uzpromstroibank, the 100-year-old Land and Industrial Bank of Uzbekistan. He is one of five independent board directors and chairs the Committee on Large Transactions.  The bank is slated to be one of the first government-owned banks to be privatised in the coming year or two. This board role comes in addition to his existing Visitor Professor role in the Banking & Finance Academy of Uzbekistan.

Gijs de Vries (European politics, Senior Member) delivered the keynote address at the 12th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR), University of Antwerp, Belgium, 20 September 2022.

Virginia Pacheco Prado (MSc. International and Comparative Education, 2004), has been appointed Consul of Uruguay in Barcelona, España.

Jeff VanDreal (MPhil International Relations, 1984) retired in September 2022 after over 34 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, having served in nine countries on four continents.  He has chosen Denver, Colorado, as his initial retirement location.

Rachel Roffe (DPhil, 1988) from January 2023, will take up a new role as Head of External Relations with Protium, a leading pure-play green hydrogen company.

Snjezana Milivojevic (SAM, 2001) Prof. Snjezana Milivojevic has been appointed Dean of Bayan College, Purdue University Northwest USA affiliated Communication College in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in March 2022. 

Carlos Magarinos (SAM, 1996), is Director of Global Strategy and External Affairs at VRIO (DIRECTV LATINAMERICA / SKY Brazil / DIRECTV GO).