Students 2016/17

Our profile page for the class of MSc in African Studies 2016/17 is currently a work in progress. 

Francois-Xavier Ada
I hold a BSc in International Relations from Girne American University (Northern Cyprus) and a Master of Letters in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. I'm interested in African Security, particularly the dynamics of alliance formation in contemporary Africa with regards to threats from non-state actors. In my dissertation, I will explore the importance of elite preference in the security behavior of selected African countries.
Folahanmi Aina
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and a Masters in International Development Policy from Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. My dissertation was on a political economy of the insecurity impasse in Northern Nigeria. My research interests cut across peace, security and development as it relates to humanitarian interventions, state fragility, and governance.  
Hanna Amanuel

Hanna Amanuel completed her BA in Social Anthropology, Global Health & Health Policy, and Pre-Medicine at Harvard University. She has conducted research on women’s rights interventions, reproductive health, and the state in Eritrea, Mexico, South Africa, Sudan, and the United States. Her long-term interests lie at the intersection of ethnographic research, medicine, and social interventions in the Horn of Africa and its diaspora. 

Edmilson Angelo
I completed my BA in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster in London where for my research I looked at how the portrayal of African children in charity's campaign affects people's understanding of Africa. For the MSc in African Studies I am interested in finding out the extend to which nepotism influences youth's aspirations and dreams in Angola.
Margaret Babirye
Margaret studied BA in Adult and Community Education at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, before joining the programme at African Studies Center. Margaret's main research interests are about indigenous minorities in Sub-Saharan Africa and/ or their plight among other issues of relevance to African Studies. 
Teemt Bekele
Teemt has a BA from Cornell University in Government and Middle Eastern studies and an MA from the Institute of Peace and Security studies. She is interested in exploring connections between religion, security and politics in the East Africa region, and how this interplays with global shifts in security paradigms.
Miller Bianucci
Miller studied Sustainable Development at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland and carried out a dissertation focused on community based conservation in Tanzania, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. This dissertation explored the factors that motivate individuals to participate in natural resource management and anti-poaching efforts. At Oxford, she is interested in studying the impact of primary and secondary education on conservation efforts around conservation hot-spots in Tanzania. 
James Burton
James holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney majoring in Government International relations and Philosophy. His research interest is African entrepreneurship from both a development and investment point of view. 
Drew Calcagno
Before starting the MSc in African Studies, Drew earned an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS - University of London) as well as a BS in Economics from the United States Naval Academy. 
Fernanda Carneiro
Fernanda holds a bachelor degree in Law from Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a Master’s degree in Territorial Government from Université de Picardie Jules Verne (France). She has worked for the IRC as the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor of a governance programme in the DR Congo and her main area of research is on the roles played by the traditional chiefs with regards to democratization processes.
Upile Chisala
Upile holds an Honors B.A in Sociology with minors in Women's Studies and Contemporary Social Studies and a supplementary major in Law and Society from New Mexico State University. She has conducted maternal health research on Likoma Island, Malawi. Upile's main research interests are law, gender justice and reproduction in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Aside from her academic achievements, Upile is the author of two collections of poetry and prose, 'Soft Magic' published in 2015 and 'Nectar' published in 2017.
Tim Epple

Tim received a BA in International Relations and International Organization from the University of Groningen. His research interests include multi-actor peace operations and hybrid peace governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. In his previous work, he studied the factors that drove multilateral cooperation in the early years of UNOCI. This year, Tim wants to examine the unintended consequences of UNMIL drawdown on local administrative and peace infrastructures.

Bright Gyamfi

Bright earned a BA in History (Honors) and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He has conducted archival research in Ghana, United Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States. His research focuses on West African intellectual history, nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and education.   

Dumi Senda
Dumi’s research interests include Citizenship, the State and Opposition politics in Zimbabwe. Prior to starting at Oxford University, Dumi studied International Relations and Peace at Leeds Beckett University. His dissertation, based on Action Research, focused on the Role of Storytelling in Child Rights Advocacy in Zimbabwe. 
Marta Tveit
Marta was produced in Norway and has spent time working and living in east and southern Africa. She holds an MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication from SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies, and an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts BA from the University College Maastricht in the Netherlands with a focus on development, political science and media studies. At Oxford she focuses on East Africa, and studies African digital spaces and ICTs for development.
Iyone Agboraw, Benjamin Budd, Ruth Cookman, Arshmeena Durrani, Yotam Gidron, Trevor Langat, Katia Lopes, Stanley Malindi, Colin Manders, Lauren Mellows, Jo Nayler, Seth Ouma, Sebastian Paalo,  Iyone Agboraw