Academic - Director
Rhodes Professor of Race Relations
William Beinart has been Rhodes Professor of Race Relations since 1997. The position was established in 1953 to research and teach on ‘race relations’ with special reference to southern Africa. It has become an African Studies post.
Academic - Staff
Departmental Lecturer in African Anthropology
Neil is involved in the teaching of the MSc in African Studies and also teaches and supervises graduate students in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Neil has been involved in a wide range of research, mostly focused on the anthropology and history of East Africa and its diaspora. He has been working on a project examining the Somali-dominated Nairobi estate of Eastleigh as part of the Oxford Diasporas Programme team, exploring the historical and cultural underpinnings of Eastleigh’s diaspora-driven economy.
Associate Professor in African Politics
I joined the African Studies Centre in 2007-08 and my time is split equally between the Department of Politics and International Relations and African Studies. My training is in political science and my research focuses on democracy in Africa. I also co-edit the journal African Affairs and run a website, www.democracyinafrica.org.
Associate Professor in African History
I joined the African Studies Centre in 2013: I am a historian and my time is divided equally between the Centre and the Faculty of History. I studied at the universities of Westminster, London and Sheffield, and I have taught at the universities of Pretoria, Keele, Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield. I previously worked for a number of non-governmental organisations, including Save the Children.
Associate Professor in Social Anthropology of Africa
I joined the African Studies Centre in 2005-06. I am a social anthropologist and my post is a joint appointment with the Institute of Social Anthropology. I studied at Oxford, Manchester and SOAS, and previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Sussex.
Departmental Lecturer in African Politics
I am a political scientist by training and at the African Studies Centre I convene an option on ‘Violence and Historical Memory in Eastern Africa.’ I have also taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and at Oxford’s Department of International Development (Refugee Studies Centre).
I hold a DPhil in Development Studies from Oxford (2011), an MSc (Distinction) in Forced Migration from Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre (2007) and an MA (Distinction) in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS (2005).
Associate Professor in African Criminology
I joined the African Studies Centre in October 2011. My time is divided between African Studies and the Centre for Criminology. For the African Studies MSc I convene the second term of the Core Course on Themes in African History and Social Sciences, and offer an option called Violence and Civilisation available both to African Studies and Criminology MSc students.
Academic - Affiliate
Leverhulme Research Fellow
I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in 2011 and have a joint appointment in African Studies and Anthropology. I completed my PhD in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2010 and have since held teaching positions at the LSE and at the Centre of West African Studies, U of Birmingham.
Oxford Diaspora Programme Research Fellow
Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach completed her D.Phil. in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford in 2005. She held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship in 2005-06, followed by a Departmental Lecturership in African Studies in 2006-08. From 2008 to 2011, she held a teaching post as the Evans Pritchard Departmental Lecturer in African Anthropology (shared post between the African Studies Centre and the School of Anthropology), in association with St Anne’s College.
Admin - Staff
I joined the African Studies Centre in July 2013, one of the larger centres within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. I am responsible for all non-teaching aspects of the centre ranging from Course administration, finance, buildings responsibility and event management. Before joining the University, I worked for several years at Thames Valley Police.