Academic - Director

  • Prof. Jonny Steinberg
    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 - Staff

  • Departmental Lecturer in African Studies

    I joined the African Studies Centre in 2015 and teach the two core courses on the MSc: ‘Themes in History and the Social Sciences in Africa’ and ‘Methodology, Ethics and Research Strategies’. I am additionally a researcher at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics & International Relations, investigating sub-national governments in Africa as part of an ESRC-funded project led by Dr. Nic Cheeseman.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • David Pratten
    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.

  • Andrea Purdeková
    Departmental Lecturer in African Politics

    I am a political scientist by training and at the African Studies Centre I convene the Core Course Two ‘Themes in History and the Social Sciences in Africa’ and an option course 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).

Academic - Affiliate

  • Julie Soleil Archambault
    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.

  • William Beinart

    William Beinart was Rhodes Professor of Race Relations from 1997 to 2015.  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.

  • Postdoctoral fellow at the African Studies Centre

    I joined the African Studies Centre in 2014 to work on the project "Border Crossing, Trade and Trust: Tracking clothing supply chains to Nairobi and Cotonou". This project is associated to the wider Oxford Diaspora Program.

    I hold a joint doctorate in social anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) for my work on the Euro-African second-hand cars exportation business.