Academic - Director
Director of the African Studies Centre
Rhodes Professor of Race Relations
I joined the African Studies Centre in July 2017. I am a political scientist and anthropologist. My research and teaching have focussed on the processes of the social mobilisation of interests and power, particularly as these manifest in and through ethnicity, nationalism, race and racialisation, culture, democratic politics and social thought. I have two doctoral degrees from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and Cambridge (UK) - the latter as a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar - and have taught at universities in Nigeria and the United States.
Academic - Staff
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
I joined the African Studies Centre in May 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. During my fellowship, I am working on a book project about art, death and memory in South Sudan. I have previously held research positions at the Open University, The British Institute in Eastern Africa and the British School at Rome.
Departmental Lecturer / Evans Pritchard Fellow in African Anthropology
I joined the African Studies Centre in 2016-2017, where I am involved in the teaching of the MSc in African Studies. I am also appointed to the Institute of Social Anthropology where I teach and supervise graduate students. I was trained as an anthropologist at the KU Leuven University (Belgium) and my research emerges from long-term intensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My ethnographic interests range from gender, sexuality and desire to labour, race and memory in both urban and rural settings.
Professor of 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
Prof David Pratten is on sabbatical leave during the academic year 16/17.
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.
Professor of African Studies
I joined the African Studies Centre in October 2011. Much of my works explores South African people and institutions in the wake of the transition to democracy. The institutions I have written about are the prison, the farm, the police and the clinic. The common thread between these projects has been an investigation into how political transition has changed the filigrees of unwritten rules through which individuals understand their lives and relate to others.
Academic - Affiliate
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.
Admin - Centre Administrator
African Studies Administrator
Sinead Adams is maternity cover for Anniella Hutchinson for the period of November 2016 to late 2017.
African Studies Administrator
Anniella Hutchinson is on maternity leave from November 2016 until late 2017
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.
I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in March 2016. I am responsible for assisting with the running of the Finance Office and the event management of the African Studies Centre. Prior to joining University of Oxford, I worked for University College of Estate Management and further education colleges.