Academic - Director

  • Director, African Studies Centre, University Lecturer in African Politics

    I joined the African Studies Centre in 2007-08, having previously been a Junior Research Fellow at New College, also at Oxford University. My training is in political science, and my time is split equally between the Department of Politics and International Relations and African Studies. 

Academic - Staff

  • Professor William Beinart
    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.

  • Karen Brown
    Post Doctoral Researcher

    I joined African Studies in October 2013 and have a six-month research contract to develop funding proposals in African studies. Previously I was a research fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Oxford. My background is in history and I have worked primarily on environmental and veterinary issues in southern Africa.

  • Neil Carrier
    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.

  • University Lecturer 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
    University Lecturer in the 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 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).                

  • Dr. Jonny Steinberg
    University Lecturer 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

  • 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.

  • Dr Gregory Deacon
    British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    I have been working in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies since September 2011 as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I am also a Junior Research Fellow of St. Antony’s College. Currently, the explosion of new Protestant churches is arguably the most significant social phenomenon in Africa, and religious groups were already the most frequent form of associational life within difficult and contested democratic and civil society spaces on the continent.