Academic Staff

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

  • Dr Zoe Cormack
    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. 

  • Dr Thomas Hendriks
    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.

  • Departmental Lecturer in African History

    I joined the African Studies Centre in September 2017. I am currently finishing my doctoral dissertation in Global History, focussing on English-language and Yoruba-language newspapers produced in Lagos between 1890 and the early 1940s. My research explores interactions between the different newspapers, changing structures and mechanisms in the public sphere, and dynamics of political mobilisation. I am also particularly interested in the economic factors that shape publishing, as well as entrepreneurial activity more generally.

  • 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.

  • Prof. Jonny Steinberg
    Professor of African Studies


  • Associate Professor in African Politics

    I joined the African Studies Centre in 2017-18. My post is a joint appointment with the Department of Politics and International Relations. Before moving to African Studies, I held a Departmental Lectureship in African Politics in the Oxford Department of International Development (QEH) from 2011 to 2017. Prior to joining the Oxford Department of International Development (QEH), I worked as a risk consultant for Control Risks (London). Thematically, I am interested in:

Academic - Affiliate

  • William Beinart
    Emeritus Professor

    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.

  • Leverhulme Distinguished Professor

    Martinez-Ruiz earned his B.A from the University of Havana in 1994 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004. He is an Art Historian with expertise in African and Caribbean artistic, visual and religious practices, whose work challenges traditional disciplinary boundaries and examines the varied understandings of – and engagement with – ‘art’ and ‘visual culture’.