Academic - Head of SIAS
Head of School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Director of Contemporary Chinese Studies; Professor of Chinese Development and Society
Rachel Murphy has been Head of SIAS since January 2015. She is a sociologist whose research examines transformations in China’s interior occurring because of the inter-related processes of industrialization, urbanization, demographic transition, modernization (especially through state-endorsed projects such as education), marketisation and the expansion of communications technologies.
Academic - Director
Professor of Modern Russian History
My research and publications have concentrated on the social and cultural history of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. I have been most interested in the history of sexualities and gender in modernising Russia, and particularly the role of medicine and law in shaping the regulation of sexual and gender dissent and conformity. I have explored the history of homosexuality in tsarist and Soviet Russia, the nature of masculinity under socialism, and the problems of sexual disorders and sexual violence in twentieth-century Russia.
Director of South Asian Studies; Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of India
I began as an economist and then my job titles just got longer and longer.
University Reader in Middle East Politics
Dr Philip Robins has been a member of the academic staff at the University of Oxford for almost 20 years. During that time he has been responsible for the overall provision of all of the teaching under the umbrella of Middle East Politics. He currently holds the position of Reader in Middle East Politics and the title of professor. Dr Robins is also a Fellow of St Antony’s College, where, until recently, he was the Sub-Warden and member of the College’s executive body.
Director of the Latin American Centre; Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America
I arrived at the University of Oxford in 2008 after five years at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London). I hold a joint appointment at SIAS and the Department of International Development and I am also a Fellow at St Antony’s College. I love Oxford’s commitment to multidisciplinary area studies and to a deeper understanding of the economic, political and social challenges in different parts of the developing world. It is a pleasure to work with colleagues who share the same enthusiasm both in my two departments.
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.
Course Director, Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme; Associate Professor in Brazilian Studies
I am a comparative political scientist with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary area studies. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s, I studied both Latin American literature and political science. I then completed an MA in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in 1986. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, working mainly with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, a centre that bears many similarities to SIAS.
Professor in the Economy and Business of Japan and Director, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies
My research interests include entrepreneurship, management of innovation, corporate governance, and employment relations in Japan, as well as political economy and economic development in East Asia. My publications include Comparative Entrepreneurship: The UK, Japan and the Shadow of Silicon Valley (2009) and (co-edited) Corporate Governance and Managerial Reform in Japan (2009). A current research project is on ‘compressed development’ in East Asia.
Director of Graduate Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Departmental Lecturer in the International Relations of China
I have been based at Oxford since October 2011, prior to which I was Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, where I taught courses on East Asian security, China’s international relations, and the institutional politics of the European Union. I gained both my MPhil and PhD from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and hold a BSc(Econ) degree from the LSE. My particular research interests include EU-China relations, China’s capabilities in advanced technology, and the development of international regimes.
Academic - Staff
Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations
I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2011 from a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics. I was a doctoral student and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford; a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (1987-99) and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) (1993-2005).