Director & Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, many of which are Gates and Marshall Scholars.

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-fledged professionals – acclaimed writers, poets, and actors – all selected for their talent, their varied experiences in their disciplines, their enthusiasm, and above all their ability to inspire our students. 

Led by these outstanding individuals, whose work is thoroughly evaluated after every summer, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living.

Oxbridge at St Andrews Director

Director, Greg Chalfin

Greg returns to Oxbridge St Andrews for his second year as the Director of the program. He has been on the faculty of the Kent Denver School since 2008, where he teaches English Literature, acts as Dean of Students for the Upper School, and coaches basketball and soccer. Greg is also conducting doctoral research in the field of pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado. Before leading the program in St Andrews, Greg served as a Program Dean on the Oxford Tradition in 2015 and on the Oxford Spring Seminar in 2016. 



Oxbridge at St Andrews Faculty

Dr. Samer Adra

BSc Univeristy of Balamand, MSc, PhD University of St. Andrews

Dr. Adra is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Notre Dame University in Lebanon. He is a leading expert in corporate takeovers, and has a broad set of research interests. Among his many areas of specialism are corporate finance, corporate governance, event study sensitivity analysis, fractal market analysis, portfolio theory, and behavioral finance. During his years of study, Dr. Adra gathered a number of awards, including an Honorary Fellowship from the St Andrews Free Market Association. He has published his work and has recently appeared at academic conferences in Ireland and Scotland.

Sebastian Becker

BA University of Bayreuth, M.Litt University of St. Andrews

Sebastian is a doctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews, where he focuses on semantics and epistemology. He is an experienced university-level tutor, and in the past has led introductions to ethics and philosophy, in addition to courses on subjects including reasoning, rationality, and controversy. Sebastian has been a visiting scholar at institutions from Trinity College Dublin to the University of Southern California. He has also been employed by both the German Parliament and the European Parliament.

Dr. Predrag Bjelogrlic

MD University of Belgrade, MSc University of London

Dr. Bjelogrlic is the Principal Teaching Fellow in Clinical Medicine at the St Andrews University School of Medicine. He moved to the UK after graduating in Medicine from the University of Belgrade, and completed a number of internships before reading for an MSc in Histopathology at the University of London. Since 1997 he has taught at St Andrews, where today he serves as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Manager and the Clinical Medicine Skills Program Coordinator.

Katie Bootland

BA Manchester School of Art, MFA Edinburgh College of Art

Katie is a professional artist based in Edinburgh. Her current projects rely principally on photography, film installation, and performance. Her work is held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the University of Edinburgh, and private collections in the U.K. She has been shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Prize, and in 2015 the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh commissioned a solo exhibition from her. Katie also co-ran Sheer Wonder Press, an independent publishing house for artists' books, and has recently performed at the WOW Festival, the Southbank Centre in London, and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Dave Coates

BA University of York, MSc University of Edinburgh

Dave is a professional poet and critic, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh. His current project focuses on Louis MacNeice and his influence on contemporary Northern Irish poetry. Dave is widely published, and has recently had work featured in "The Edinburgh Review," "The Stinging Fly," "Poetry Wales," and "The Yellow Nib." In 2015, he won the prestigious Saboteur Award for Best Reviewer.

Charlotte Gregory

MA, MLitt University of St. Andrews

Charlotte is a Research Assistant at The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. Her role involves close analysis of interviews with extremists, efforts to identify missing data, and attempts to preserve the integrity of existing data. In the past she has worked in Jordan and the West Bank, where she visited several UN Departments and various human rights charities, in addition to conducting interviews with refugees.

Zeynep Karatza

BSc, MEng National Technical University of Athens, MSc Grenoble Institute of Technology

Zeynep is currently carrying out doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Engineering. Her project involves the micromechanical analysis of granular materials, for which she employs a variety of methods, including x-ray computed tomography and image processing. She also has extensive industry experience, having worked on large-scale projects for S&B Industrial Minerals and AKTOR. Zeynep is a seasoned pedagogue and has been nominated for several teaching distinctions at the University of Edinburgh, including the coveted Best Overall Teaching Award.

Tristram Saunders

BA University of Cambridge, MLitt University of St Andrews

Tristram is a professional writer and journalist based in St Andrews. He recently published a chapbook of his own poetry, entitled "Intro #5." His current creative projects include a translation of the complete works of Sulpicia, Ancient Rome’s only extant female poet. Tristram has also had articles and opinion-pieces published by national volumes such as "The London Magazine," "The Week," and the "Radio Times." He has a broad and interdisciplinary range of research interests that cover Shakespeare in performance, contemporary British and Irish poetry, and experimental translation.

Mehdi Shiva

BSc University of Tehran, MSc Paris School of Economics, MSc University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and Ca'Foscari University of Venice

Mehdi is a doctoral researcher at the University of Dundee, where he is working on Economics. His research centers on the impact of climate change on human life. In particular he uses empirical methods to quantify the influence of climate change on migration, and on the birth of armed conflicts. Mehdi is also experienced in industry, and has worked in Research and Development for UNDP, and as an analyst for A&F Markets.

Dr. Rafael Torrubia

MA, M. Litt., PhD University of St. Andrews

Dr. Torrubia is a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of St Andrews. His research interests spread across five centuries. Recently he has taught on topics as diverse as America and Europe in the 1960s and British Imperialism in India dating back to 1600. He is a decorated scholar and a former winner of the coveted Bonarjee Prize, in addition to having received generous grants from the British Association for American Studies and the University of St Andrews. Dr. Torrubia is passionate about teaching and has been nominated for the Best Tutor Award by the St Andrews Students’ Association.