Director & Faculty

Our academic faculty is specially chosen among teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, London School of Economics, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, New York University, Berkeley, the Sorbonne, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad de Salamanca, and Pompeu Fabra. In 2015 our teaching staff in Oxford and Cambridge alone consisted of more than 28 Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, making Oxbridge one of the biggest employers of Rhodes Scholars in the world. 

Our creative and workshop courses, meanwhile, are taught by fully-fledged professionals – acclaimed writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers, 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.

 

The Cambridge Tradition Director

Director, Greg Gonzalez:

Greg returns to The Cambridge Tradition for a fifth summer and brings a wealth of experience to the program. He was the founding Director of La Academia de España in 2006 and also led the program in 2007 and 2008, after having served as a Program Dean on The Cambridge Tradition in 2005. He earned his BA in History and his MA in Journalism at Columbia University, where he was a star football player, and then entered sports journalism. He was a sports writer for the LA Times for over seven years and freelanced for The New York Daily News and The National Sports Daily.

Greg transitioned into teaching in 1991 as an English and History teacher at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, California, where he was also the Athletic Director. He is currently at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles where he has served as an academic dean and History teacher for over 10 years. He has won the Garrett Harden Teaching Award at Harvard-Westlake and was Varsity Head Football Coach for three years. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

The Cambridge Tradition Faculty

 

Camilla Barker

LLB Queen Mary, University of London, LLM Harvard Law School

Camilla is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. She earned an LLM at Harvard Law School, where she was both a Fulbright Scholar and Teaching Fellow. She has held appointments at the NYU School of Law and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dr. James Black

BS, MPH University of Otago, MPhil, PhD University of Cambridge

James is a medical researcher based in the Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His doctoral thesis focused on the optimization of treatments in populations with Type 2 diabetes. Past projects have included an effort to manage child obesity with the National Health Service, and the creation of model injury recovery profiles for the WHO Global Burden of Disease study. James is also a seasoned pedagogue. He supervises medical students at both undergraduate and graduate level, and has significant experience leading workshops and training for fellow health professionals.


Maurice Casey

BA Trinity College Dublin, MPhil University of Cambridge

Maurice is conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford with a full scholarship from Jesus College. He is based in the Faculty of History, and his principal area of expertise is the history of revolution and radicalism. He is currently investigating Irish radicals' navigation of global networks during the 1920s and 1930s, stretching from New York to Moscow. Maurice's other recent projects have focused on diverse historical topics, including the influences of socialism, feminism, and militant republicanism in the Irish movement for gay rights; and the letters and diaries of Irish visitors to the Soviet Union during the 1930s.


Dr. Peerapat Chokesuwattanaskul

MA, LLB, DBA Chulalongkorn University, MPhil University of Cambridge

Dr. Chokesuwattanaskul is currently completing a second doctorate, this one in economics, at the University of Cambridge. He is based in the famous Center of Development Studies. His research seeks to expose the role of export cartels in economic development by combining game theory with historical analyses. Before beginning this project, Dr. Chokesuwattanaskul had been a practicing lawyer for several years. He has also served as a lecturer and academic supervisor in subjects including business management, economics, and statistics at several universities in his native Thailand, and at the University of Cambridge.


Dr. Ross Colquhoun

MEng, PhD University of Glasgow

Dr. Colquhoun is an expert in biomaterials engineering, and is a sought-after industry figure. Recent projects include an innovative collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Giltech Ltd. to develop degradable phosphate glass fiber composites for regenerative orthopedic applications. His research interests include biomaterials, glass manufacturing, orthopedics, inorganic chemistry, and vibrational spectroscopy. Dr. Colquhoun has also worked with ClydeUnion Pumps to investigate the failure mechanisms of hydraulic artificial lift systems.


Sarah-Louise Decrausaz

BS University of Toronto, MA University of Victoria

Sarah-Louise is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, where she is working on biological anthropology and human anatomy. The objective of her current research is to provide an osteological perspective on the biomechanical complexity of childbirth. This will contribute to tracking and quantifying the uniquely human obstetric dilemma. She is an experienced public speaker, having presented her work at conferences across Canada and the UK. Sarah-Louise supervises undergraduates at the University of Cambridge and has also taught several anthropology courses at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.


Anthony Ellis

BA Cambridge School of Art

Anthony is a professional commercial photographer with a first-class degree in the discipline. His large portfolio of clients includes Vogue.com, Paralympics GB, the National Health Service, British Telecom, and the National Trust. His career has taken him overseas to work on multiple documentary and editorial projects. He has a particular interest in documenting the rhino poaching trade in India and sub-Saharan Africa. Anthony is a veteran educator who teaches photography and related software across the Cambridgeshire area.


Isabel Estevez

BA Indiana University, MA Latin American School of Social Science, MPhil University of Cambridge

Isabel is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, where she works as both a Cambridge Trust Scholar and a Trinity Hall Graduate Scholar. She has particular expertise in development studies and in international trade. Her academic interests center on economic development, global political economy, and the globalization of production. She is a sought-after figure in politics, having served as a senior consultant in Ecuador's National Development Plan, and as a senior adviser to the Ecuadorian Minister for Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation.


Christina Farley

BA, MPhil University of Cambridge

Christina is a specialist in Tudor and Stuart material and visual culture. Her most recent work has focused on clocks in Tudor portraits. Her research interests are diverse, and she also pursues post-classical Latin and sixteenth-century Paleography. She is a decorated scholar who has won several prizes from the University of Cambridge, including the Whytehead Scholarship, the Larmor Award, and the George Daniels Educational Trust Award. Christina is committed to the arts outside of the university sector, and has previously held posts at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library, and the Fitzwilliam Museum. As a teacher she has extensive experience of supervising undergraduates in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge.


Brody Foy

BMaths Queensland University of Technology

Brody is a Rhodes Scholar and doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. He is based in the Department of Computer Science, and is an expert in the application of mathematics and technology to tackle problems within science and medicine. At present he is investigating the potential of computational techniques to model respiratory disease processes such as emphysema. Outside academia, Brody has a keen interest in mental health issues and youth engagement. He has served as a logistics manager for a mental health charity, and as a director a policy think-tank. He also designs mathematics engagement workshops for high schools.


Dr. Cristina Galalae

BA Universitatea din Bucuresti, MS Universitatea din Bucuresti, PhD Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti

Dr. Galalae is a Lecturer in Business Studies at Coventry University, and a Marketing Coordinator for TEDxFulbright. She has a PhD in Economics and International Business, and as a student she held a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Her current projects center on issues in migration studies and consumer culture theory. Her research takes her across Europe and the United States. In addition to her vibrant academic career, Dr. Galalae has worked as a Marketing Expert for international corporations such as GDF SUEZ and Betafence.


Nikoletta Gkatza

BSc (Hons) University of York

Nikoletta is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. She has particular expertise in epidermal stem cell and cancer biology, and is based in the University's famous Stem Cell Institute. Her interests also include bioinformatics, cell biology, and genetics. She is currently investigating RNA methylation and responses to stress in cancer, skin, and stem cells. Nicole is also passionate about science communication and outreach. She works with Cambridge Hands on Science to create workshops for primary and secondary school students. In the past she has also worked at The Genome Analysis Center in Norwich, England.


Dr. Jamie Gundry

BSc, MSc University of Nottingham, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Gundry is a Fellow of Darwin College in the University of Cambridge where he supervises undergraduates in Zoology. He also maintains an active photography practice. He acquired a love of wildlife having been raised in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and in Dartmoor in England. He went on to pursue a Master's degree in Biological Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University before coming to Cambridge, where he gained a doctorate on insect flight. As part of his research he developed a range of imaging technology and techniques. To date he has created high-quality imagery of about 700 of the University Museum of Zoology's specimens for the use of researchers around the world. His photography work also takes him to locations across Britain and Europe to capture charismatic wildlife, from puffins in Pembrokeshire to white-tailed eagles Norway.


Dr. Katie Hammond

BA Carleton College, MPhil, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Hammond studied at Cambridge as both a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a Commonwealth Scholar. Her doctoral research explored the use and regulation of assistive and reproductive technologies in Canada. She led the initial Cambridge Global Scholars Symposia during her time at Cambridge. Dr. Hammond now studies law at McGill University.


Eamon Haughian

BA (Hons) University of Essex, MA Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Eamon is an actor, director, and pedagogue. He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in Voice at Bath Spa University. He regularly coaches actors in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has previously held posts at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the American Musical Theatre Academy, and the Hampstead Academy of Acting and Drama. He also served as the lead voice coach for the West End production of "Matilda."


Anna Lawless

BA Trinity College Dublin, MASt University of Cambridge

Anna is a scholar with a wide variety of research experience, including projects at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and various Senior Sophister Projects. Among her many achievements are the Carl Max Hammond Award, the FitzGerald Medal and Prize, and the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship. She has taught Classical Mechanics, Linear Algebra, and Analysis to undergraduates at Trinity College Dublin. Anna has also worked as a question writer for Adaptemy, and as a mediator in Dublin's Science Gallery.


Dr. Jeff Mackowiak

AB University of Pennsylvania, MLitt University of St Andrews, MPhil, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Mackowiak is a lecturer, Director of Studies, and sometime Praelector of Robinson College at the University of Cambridge. His diverse interests include the literature of Victorian scientific materialism, literature about university life, “badness” in poetry, the English Tripos Tragedy paper, and comedy. He received his first degree Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania in English and Physics. After that he spent a year at the University of Virginia as the President's Fellow in English language and Literature. At Cambridge he has played in the University's Gold squad for five years, twice captaining teams; has served as Captain of graduate rowing at Trinity College; and is a member of The Hawk's Club.


Dr. David Menassa

BS Université Saint Joseph, MPhil University of Cambridge, MSc, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Menassa teaches biological science, medical science, and neuroscience at the University of Oxford, where he serves as a postdoctoral researcher in neuroimmunology in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. He wrote his doctoral thesis at the University. Dr. Menassa's current projects focus on multimodal approaches to the study of autism spectrum disorders and post-mortem stereology, neuropathology, magnetoencephalography, and in-vitro methods.


Dr. George Mgomella

MD University of Dar es salaam, MPH Harvard University

Dr. Mgomella holds a Gates Scholarship at the University of Cambridge. He is working in Public Health and Primary Care as part of the International Health Care Research Group. His current research project centers on HCV epidemiology and co-infection with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In the past Dr. Mgomella has worked as a primary care physician and as a medical school instructor.


Dr. Tiffany Morris

BSc University of Arizona, MSc Arizona State University, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Morris is a bioinformatician at Cambridge Epigenetix. She is currently developing tools to enable research in the fast-moving field of epigenetics. Prior to returning to Cambridge to take on this role, Dr. Morris was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University College London; and prior to that, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Molecular Oncology and Imaging at Barts' Institute of Cancer in London. Her doctoral thesis investigated the molecular mechanisms of metabolic syndrome, and specifically the effects of under-nutrition during pregnancy. Her research background is diverse, and includes two years as a Rainforest Research Specialist at Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center in Arizona.


Nungari Mwangi

BA Brown University, MPhil University of Cambridge

Nungari is conducting doctoral research at the University of Cambridge in The Centre of Development Studies. Her current investigations revolve around institutions and development, development economics, business and globalization, and justice and development. One past project, for which she was awarded the coveted Samuel L. Lamport Prize, exposed the ideologies in the leaderships of East African political intellectuals, and their legacy in the development of the region. She has held a number of prestigious fellowships. They include the Humanity in Action Senior Fellowship, and the International Institute for Political and Economic Studies Fellowship in Crete. Nungari is also active in industry, and has worked as an analyst and associate consultant for Dalberg Global Development Advisors.


Dr. Sandra Neoh

MB, BS, BMedSci The University of Melbourne, MPhil University of Cambridge

Dr. Neoh is an endocrinologist at Endocrinology Melbourne. Among her many qualifications are an MPhil in Translational Medicine from the University of Cambridge, which she undertook with a prestigious Gates Scholarship. Among the many notable awards she has won are the Vernon Collins Prize in pediatrics and the Herbert Bower Memorial Prize for psychiatry. Dr. Neoh has extensive experience working in hospitals, and in the past has served as as a clinical research fellow. She is widely published and has tutored many medical students and trainee physicians.


Dr. Nuru Noor

BSc University of Plymouth, MBChB Peninsula Medical School, MPhil University of Cambridge

Dr. Noor is a medical doctor practicing in the Intensive Care Department of the renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. In addition to his own medical practice, Dr. Noor teaches medical students and junior doctors at Addenbrooke’s, the teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge Medical School. He is a Clinical Supervisor at the Medical School, and an Associate Research Fellow for Medicine at Homerton College, Cambridge. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians.


Veselina Petrova

BSc University of Edinburgh

Veselina is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, where she holds a prestigious Gates Scholarship. She is based in the University's Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her current research focuses on strategies to repair the damage done to nerve cells by spinal cord injuries. She aspires to enhance our understanding of the neurodegenerative and regenerative processes in the brain; and to improve diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for affected individuals and their families.


Dr. Martyna Popis

BS University of Edinburgh, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Popis is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. Her current work revolves around stem cells and how they repair skin after injury, and the various molecular mechanisms involved in the process. She completed a PhD in Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in outreach and industry, and has previously worked with Cambridge-based groups such as The Innovation Forum and The Equality Challenge Unit. Dr. Popis is also a polyglot and has translated educational materials from English into Polish for EuroStemCell.


Patsy Rathbone

BFA, MFA Anglia Ruskin University

Patsy is a professional artist who manages her own business in interior design. In her work, she explores the home as a site for art production, and utilizes embedded meaning and people's historical connections to household objects. She also lectures at Cambridge Regional College, and has experience of supervising undergraduate students in Fine Art. Her creations have received many awards, including the Dr. Supanee Gazeley Fine Art Prize, which is given for the best body of work displayed at the Cambridge School of Art degree show.


Michael Sofranko

BGS Ohio University, MFA University of Iowa

Michael is a professor, writer, poet, and editor who has led numerous creative writing workshops throughout the United States and Europe, and whose most recent book, "American Sign," received the Antonio Machado Prize in Poetry. He has also been awarded the Sean Christopher Britton Prize, the Chancellor's Medallion, and a NISOD National Award for Teaching Excellence. Michael teaches Literature and Creative Writing at both high-school and university level in Houston, Texas.


Mohammad Usman

BA DePauw University

Mohammad is conducting doctoral research as Cambridge University, where he holds a coveted Gates Scholarship. His current project focuses on undocumented migrants and informal housing allocation processes in New York City. He is an active executive member of the Gates Scholars Council, and is the founder of the Cambridge Homeless Outreach program - an organization working to help the most vulnerable members of the town. Mohammed also has experience in industry, having held leadership positions with several major advocacy and non-profit organizations. Among them are spells as a Special Assistant for the Community Legal Resource Network at the City University of New York School of Law; an Operations Manager for Common Law; and a Development Officer for Project Remain – Nos Quedamos. Each of these roles revolved around issues related to access in justice and housing.


Ben Widdicombe

BSc, MSc London School of Economics, MSc University of Birmingham

Ben is a doctoral researcher in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. He is currently conducting the first major examination of prosecutorial decision-making in the Crown Prosecution Service since the mid-1990s. The project pays particular attention to the balance between prosecutorial discretion and public interest factors. Outside of academia, Ben has worked extensively in the legal and judicial sectors. In the past he has consulted with the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in Ten Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, and the Ministry of Justice.