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 2017 our teaching staff in Oxford and Cambridge alone included 36 Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, making Oxbridge one of the biggest employers of elite 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.


Tanvi Bhatkal

BA University of Mumbai, MSc University of Oxford

Tanvi is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge where she researches the interplay of gender, urban planning, governance and cultural politics in India. Prior to Cambridge she worked in public policy and international development at a number of think tanks and NGOs in Mumbai and London.


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.


Dr. Luisa Capalbo

BSc, MSc University of Naples Federico II, PhD Open University

Dr. Capalbo is a Research Associate in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. She supports a wide range of undergraduate teaching at Cambridge in the areas of cell and developmental biology, as well as cancer and genetic diseases. Her own widely published research focuses on the regulation of cell division.


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.


Margaret Comer

BA University of California, Berkeley, MPhil Univeristy of Cambridge,

Margaret is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge in Archaeology where her work is supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Her research focuses on changing patterns of commemoration and memorialization of Soviet repression at sites in Russia connected to the former gulag system and Great Terror. More generally, she is interested in contested memories and memorializations of twentieth-century terror in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as in the uses of mortuary architecture and graves in the construction and reinforcement of national identities.


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. 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.


Jonathan Harris

BASc University of Toronto

A researcher at the University of Cambridge studying blast-absorbing materials, Jonathan is primarily interested in spacecraft and aircraft design, areas in which he has gained considerable experience from working on a variety of civilian and military aircraft projects.


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."


Harriet Horsfall

BCJ Queensland University of Technology, MSc University of Oxford

Harriet is a Rhodes Scholar and researcher at the University of Oxford working in global governance and diplomacy, with a focus on disaster response. She has worked on international development projects for NGOs in Indonesia, Nepal, and Cambodia, and previously led a youth literacy and numeracy program in Australia.


Grace Huckins

AB Harvard College; MSc University of Oxford

With the support of a Rhodes Scholarship, Grace is completing the Wellcome Trust doctoral program in neuroscience at the University of Oxford. Her work aims to build models that mimic the ways in which the brain works in an effort to understand everything from mental illness to philosophical questions about where the mind comes from.


Boitumelo Loate

BAccSci, MCom University of Witwatersrand, MBA Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

A Chartered Accountant with over five years of experience as a senior auditor for KPMG, Boitumelo recently completed her MBA at Oxford’s Saïd Business School as a Chevening Scholar. At Oxford she was specially selected to join the Oxford Saïd Finance lab. She previously served as a Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in her native South Africa.


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.


John McCarthy

BS Boston College, MS Georgetown University

John McCarthy studies the impact of genetic engineering on biomechanical characteristics of organisms at the University of Cambridge. He is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of a biopharmaceutical startup working on the treatment of rare diseases. John previously served as a science liaison for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Outside of the laboratory John is an avid sportsman who rows and coaches rowing at a high level.


Keiron Murphy

MPhys University of Liverpool

Kieron is a researcher in the Quantum Matter Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His primary interest is in low-temperature condensed matter physics, specifically looking at thermal transport mechanisms in strongly correlated electron systems such as unconventional superconductors. In addition to his experimental work, Kieron supervises finalist undergraduates in physics at Cambridge.


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.


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.


Nicholas Rice

BSc University of Cape Town, MPhil University of Cambridge

A Gates Scholar, Nicholas's research investigates multiphase reactor hydrodynamics using MRI. His earlier research was on magnetic resonance imaging of the freeboard of gas-solid fluidized beds.


Alo Roosing

BSc King’s College London; MPhil University of Cambridge

A doctoral researcher in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, Alo works on the programming of GPUs for general purpose computation with a focus on mesh generation and fluid dynamics. He is expert in a half dozen computer programming languages.


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.


Adam Streeter

BA George Washington University, MPhil University of Cambridge

Adam is a researcher in international relations. His most recent work is a comparative study of policing between Northern Ireland and Palestine. Prior to his time at Cambridge, Adam worked with the International Rescue Committee in Washington, DC, and taught in the West Bank as part of a U.S. Department of State program.


Nicolas Valenzuela Levi

BA, MA Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; MPhil University of Cambridge

Nicolás is a PhD researcher in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, funded by the Chilean National Commission for Science and Technology. Between 2012 and 2015 he served as Director of the Planning Secretariat for the Municipality of Providencia, Chile, and lectured in the Faculty of Architecture at his alma mater the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His research interests include the political economy of network industries, including transport, energy, water, telecommunications and waste, the politics of urban investment, and the links between infrastructure and inequality. He recently won a Future Cities Prize Fellowship by the University of Cambridge for his ongoing research on the links between network technologies and inequality.


Dr. Joanna Watson

BA, MSc, PhD University of Cambridge

Dr. Watson is a structural biologist at the University of Cambridge working on Cdc42 effectors involved in actin cytoskeleton and endocytosis. In addition to her research she leads undergraduate supervision at Cambridge in several subjects, including the molecular biology and bioinformatics.


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.


Dr. Chris Williamson

MEng University of Bangor, PhD University of Cambridge

An Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chris co-founded Flexypix, a company fabricating flexible, transparent, switchable glazing. Additionally, he was head photographer at the Cambridge Union Society from 2013 to 2016 and is a photographer for Getty images. He has taken portraits some of the world’s best known figures including Bernie Sanders, Russell Brand, Robert Downey Jr., and Calvin Klein.