Director & Faculty

Oxford Tradition class meeting outdoors

Our academic faculty is specially chosen from teachers and researchers in some of the world’s leading universities. 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 Oxford Tradition Director 

Director, Michael McKinley

Oxford Tradition Director, Michael McKinley

A journalist, screenwriter, filmmaker and author, Michael has a great deal of experience on our programs, having taught on the Oxford Tradition before directing the Cambridge Tradition for ten years. He now returns to the Oxford Tradition for his seventh year as Director. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA and from Oxford University with an MLitt, Michael has written widely for major publications and for TV in the UK, the US, and Canada, winning two national awards for feature writing.

He co-wrote and produced Sacred Ballot, a documentary for CNN and the CBC on the successor to Pope John II, and three widely acclaimed documentaries for CNN, The Mystery of JesusThe Two Marys and After Jesus. His first novel, The Penalty Killing, won outstanding reviews when it was printed in paperback in 2011. His book, Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons, was published by Penguin in October 2012.

The Oxford Tradition Faculty

Syed Ali Asad Rizvi

BEng National University of Scuence & Technology, Pakistan

Syed is a Rhodes Scholar conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford. He works as part of a machine-learning research group. He is particularly interested in financial time series forecasting and volatility prediction. Syed is a decorated scholar. In addition to the Rhodes, he holds an Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance Scholarship; was selected as a Microsoft Student Partner; and won a Gold Medal for the highest GPA in his year at the University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan. Outside academia, Syed is active in development, instrumentation, and training for Engro Fertilizers Ltd.


Alexandra Babinchak

BA, Post-Baccalaureate, University of Pennsylvania, MA University of St Andrews

Alex brings diverse expertise into the classroom, with specialist knowledge ranging from ranging from terrorism and Eastern European security to medicine. After completing her MA at St Andrews, she completed her premedical studies in the United States. She is currently completing her medical training in Australia at the University of Queensland. Alex has also worked in support of clinical drug trials and lung transplant research. In addition to her work in medicine she remains connected to the world of security studies as a researcher on a government-funded University of Pennsylvania project investigating relationships between emerging terrorist groups and analyzing attacks. She maintains an ongoing private consultancy practice in the biotech and security fields.


Flora Bagenal

BA Newcastle University, MA City University in London

Flora is a journalist specializing in international news and current affairs. She currently works in Thailand, where she reports for the "Christian Science Monitor" and "The Sunday Times." She also produces films for "Channel 4 News," one of Britain’s leading daily news shows. Before moving to Thailand, Flora was stationed in Kenya, the United States, and China. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.


Julie Bolitho

BA Alma College, MA King's College London

Julie is a 2005 Truman Scholar. Today she works as a poet, essayist, teacher, oil painter, and Kripalu yogini. She holds a BA in English from Alma College, and a master's degree in Literature and Medicine from King's College London. She has been featured on Cambridge University's "Bodies of Work" website, and has won several awards in poetry - among them the first prize in the 2007 Leaf Books Poetry contest. She has been published in a variety of literary journals. Her essays have featured in "Punchnel's," "Vegan Life" magazine, and "The Oxford Medical School Gazette." Julie is also an experienced pedagogue. She is the writer-in-residence at Cheney School in Oxford for First Story, and teaches undergraduate writing courses at St. Clare's College with a special focus on dystopia, fantasy, and travel.


Donald Field Brown

BA Mississippi State University, MPhil University of Oxford

Field is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he is researching modern British and European history. In the past he has held research scholarships at Stanford University and the University of Iowa. Field has addressed a variety of unions and organizations as a keynote speaker in both Europe and the United States. Outside of academia he is an elite athlete who played varsity football at Mississippi State University.


Antonio Celotto

BA Ecole International Realization Audiovisuelle, Paris

Antonio is a screenwriter and filmmaker. During his time at university, he won the prestigious EICAR Student Choice Award, which is given to the best student film, for his short project "Le Mirage." He is currently working on a feature film entitled "Mind Over Matter." In addition to his directorial skills, Antonio is also an experienced videographer, editor, and producer. He is a polyglot and regularly writes material for film in French, Italian, and English.


Dr. Nick Chan

BSc Aberystwyth University, MPhil, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Chan completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford as the Sir John Swire Scholar at St. Antony's College. His thesis was on the evolution of developing country coalitions in international climate change negotiations. He is currently investigating North-South relations, developing countries in the post-Cold War era, climate change negotiations, global environmental governance, inequality in world politics, and the power and roles of norms and ideas in international relations. Dr. Chan is also an active practitioner, having advised the delegations of several countries at international climate conferences, and having worked for Members of Parliament in the U.K.


Jennifer Crouch

BA Camberwell College of Arts, BSc University Aberdeen, Foundation in Graphic Design London College of Communication

Jennifer has a unique background in which the arts and sciences merge together. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. In this role, she collaborates with scientists on the development of workshops and artworks that explore and communicate the concepts being researched. She also serves as a tutor in anatomical drawing at Central Saint Martins College in the University of Arts London. Her diverse portfolio includes a visiting lectureship on the illustration of science fiction, the creation of artworks for use on the film set of "Paddington Bear," and the delivery of community workshops in Reitir, Iceland.


Priyanka deSouza

BS Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, MS Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Priyanka is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she is conducting research into environmental change and management. Her writing is published on a regular basis, including in the "Hindustan Times." Her current work focuses on energy technologies in India. She is leading a team on behalf of the government, consolidating ideas about energy technologies that would be best-suited to the nation's future. UNEP also employed her as a consultant on the design team that fabricated their low-cost air quality monitor. Priyanka is closely involved with the Rhodes Scholars' Southern African Forum, an important grant-giving body in Oxford.


Luar Klinghofer Bar Dov

BFA École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation

Luar wrote and directed five short films and participated in over 30 productions while a student at EICAR in Paris, and discovered a love for editing and set design in the process. One of her films went on to win an award in the Women Filmmakers category in the “Best Shorts Competition” at La Jolla. Since graduating she has worked in the art departments of two feature films, and on many other films as an editor, videographer, and assistant producer.


Tanner Efinger

BFA Marymount Manhattan College

Tanner is a dramaturge whose career has involved an array of directorships across Europe and the United States. He is Co-Director of the famously funny Oxford Imps. In addition to performing and directing, Tanner has significant experience devising and leading acting workshops for aspiring young actors. He has also written, directed, and edited a number of video productions, and has published work on a wide range of topics in various magazines and journals.


David Ehmke

JD Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, MSc University of Oxford

David is a doctoral researcher at Humboldt University in Germany. He is currently conducting research on private ordering contractual procedures for corporate debt restructuring; and he also has expertise in corporate insolvency, the methodological approach of law and economics, comparative law, and the philosophy of law. He obtained his master's degree in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Clarendon Fund and Cyril and Phillis Long Scholar, at the Faculty of Law and the Saïd Business School. David has held a number of visiting-scholar positions at prestigious institutions around the world, including Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.


Christina Floe

BA University of Oxford

Christina is a doctoral candidate and graduate tutor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. She is currently researching the role of student friendships and interactions in situations of inter-ethnic tension. She also works as a Waynflete Intern in Psychology at Magdalen College School. This involves giving classes about researching and writing extended essays on a variety of subjects related to psychology.


Rodrigo Fracalossi de Moraes

BA State São Paulo University, MA Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Rodrigo is a doctoral researcher in International Relations at the University of Oxford. He has a particular interest in transnational civil society and arms control policies. He is a decorated scholar and was awarded a prize for his master’s dissertation by the Ministry of Defense in Brazil. In the past he has worked for the Institute for Applied Economic Research - a Brazilian government-led think-tank whose mission is to improve the country’s public policies through research activities. Rodrigo served in the Brazilian Army as a First Lieutenant. He has published widely and is routinely cited as an authority on civil and social issues in the South American press.


Dr. Farid Garas

BA, MA, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Garas is a medical researcher. He departed the hospital for the laboratory after completing the initial phase of his clinical medical training, and gained a doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar. Recently he held a postdoctoral Fellowship at the MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit. He has since returned to his clinical work in order to qualify for practice as a medical doctor.


Tom Hashimoto

BA Boston University, MSc London School of Economics, LLM Erasmus University Hamburg

Tom is conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford. He is a specialist in financial geography. His work concentrates on the development of financial centers in Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Poland. He also has expertise in EU-Russian relations and Central and Eastern European integration. His findings have been published in the "Journal of Contemporary European Research" and the "International Journal of Energy Security and Environmental Research." Tom is an experienced lecturer, and currently teaches at Vistala University in Poland. He has held similar posts across the world at institutions including the University of Massachusetts, the Albanian Institute for International Studies, and the Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw.


Kenneth Hoehn

BA Duke University

Kenneth is a doctoral researcher in Genomic Medicine and Statistics. He is currently working on evolutionary approaches to understanding HIV infection. His previous research projects, both in academic and industrial settings, have included cancer genetics and drug sensitivity, the loss of gene function in evolution, the effects of chromosomal inversions on gene flow, sex-determining genes in coffin flies, fruit-fly mating habits, and the mass extinctions of mollusks. He is a Marshall, Goldwater, A.B. Duke, and Robert Byrd scholar.


William Jefferson

BA, BPhil University of Oxford

William is conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where he is based in Balliol College. His thesis focuses on ethics, political philosophy, and the role of empathy in morality. He is also interested in the possibility of blame-free morality; the connections between philosophy and meditation; the idea of learning through experience; and the potential roles for philosophy in social activism. Before taking up his current post at Oxford, William was employed as a management consultant. He routinely conducted mindful empathy workshops with groups such as Giving What We Can, World at Play, and the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya. Outside of academia, William enjoys tennis and yoga.


Dr. Daniel Jordan

BA University College Dublin, PhD University College Dublin

Dr. Jordan completed his doctorate in 17th-century British History at University College, Dublin, and at Hertford College, Oxford, where he was a Visiting Scholar. His thesis was the first study of the life and career of Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory. His research interests include the social history of the British aristocracy and the history of material and court culture. He publishes and presents at conferences on a regular basis. Dr. Jordan is also a seasoned educator. He has taught both undergraduates and high school students, and has held teaching appointments in Dublin, Oxford, and London, including at St. Paul’s Girls’ School. He is currently the Head of Arts and Humanities at the Oxford Tutorial College.


Marija Jovanovic

MA Universitet y Kraguyevac, MJur, MPhil University of Oxford

Marija is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. Her thesis explores the role of Human Rights law in addressing human trafficking, with a particular focus on trafficking victims and their legal position with respect to the state as well as their traffickers. She completed her previous degrees with support from the Open Society Foundation, and from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the form of a Chevening Scholarship. She currently serves as a legal expert for the AIRE Centre, a London-based NGO whose mission is to promote awareness of European law rights. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Human Rights Law at the University's Faculty of Law.


Vikram Kushwah

BA National Institute of Fashion Technology, MA University for the Creative Arts

Vikram is a professional photographer. His projects convey romantic visions, surrealist ideas, and strong narratives inspired by the uncanny nature of dreams and the distortion of fact in memory. As a student Vikram gained a BA in fashion design, a number of postgraduate diplomas in photography, and ultimately a master's degree in the discipline. Today he works as a commercial and art photographer in London. His images routinely appear in global publications like "Vogue Italia," "Harper's Bazaar," and "The Independent." Saatchi Art recently named Vikram as "an important artist to watch."


Andrew Lanham

BA Haverford College, MSt University of Oxford, MLitt University of Oxford

Andrew is a doctoral researcher in American Literature at Yale University. He began his graduate studies in literature as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. His current project examines the ways in which authors incorporate individuals into communities, with a special focus on works by Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje, and Toni Morrison. He is a Contributing Editor to "Land That I Live," and was the Co-Founder of the Rhodes Creative Writing Workshop.


Min-Ho Lee

BSc Imperial College London

Min-Ho is a Wellcome Trust Scholar at the University of Oxford. He is conducting doctoral research in Clinical Neuroscience, and divides his time between Green Templeton College and Imperial College London. He is currently investigating the potential use of safe, non-invasive methods such as MRIs in both diagnosis and research into various neurological conditions; and the utilization of ultra-high field functional MRIs in conjunction with non-invasive treatment options for chronic pain. Outside of the academic world, he is an accomplished athlete and rows in Oxford for Green Templeton.


Dr. Noelle Lopez

BA Santa Clara University, BPhi, DPhill University of Oxford

Dr. Lopez held a coveted Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford. She completed a doctoral thesis on the art of love in Plato's "Symposium," while simultaneously supervising undergraduates and teaching classes in moral philosophy. Today she is furthering her work in the philosophy of love as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University. Beyond academia, Dr. Lopez is a certified yoga teacher and an author of creative fiction, poetry, and pieces for screen and stage. Her works have been performed across America and the U.K.


Stefano Marcuzzi

BA, MA

Stefano is currently conducting geopolitical research in Rome with the prestigious SIOI (Società Italiana Organizzazione Internazionale). His principal areas of interest are the cultural, military, and political environment in which the collaboration between Italy and Britain developed during the First World War, stretching from diplomatic to financial relations, military cooperation, and propaganda; and Italy's role in NATO cyber-defense and Mediterranean strategy. He has published widely on a range of military and cultural subjects. He has also taught undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford.


Dr. Stephen Marsh

BA University of Oxford, BPhil University of Oxford, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Marsh is a former Fellow of Magdalene College in the University of Cambridge. He gained his undergraduate from the University of Oxford with a rare first-class honors degree in Classics. He went on to obtain a BPhil and DPhil in Philosophy before teaching at the University, ultimately moving to its famous rival across the Fens. Dr. Marsh is well-traveled and today serves as the Head of Classics at the Kamuzu Academy in Malawi.


Johana Musalkova

BA Charles University Prague, MA University of Aberdeen, MSc University of Amsterdam

Johana is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. She is based in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, where she is currently investigating issues of identity, memory, and region in Silesia. Her past projects have focused on the personal narratives of women living under Communism, and the relationship between language and power. Johana is also an expert on NGOs, and is experienced in development and fundraising - having once worked for the Forum 2000 Foundation.


Dr. Marilou Polymeropoulou

BA University of Athens, MA University of Athens, MA University College London, DPhil Oxon

Marilou is an anthropologist working in the field of digital humanities and is concerned with the study of the human condition as shaped by technology. Her articles have been published in peer-reviewed publications and she has been a recipient of various awards for her work (State Scholarships Foundation in Greece full doctoral scholarship, O’Reilly Media & Oxford Internet Institute best poster award, RMA & BFE student awards, St. Peter’s College tutor for graduates award, Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit Management Committee award). Marilou also teaches anthropology at the University of Oxford and various Oxford-based schools, as well as theory of knowledge for St. Clare’s, Oxford.


Ilija Rasovic

MEng University of Oxford

Ilija is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. He is currently investigating fullerene-based nanotechnologies for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in medicine. This work is building upon his earlier projects involving molecular machines. Ilija supervises undergraduates in materials sciences, and focuses particularly on the polymers course. He has also worked for Land Rover and Jaguar to develop crash test models to ensure vehicle safety. He is passionate about science education and communication and has served in various roles at Oxford as a STEM ambassador. He has received numerous commendations for his efforts to inspire others and share his love of science.


Dr. Alice Récalde

BS University of Bordeaux, MS University of Poitius, PhD Université Paris Diderot, Paris VII

Dr. Récalde is a postdoctoral researcher in cell culture, molecular biology, and immunostaining at the University of Oxford, where she works in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Her work has been published in a wide range of journals, and she regularly presents her findings at academic conferences across the world. Dr. Récalde has extensive teaching experience, and has supervised students up to PhD level at the University of Oxford.


Ibon Santiago

BSc University of the Basque Country, MSc Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ibon is currently conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where he specializes in condensed matter physics. His most recent projects in the Clarendon Laboratory have been moving toward programmable, motile, and responsive nanodevices in which DNA is used as a building block. He has extensive experience in ultra-high vacuum procedures, advanced laser technology, and optical setups. Ibon’s research work has taken him to Harvard University, the University of Würzburg, and CERN in Switzerland, where he conducted experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. He is widely published and has taught students up to graduate level.


Charlie Tyson

BA University of Virginia, MSt University of Oxford

Charlie is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he is conducting research into empathy and the ethics of art in the Victorian period. He has won many accolades, including a Beinecke Scholarship and a Robert Kent Gooch Scholarship. In the past he has worked as a reporting intern for "Inside Higher Ed." He has also served as a research assistant on projects focusing on everything from the relationships between women and gay men, to the syllabus of a new program on political and social thought. Outside academia Charlie is a keen sportsman who serves on the board of the Balliol College Boat Club.


Marion Vannier

LLB King’s College London, MA Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, MA Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas, LLM Georgetown University, MSc University of Oxford

Marion is currently pursuing doctoral research in Criminology at the University of Oxford, where she is a Paris Bar Scholar, a Rotary Scholar, and a French Educational Trust Fund Scholar. She is also a lawyer and member of both the Paris and New York Bar Associations. Her current research focuses on life without parole in California. She is investigating how and why this practice emerged and became normalized, rather than being challenged and amended. Marion is also an editorial assistant for "Theoretical Criminology."


Dr. Marsha Wallace

BS Middle Tennessee State University, PhD Cornell University

Dr. Wallace is a researcher at the Ludwig Cancer Institute at the University of Oxford. She works on functional and inherited genomics for application in the prediction and treatment of human disease. Dr. Wallace obtained a PhD in genetics and genomics focusing on somatic alterations that drive cancer. She has significant experience teaching laboratory and cell biology, incorporating cutting-edge research, new biotechnologies, and emerging issues such as genetic testing, personalized medicine, and bioethics.


Meredith Wheeler

BA Stanford University

Meredith holds a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford, where she is conducting research for an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She was once a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and mastered Arabic in Amman, Cairo, and Tangier as a U.S. State Department National Security Scholar. She has also held a Research Fellowship at the Brookings Institution Doha Center. Meredith's early work, which was conducted at Stanford University, came to national attention when "The Atlantic" published her findings in 2014. Today her investigations center on political disengagement in contemporary Egypt, where she lived and worked between 2009 and 2010.