Our faculty is comprised of Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright scholars; top academics from local universities and acclaimed institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Columbia; and creative professionals and performers. Each has been chosen for their qualifications and experience, and especially for their love of teaching young people.

Dr. Nafi Dilaver

BSc, MRes, PhD, University of London, MBChB, Swansea University

Nafi holds bachelor’s, master’s, and a PhD from the University of London, as well as a medical degree from Swansea University. He is a specialist in reproductive medicine, and in the fields of anatomy and physiology. He has a vast range of university teaching experience, and has published articles and book chapters. He is an Affiliate Member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Dr. William Jefferson
Critical Thinking

DPhil, University of Oxford

William works at the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Philosophy, an interdisciplinary research center that helps individuals and institutions with decision-making processes. He is an expert in the concept of empathy. In his doctoral thesis, he argued that empathy should be thought of not as an alternative to rational deliberation about how we are to act, but rather as an important input into such deliberation. He focused on exploring what we learn when we empathize with the suffering of another person.

Dr. Kathy Keown
English Literature

BA, MA, DPhil, University of Oxford

Kathy has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford. Her chief research interests lie in the historical development of women’s writing throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - particularly poetry, but also fiction and drama. She traces formal and aesthetic developments as well as changes in publication and circulation practices. Writers of particular interest to her work included Mary Barber, Mary Leapor, and Mary Jones. Her doctoral project was funded by a prestigious Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.

Dr. Nicholas Pierpan
Creative Writing

BA Bowdoin College, MPhil, DPhil, University of Oxford

Nicholas’ primary interests are theatre, film, television, and poetry. He recently combined interests in theatre and the poetry of William Wordsworth by writing a play about the poet’s life, produced in 2017 by English Touring Theatre and the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria. Nicholas won the 2013 Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for his play You Can Still Make a Killing. He has also won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing twice, a Peggy Ramsay Award, and was shortlisted for the Yale Drama Prize. He has been on attachment with the National Theatre Studio, and is currently the Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.