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Academic - Head of SIAS

  • Professor Rachel Murphy
    Head of School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Director of Contemporary Chinese Studies; Professor of Chinese Development and Society

    Prof Murphy will not be accepting any new doctoral students for the October 2018 intake.

Academic - Director

  • Professor Paul Irwin Crookes
    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    I have been based at Oxford since October 2011 where I offer classes on China's foreign policy and international relations as part of the teaching team in Contemporary Chinese Studies. Prior to this, I was a lecturer at the University of Manchester where I taught on the international relations of East Asia and the politics of the European Union. I have MPhil and PhD degrees from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and hold a BSc(Economics) from the LSE. My research examines UK-China economic relations after Brexit and the politics of EU-China relations.

Academic - Staff

  • Departmental Lecturer, Contemporary Chinese Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    My research focuses on Chinese domestic politics, in particular the Party-State apparatus, elite politics, political youth organizations, and the management of ethno-religious minorities.

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    Miriam Driessen is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) and a Junior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. Prior to joining SIAS in April 2016, Miriam completed a DPhil at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford (2014/15), and held a fellowship at Peking University (2014–2016).

  • Senior Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    Jennifer Holdaway’s work over the last 15 years has focused on bringing interdisciplinary approaches to the study of social and environmental change. Prior to coming to SIAS she worked at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), developing interdisciplinary programs first in the field of migration studies and later on environment and health.

  • Professor Kyle Jaros
    Associate Professor in the Political Economy of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    My research looks at the politics of subnational development and central-local relations in contemporary China. Prior to joining the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford, I was a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center, and I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Government at Harvard. I also hold an A.B. in Public and International Affairs and a Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture from Princeton University, and a Graduate Certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

  • Associate Professor in the Human Geography of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    Anna joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2009, jointly appointed by the School of Geography and the Environment. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University; an MA in Chinese Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has previously worked in Manchester and at Oxford's Institute of Chinese Studies.

  • Dr Annie Hongping Nie
    Teaching Associate and Chair of Examiners, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Research Associate, University of Oxford China Centre; Associate Faculty Member, Faculty of Oriental Studies

    Dr Annie Hongping Nie is a Teaching Associate and Chair of Examiners at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford as well as a Research Associate at University of Oxford China Centre. Previously she was a Faculty Tutor of Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford and a core member of the Leverhulme China’s War with Japan (1937-1945) Programme at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford.  Dr Nie was born in Chengdu, China and pursued graduate studies in the United States before she came to Oxford.

  • British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies

    Beginning in 2003, I lived in China for six years, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province as well as in various towns of Qinghai, home to many officially designated ‘Tibetan autonomous’ prefectures.  Prior to becoming an academic, my time in China was spent working in various capacities, as a staff member of two non-profit foundations, one aiding orphans and disabled children, and the other improving public health knowledge and infrastructure in remote Tibetan villages and nomadic settlements; as an English teacher in both Chinese- and Tibetan-medium secondary schools; and as a Chinese-English and Ti

  • University Lecturer in the Politics of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Tutor and Fellow, Merton College

    Dr Patricia M. Thornton is a political scientist whose research interests span the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern China. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and previously taught at a private liberal arts college in the US before serving as the Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Contemporary China Studies Programme as a University Lecturer in the Politics of China in 2008.

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