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Brettschneider Exchange

Cornell Visitors to Oxford

Nikolaus Krachler, a Ph.D. candidate in international and comparative labor, ILR School, will be travelling to the University of Oxford for two days in early July 2017. He will be meeting with professors who are relevant for his research interests and future job search. He intends to introduce his research to these professors, get useful feedback from them in terms of how to development his research further, and seek labor market advance in terms of potential future employers and how to optimize his job search.

His PhD dissertation research examines the factors that shape the quality of work practices in healthcare. He is conducting the research in the context of recent changes occurring in the US-American and British healthcare systems, in which public and corporate policymakers attempt to integrate work practices across settings that have traditionally not been integrated. These changes have major implications for the workforce, because professionals’ and unions’ traditional strongholds have been hospital-based, inpatient care.

This summer, he will be conducting two months of fieldwork in London, UK. He will interview public policymakers to understand how they have designed contracts to integrate care practices across different providers. The trip will help him in his intellectual development in terms of research and conferences but also to establish important contacts in the UK that will continue to support him in the future.

Anna Li is an interdisciplinary major at Cornell University. Her studies focus on landscape, preservation and cultural heritage. She is interested in the preservation of cultural activities within the landscape on community scale. For her research, surveying the existence of a culture and recoding cultural activities are very important in understanding the culture. The final goal of her research is to develop a sustainable future with a material understanding of the cultural roots.

In this program, she will be able to learn solid archaeological field skills, including section drawing, context reading, photography, magnetic survey. She will also have the opportunity to learn about heritage management, including understanding the meaning for evolution of community organization, social change, and architectural stratigraphy in prehistoric time.

The exchange program will help her perfect her own curriculum and gain hands-on archaeological skills with experienced field archaeologist. She will also have a chance to practice what she have learnt by teaching the newcomers on site. The combination of rigorous archaeological fieldwork, landscape archaeology, heritage management, teaching and the opportunities to work with top-notch scholars will enrich her academic experience.

Tamara Loos, Professor in History Department, was invited to Merton College, Christ Church College and several others within the Oxford University system.

Her research focuses are Southeast Asia and Thailand more specifically. She has written books on Thai history, both of which have entailed archival research about Siamese (Thai) students who studied in English in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These books and her next project reveal her continuing interest in the transnational exchanges that occurred between Asians who lived in the West and Westerners who found home in exile in Asia at the turn of the 19th century.

In her new project, she propose to contextualize the aspirations of individuals who came to British Buddhist Asia to escape various forms of perceived repression and to explore forms of spiritual and sexual emancipation. She will also consider the lives and aspirations of Asian men from British Ceylon, British Burma, and non-colonized Siam who sought emancipation of a more political sort in the West.

Derk Pereboom, Professor in Sage School of Philosophy, was invited to Kant and Freedom Workshop in Merton College, Oxford University as a lecturer.

His research is primarily on free will and moral responsibility and in philosophy of mind. He also works in early modern philosophy, especially on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and in philosophy of religion. He is the author of numerous books, including Living Without Free Will (2001), Consciousness and Prospects of Physicalism (2011), and Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life (2014).

Romin Abdolahzadi (Mathematics, Cornell University) travelled to Oxford University to conduct his project in Zariski Geometries and Anabelian Geometry. His project is aimed at investigating a major problem in Anabelian geometry, and he hopes to attempt a reduction of the problem to the concept of 'elimination of imaginaries' within model theory.


Russell Glynn (Urban and Regional Studies, Cornell University) traveled to Oxford University to learn about and understand, by way of the Transport Studies Unit, multi-regional transportation research centered on energy use and mobility. He hopes to use the information learned during his trip to relate European and American transportation policies and initiatives.

Ruth Mullett (Medieval Studies, Cornell University) traveled to Oxford University to continue conducting research for her project entitled, "The South English Legendary Prologue". Ruth was able to conduct research at libraries in Oxford and London, including the Bodleian and the British libraries. In her own words, traveling to Oxford would provide her with the, "...perfect opportunity to launch [her] dissertation research".


Jason Hecht (Government, Cornell University) was a Visiting Doctoral Student at Oxford in September 2012 as part of the Brettschneider Exchange. Jason was a recipient of the Luigi Einaudi Graduate Fellowship for 2012-13, as awarded by the Cornell Insititute for European Studies, to conduct research on his project, 'Class War or Politics as Usual? Class and Redistributive Politics in an Era of Expanding Inequality'. 

2011 (2008)

Susan Christopherson is Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise at Cornell University. She is an economic geographer (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley), whose research and teaching focus on economic development, urban labor markets and location patterns in service industries, particularly the media industries. Her research includes both international and U.S. policy-oriented projects.

Her book, Remaking Regional Economies: Labor, Power and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy(2007) focuses on barriers to regional economic development in the U.S. economy.

She has also written numerous articles for academic journals on subjects ranging from labor standards to the competition between US and Canadian regions for film and TV production.

Christopherson presented a lecture in the faculty of geography and environmental sciences at Oxford, focusing on her work on the Marcellus shale gas drilling, beginning to take off in Europe.



Stephen L. Morgan is the Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University.

Morgan visited Oxford from May 16-20, 2010 during which time he gave the lecture, "Primary and Secondary Effects of Stratification on College Entry in the United States."

Professor Morgan's other current areas of research include poverty, race, education, and methodology. In addition to journal articles and book chapters on these topics, he has published two books: On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States (2005) and, co-written with Christopher Winship,Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research (2007). He is also the lead editor (along with David Grusky and Gary Fields) of the collection Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and Economics(2006) and a co-editor (along with Arne Kalleberg, John Myles, and Rachel Rosenfeld) of Inequality: Structures, Dynamics and Mechanisms (2004).


María Antonia Garcés, Associate Professor in Hispanic Studies within the Department of Romance Studies, was invited to Oxford in November 2007 by Professor Edwin Williamson, King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish, Fellow of Exeter College.

She participated in the International Colloquium "Autoridad y poder en la literatura del Siglo de Oro” (Structures of Power in the Literature of the Spanish Golden Age), hosted by Professor Williamson at Exeter College, where she gave a keynote lecture in Spanish entitled, “Poder y saber en Cervantes: De la 'Epístola a Mateo Vázquez' a Los tratos de Argel.”

The visit gave her a chance to conduct research at the Bodleian Library, working at the Oriental Collection with manuscripts and drawings depicting early modern life in Istanbul. The findings will be used in her upcoming book on early modern relations between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. She delivered a keynote paper on "Captives, Dissidents, and Renegades: New Signs of Identity in Cervantes” at the Oxford Hispanic Research Seminar.

Robert S. Summers William G. McRoberts Professor of Research in the Administration of the Law at the Cornell Law School of 2005. Summers, who received his LL.B. from Harvard in 1959, is the author of numerous books, including The Uniform Commercial Code (with James J. White, 1995). The four-volume treatise is considered the most influential treatment of the largest body of private law ever adopted by American state legislatures.

Other significant books by Summers include Law: Its Nature, Function and Limits (1986), Form and Substance in Anglo American Law (1991), Instrumentalism in American Legal Theory (1982) and Lon L. Fuller (1984). Summers has been a member of the Cornell law faculty since 1969, assuming his endowed professorship in 1976. He visited Oxford in 2007.


Gail Holst-Warhaft At the invitation of Dr. Dimitris Papanikolao, Director of the Modern Greek program in the Department of Modern Languages, Oxford University, Gail Holst-Warhaft visited Oxford in May 2006.

She gave two public seminars, with one focusing on the Rembetika Music of Greece and the other on the relationship between the music of Mikis Theodorakis and Modern Greek poetry. Holst-Warhaft published her translations of the collected poems of Mikis Theodorakis, I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems and Songs of Theodorakais and her revised edition of her book Road to Rembetika.

She is the director of the Mediterranean Initiative in the Cornell Institute for European Studies, and an adjunct professor in the departments of Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and Comparative Literature.