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Oxford Visitors to Cornell
Michael Vickers Picture

Michael Vickers is a Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus college, and former Curator of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum and Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies at Jesus College. He has also taught at University College, Dublin, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He has been a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and is a Corresponding Member of the German Archeological Institute and of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was co-director of the joint British-Georgian Pichvnari Expedition 1998-2010, and Chairman of the Friends of Academic Research in Georgia 2005-2010. He is Dean of Degrees of Jesus College, Oxford.


Giacomo Vagni Picture

Giacomo Vagni is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Oxford University working with Professor Benjamin Cornwell on a project about temporal regularity in human behavior. He received his undergraduate degree from Universite libre de Bruxelles major in Sociology and Anthropology, and received his master’s degree in 2014 at Universite de Geneve. From 2015 to present, he is working towards his Ph.D. degree with focuses on time use, families, and personal networks.

He is the coauthor of ‘Froms of care among native Swiss and older migrants from Southern Europe: a comparison’ (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies). He has published books and articles on families, time use, and immigrations, and has interests on sequence analysis, computational social science, and high performance computing.

In 2015-2018, he was awarded the ERC Scholarship by University of Oxford. He visited Cornell from August to December in 2017. 

Ben Ansell Picture

Ben Ansell is Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions in the Department of Politics and International Relations and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College. He received his PhD in Government from Harvard University in 2006 and conducts research in a wide area of comparative politics and political economy. Before joining Oxford and Nuffield College he was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His initial research focus was the politics of education, with his book From the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Politics of Education, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 and winning the William H. Riker prize for best book in political economy. He is currently working on the interplay between inequality and democratization and on the effects of housing price booms and busts on political preferences. The former research has culminated in Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. His work has been published in International OrganizationWorld PoliticsComparative Political Studies, and the American Political Science Review. From September 2013, together with David Samuels at the University of Minnesota, he is co-editor of Comparative Political Studies.

David Rueda Picture

David Rueda is a Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and a Fellow of Nuffield College. He is also one of the editors of the Socio-Economic Review, and the co-organizer of the Comparative Political Economy Seminar at the Department of Politics and International Relations. His research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, the politics of industrialized democracies and comparative methods. 

His current research examines the relationship between government partisanship and economic policy in industrialized democracies. He is also working on projects analyzing the politics of inequality and the influence of institutional configurations over political and economic outcomes.


Martin Taylor Picture

Sir Martin Taylor, FRS, Professor of Pure Mathematics and Past Vice-President and Physical Secretary of the Royal Society, took up office as Warden of Merton College on 2 October 2010. Sir Martin was a Professor of Pure Mathematics at Manchester, after moving from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1986. Most recently his research has led him to study various aspects of arithmetic geometry: in particular, he and his collaborators have demonstrated how geometric properties of zeros of integral polynomials in many variables can be determined by the behaviour associated L-functions. Sir Martin read Mathematics at Pembroke College, Oxford before gaining a PhD at King's College London.

In 1982 he was awarded the London Mathematical Society's Whitehead Prize and the Adams Prize (shared) in 1983. He became President of the London Mathematical Society in 1998, and in the same year was given an EPSRC Senior Fellowship. In 2003 he received a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and became Chairman of the International Review of Mathematics (Steering group).

Ralf Bader Picture

Ralf Bader (Philosophy, Oxford University) was able to participate in the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the North American Kant Society. This event took place at Cornell at the beginning of the June 2013. Bader commented that the conference was incredibly valuable and that he, "...benefited from a large number of fruitful discussion, received helpful feedback on [his] research and learned a great deal from the various talks and symposia".

Rhiannon Ash Picture

Rhiannon Ash (Classics, Oxford University) a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Merton College, where she has been working since 2007. She was invited by the Classics Department at Cornell, specifically by Professor Michael Fontaine, to participate in a celebratory conference for the eminent Classicist Professor Fred Ahl, to take place over September 7th-8th in  the Classics Department. She was able to offer some personal reminiscences about Professor Ahl and his career and chair some papers.

Paolo Ronchi Picture

Paolo Ronchi holds a BA and a JD from Bologna Law School and MJur as Gregory Kulkes scholar from Balliol College, Oxford. Currently, he is reading as Lamb and Flag Scholar for a Doctor of Philosophy in Law at St John's College, Oxford. 

Paolo’s thesis critically approaches Article 8 European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), which guarantees the right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence, and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on it by adopting and autonomy-and-respect analysis.

Paolo will visit Cornell for during the week of March 25, 2013. While at Cornell, Ronchi will undertake research in the field of medical law and autonomy, specifically in the fields of abortion, euthanasia/assisted suicide and contraception. The judicial reasoning of European judges in cases dealing with these matters (eg Pretty v UK and A, B and C v Ireland) will be compared and contrasted with the same type of cases dealt with by the US Supreme Court (Roe v Wade, Casey, Glucksberg).

Irem Kok Picture

Irem Kok is a second year PhD student in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford, funded by a partnership scholarship program by Clarendon Fund and Brasenose College Annual Fund. In 2011, Irem completed the MSc program in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at Oxford, studying on Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme. Before Oxford, she majored in philosophy and economics, followed by a master's degree in political science and international relations at Bogazici University, Turkey.

Irem’s doctoral research investigates corporate transparency and regulatory disputes regarding environmental impacts of the shale gas industry in the US and Europe. She is interested in issues of corporate disclosure, scientific disputes, regulatory and legal processes involved in the governance of unconventional gas development. Theoretically, her dissertation benefits from multidisciplinary academic literatures in economic geography, science and technology studies (STS), and environmental law.

Irem will visit Cornell between March 25 and April 5, while undertaking her research on the Marcellus Shale Development. During her stay at Cornell, she will be utilizing from academic and policy resources at the Natural Gas Resource Center, as well as following the on-going regulatory and scholarly debates on shale gas in upstate New York.

Gabriela Frei Picture

Gabriela Frei is a third year Greendale Scholar at Merton College, reading for a DPhil in modern history.  She earned an MSt in Historical Research from the University of Oxford (2008), and a degree as Licentiata Philosophiae from the University of Berne (Switzerland). 

Her research interests are the history of war, the theory of war, 19th and 20th century naval and military history, British defence policy (in particular imperial defence), naval and maritime strategy, and international law.

Gabriela was a fellow of the summer seminar in military history at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. in 2009. Most recently she was awarded the Edward S. Miller Fellowship in Naval History from the US Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Gabriela visited Cornell from April 3 to May 4, conducting research for her doctoral thesis entitled, ‘In Search of Principles. Command of the Sea and Naval Strategic Thinking in Great Britain, 1870 – 1914’, dealing with the conceptualization of naval warfare, how and what kind of principles of naval strategy are defined, how a theory of naval warfare is formulated, and offering an analysis of a more integrated theory of war. 

Jan Machielsen Picture

Jan Machielsen is a third year DPhil candidate in History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is a Scatcherd European scholar at Oxford University and has been a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University. His research is also supported by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Jan works on a biography of the Spanish-Flemish Jesuit Martin Delrio (1551-1608), whose ‘Disquisitiones Magicae’ (1599-1600) was probably the most influential text on magic and witchcraft written during the course of the early modern European witch-hunt. Jan hopes to integrate Delrio’s other interests and writings (works of classical scholarship, political memoirs and religious polemics) into a single narrative.

Jan visited Cornell from February to March 2010, during which time he explored Cornell’s unparalleled witchcraft library (gathered together by its secular 19th century librarians). He was particularly interested in Cornell’s collection of published academic disputations, orations and discussions on magic and witchcraft and what they might reveal about the role early modern universities played in propagating witchcraft belief.

Jonathan Cross Picture

Jonathan Cross, a Professor of Musicology and Fellow of Christ Church, visited Cornell April 2-7, 2009.  He has written, lectured and broadcast widely on issues in twentieth-century and contemporary music, theory and analysis. 

His publications include the highly acclaimed The Stravinsky Legacy (1998), a study of the work of Harrison Birtwistle (2000), and The Cambridge Companion to Stravinsky (2003). His latest publication is Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus (2009).  He was Associate Editor (1994-99) and Editor (2000-2004) of the journal Music Analysis, and currently serves on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of Music Analysis, Tempo and the Journal of Mathematics and Music

During his visit, Professor Cross met with Music Department graduate students and presented works of Birtwistle to the Composers' Forum.  He also delivered a public lecture entitled “Paradise Lost:  Neoclassicism, Stravinsky and the Melancholia of Modernism” on April 7.

Peter Hedstrom Picture

Peter Hedström is Professor of Sociology and Official Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He received his doctorate from Harvard University and has held faculty appointments at Singapore Management University, Stockholm University, and University of Chicago.  He is an analytical sociologist with a particular interest in the dynamic interplay between micro-level actions and macro-level outcomes.

Hedstrom visited Cornell from March 22-28, 2009 during which time he gave the lectures, "Path-Dependent Paths: Social Structure and the Evolution of Interorganizational Networks" and "Analytical Sociology: Principles and Applications."

Hedstrom has published several numerous articles in leading journals, he is on the Editorial Board of Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Rationality and Society, and Acta Sociologica, and he is an elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

David Rueda Picture

David Rueda is Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, and a Fellow of Merton College.  In 2009,  Professor Rueda is at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 

His research interests range from comparative political economy and the politics of industrialized democracies to comparative research methods.  His current research looks at the relationship between government partisanship and economic policy in industrialized democracies, the politics of inequality, and the influence of institutions on political and economic outcomes. 

Professor Rueda visited Cornell September 23 to 27, 2009, during which he guest lectured in an undergraduate course on “Welfare States in Europe: Diversity and Challenges” and delivered a paper entitled “Insider/Outsider Politics in Sweden” at the Making Welfare States Work conference, co-organized by CIES and the Center for the Study of Inequality.  

Owen Darbishire Picture

Owen Darbishire is the Abraham and Henrietta Brettschneider Scholar & Rhodes Trust University Lecturer in Management Studies, Saïd Business School, Oxford University.

His research focuses on how labour markets, employment patterns and work are changing in countries such as Germany, the United States and Great Britain. In examining how corporations respond to such pressures as new technology, increased competition and the deregulation of markets, the research explores the influence of national systems of corporate governance and industrial relations.

A particular focus has been comparative research in the telecommunications and automobile industries. Professor Darbishire visited Cornell March 22 – 28, 2008 and met with many students and faculty throughout the week. At 4:30pm on Tuesday, March 25th, he gave a public lecture at the AD White House on "The Emergence of an Anglo-Saxon Model? Convergence in Industrial Relations Institutions."

Mark Whittow Picture

Dr. Mark Whittow is a medieval historian and archaeologist, specializing in the Mediterranean and Byzantine worlds, AD 500‐1300, with particular emphasis on landscape and settlement patterns, and the social and political forces that shaped them.

He carries out field work on Byzantine sites in Turkey, and is currently writing The Transformation of Europe: the Feudal Revolution and Material Culture, 900‐1250 with Dr Rosamund Faith. He is also Honorary Secretary of the Council for British Research in the Levant, a body supported by the British Academy that exists to promote, sponsor and carry out research in the Levant (i.e., Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and Syria). Dr. Whittow visited Cornell September 20‐28, 2008 and met with many faculty, students and area high school students throughout the week. He gave a public lecture entitled, “War of the Worlds: Medieval History and the Challenge of the Global” on September 22 at 153 Uris Hall.

Edwin Williamson Picture

Edwin Williamson is the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College. He has previously held the Forbes Chair of Hispanic Studies at Edinburgh University and academic posts at Trinity College, Dublin, and Birkbeck College, University of London. He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, California, and at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, and a Leverhulme Research Fellow, 1995-96.

In 2002, he was appointed "Comendador de la Orden de Isabel la Católica" for services to Hispanism in the United Kingdom. His research and publications reflect his interests in both Latin America and the Golden Age of Spain.

A historian as well as a literary scholar, his books include The Half-Way House of Fiction: Don Quixote and Arthurian Romance (1984), Cervantes and the Modernists (1991), The Penguin History of Latin America (1992), and Borges: A Life ( 2004), which has been translated into six languages.

He is currently leading a series of seminars on "Authority and Power in the Golden Age of Spain" with researchers from Oxford, Munster (Germany) and Navarra (Spain). Professor Williamson visited Cornell November 12 – 18, 2006, which coincided with International Education Week. He gave a public lecture on "The Politics of Comedy in Don Quixote: Four Crises in the Development of the Narrative" on November 14th.

Walter Mattli Picture

Walter Mattli is the Fellow in Politics at St. John's College and Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Geneva and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. From 1995 until 2004, he taught at Columbia University in New York where he was Associate Professor of International Political Economy and a member of the Institute of War and Peace Studies.

He is the author of The Logic of Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He has published articles on European legal integration, comparative regional integration, international commercial dispute resolution, and globalization and international governance.

His latest book is The Political Economy of International Standards Setting. Smaller projects concern transatlantic relations and EU enlargement. He has been a Forum Fellow as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, a Fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, and a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies) in Berlin.

In 2003, he was awarded the JP Morgan International Prize in Finance Policy and Economics of the American Academy in Berlin. Before beginning his graduate studies, he worked in international banking. He visited Cornell from April 7 – 14, 2006 and gave a public lecture on Global Rule-Making Battles: The Case of Product Standards.