The heart of the Oxford Summer Seminar is the teaching and learning involved in small classes led by the Seminar's distinguished staff. The following brief biographies provide some indication of the outstanding academic or artistic achievements of the Seminar's faculty.
Sally Bayley completed her first degrees at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she studied British, American, and European literatures. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Mysore University, India, where she wrote a dissertation on Sylvia Plath. Now a lecturer in modern literature at Balliol College, Oxford, she has also been a tutor in English at Wadham College.
Andrew Beaumont is currently Domestic Bursar of Hertford College, Oxford. He completed a doctoral thesis at Lincoln College on British colonial administrators in pre-revolutionary North America, in which he examined crown and proprietary governors in the mainland colonies from the late 1740s to the mid 1760s. In his research he has continued to explore the role of the Board of Trade in forming imperial policy and the pressures incumbent on individual governors when asserting the crown's prerogative there.
Currently a lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Richard Coggins has taught not only at several other Oxford colleges but has also been a research associate at the University of Zimbabwe. His prime fields of interest are British political history in the era of decolonisation, especially the Rhodesian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) Democratization, failed democratic transitions in Africa, and the influence of external mediators, and non-governmental actors, on democratic transition
Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in English Literature, Corpus Christi College, Valentine Cunningham, M.A., D. Phil., is also Professor of English Language and Literature, Oxford University. He is the author of Everywhere Spoken Against: Dissent in the Victorian Novel (1975); The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse, ed. (1980); Spanish Front: Writers on the Civil War, ed. (1986); British Writers of the Thirties (1988); In the Reading Gaol: Texts, Postmodernity and History (1994); and Adam Bede, ed. (1996). He reviews widely in British and American periodicals, and broadcasts frequently for BBC Radio on literary and cultural topics.
A Fellow of Keble College and Emeritus University Professor of Paleography, Ralph Hanna holds degrees from Amherst College and Oxford and Yale universities. His recent publications include Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and their Texts (1996), an edition of Jankyn's Book of Wikked Wyves, (1997), "Miscellaneity and Vernacularity: Conditions of Literary Production in Late Medieval England," in The Whole Book: Cultural Perspectives on the Medieval Miscellany (1996), and "Some Norfolk Women and Their Books, ca. 1390-1440," in The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women (1996).
Beverley Lyle studied Law at University College, London and practised as a solicitor before changing careers to become an art historian. She completed her Master’s Degree and PhD at Oxford Brookes University. Her doctoral thesis researched patterns of artistic patronage in the Italian Renaissance city of Perugia, focusing on Franciscan and familial networks and their roles in the spread of ideas. Currently lecturing in Visual and Material Culture at Buckinghamshire New University, she regularly teaches Art History at Oxford Brookes and has also tutored at University College Oxford.
Tom MacFaul is Fellow and Departmental Lecturer at Merton College, University of Oxford, where he teaches English literature from the Renaissance to Romanticism. His books include Male Friendship in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (2007), Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England (2010), and a forthcoming study of fathers in Renaissance drama. He completed his BA at Cambridge University, and his doctorate at Oxford University.
Clare Morgan gained her M.Phil. in twentieth-century English literature from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, before taking an M.A. in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She then completed her D.Phil. at Oxford with a thesis on post-World War II literature and art. Currently director of Oxford University's MSt in Creative Writing and a fellow of Kellogg College, her most recent academic publication is What Poetry Brings to Business (University of Michigan Press 2010), while her new novel, A Book for All and None, will be published in June 2011 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. She is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement.
Martins Paparinskis, LLB (University of Latvia), MJur (Dist, Clifford Chance Prize), MPhil (Dist), DPhil, MA (Oxon), is a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College. He was recently a Hauser Research Scholar at the New York University (2009-2010), and before that tutored as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Oxford. Martins has varied research interests in the field of general international law. His recent and forthcoming publications mainly address the place of investment protection law and international economic law in the international legal order, including in the International Minimum Standard and Fair and Equitable Treatment (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012).
Sarah Poynting earned double first honours in English and Drama for her B.A. at London University and earned her M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in English from Oxford. Her edition of Walter Montague's The Shepherds Paradise was published by the Malone Society in 1997. She has held a lectureship at Lady Margaret Hall, where she taught Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, and has also taught at Mansfield and Wadham colleges. She is currently a Research Fellow at Keele University.
Madeleine obtained her PhD from the University of Warwick, where she also worked as a sessional lecturer, before moving to Brunel University as Teaching Fellow in 2012. She has also been a member of the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education tutor panel since 2010. Madeleine has published on Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Charlotte Bronte, psychoanalytic and gender theory, and comparative modernism. Her publications include a recent article in Dickens Studies Annual. She is currently finishing her first monograph, Traumatic Encounters: Parents and Children in the Mid-Victorian Novel. Her research interests include: Victorian literature and culture; the novel genre from the eighteenth century through to modernism; comparative literature; psychoanalysis and trauma studies; and cultural narratives of addiction.
Anne F. Broadbridge – Seminar Director
Anne is an Associate Professor of History, and received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches classes on early Islamic history, the Mongol Empire, the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, and Islamic Thought. She has published articles on medieval Islamic history, Islamic historiography, and Islamic-Mongol relations. Her first book, Kingship and Ideology in the Islamic and Mongol Worlds (Cambridge University Press), came out in 2009. Her current project is a book on Imperial women in the Mongol Empire.
Alex Bloom – Junior Dean (Student Program Assistant)
Alex is a senior English major and is also specializing in Professional Writing and Technical Communications. During his free time he loves to hike through lush woods, read, write, spend time with good friends and of course dream wistfully of Oxford and his time there. He is a fond believer in questing for the Holy Grail even if the Holy Grail is never found. He loves thinking and talking, and nothing makes him quite as happy as a great conversation. Alex will be coming to Oxford with the Seminar of 2014.
Chris Lindahl – Junior Dean (Student Program Assistant)
Chris is a Senior English major from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. His interests include cooking and eating, watching movies, writing, and reading. At Oxford, he particularly enjoyed vegging out on the lawn, playing dress up at high table, and exploring the city's hidden natural treasures. Chris will be coming to Oxford with the Seminar of 2014.