Professor AC Grayling

MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA

Master of the New College of Humanities

Professor AC Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, where he teaches for the Philosophy Degree, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.

He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects, and for several years he wrote the Last Word column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the Thinking Read column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.

In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.

AC Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He has served as a Trustee of the London Library and a board member of the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 he was a Man Booker Prize judge, in 2010 was a judge of the Art Fund prize, and in 2011 the Wellcome Book Prize. He was the chairman of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

Anthony Grayling’s new book, The Challenge of Things was published in March 2015.

Professor Richard Dawkins

BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRS, FRSL

Visiting Professor of Science Literacy

A prize-winning evolutionary biologist, Professor Richard Dawkins is one of Britain’s best-known academics and was the inaugural Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. His 1976 work, The Selfish Gene, advocated the gene-centred view of evolution, which now dominates Darwinian theory. His other books on evolution include The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor’s Tale and The Greatest Show on Earth.

Richard Dawkins has achieved wide popular recognition through his books and documentary films. His book, The God Delusion, has sold more than two million copies and is published in 31 different languages.

In 2006 he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, which supports research into the psychology of belief and religion, and scientific education programmes and materials.

Richard Dawkins is Professor of Science Literacy at the College and is also an emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford.

Professor Lawrence Krauss

BSc (Carleton), DPhil (MIT)

Visiting Professor of Science Literacy

Professor Lawrence Krauss was born in New York but raised in Canada. Lawrence Krauss took undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Carleton University and a PhD from MIT. He taught at Yale before moving on to Case Western and Arizona State Universities.

He has been a prominent critic of intelligent design and during the 2008 Presidential campaign he served on Barack Obama’s science policy committee.

He is the only physicist ever to hold the highest awards of the US’s three major Physics Societies.

Lawrence Krauss’ many books include Fear of Physics, The Physics of Star Trek and Hiding in the Mirror, where he criticises string theory. Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science was published in March 2012 and A Universe from Nothing co-authored with Richard Dawkins was published in January 2012.

At NCH, Lawrence will be teaching cosmology and particle physics alongside his role as Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.


Dr Melanie Gibson

BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (SOAS)

Head of Faculty & Visiting Professor of Art History

Dr Melanie Gibson has a BA in Arabic from St Anne’s College, Oxford. She took her MA and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Since 2006 she has been director and tutor of the Islamic module of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at SOAS. In 2009 she set up and taught with Dr Moya Carey the ‘Artistic and Architectural Heritage of the Islamic World’ course at the Aga Khan University, London.

Dr Georgios Manginis

BA (Athens), MA, PhD (Lond)

Lecturer in Art History

Originally from Greece, Dr Georgios Manginis took his BA in Archaeology at the University of Athens. He then moved to London where he completed his MA and PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Georgios Manginis started teaching Theory of Art History and Archaeology in 2001 and in 2010-12 he organised seminars on Chinese Ceramics at the Benaki Museum, where he is acting as a consultant. In 2012-13 he was SOAS Senior Teaching Fellow teaching Islamic Art and Architecture. In summer 2013 he went to Princeton University on a Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship and in 2014 he taught Islamic Art and Urbanism at the Institute of Ismaili Studies and co-tutored the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art / Islamic Art module. He has curated ancient and contemporary art exhibitions and the Treasury and Library of the Greek Cathedral of Saint Sophia, London. He has excavated at several sites in Greece, Cyprus, France and Egypt.

He joined NCH in Michaelmas 2014 to teach the Art and Architecture of Byzantium as part of the Art History Enrichment Course.


Dr Joel Robinson

BA (Alberta), MA (Western Ontario), PhD (Essex)

Lecturer in Art History

Dr Joel Robinson is an historian of Architectural Culture, Visual Art and Landscape in the Modern and Contemporary Periods. He holds a BA Honors (1995) in Art History from the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada), and an MA in Art History (1997) from the University of Western Ontario in London (Canada), where he began his teaching career. After practicing freelance journalism for a while, he returned to an academic vocation, earning a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex in 2007. He has taught modules for the University of Western Ontario, the University of Essex, Birkbeck College and The Open University. Joel Robinson is currently an Associate Lecturer with The Open University in the East of England, and a Research Affiliate and Consultant in the Faculty of Arts at The Open University.

He is also the London Contributing Editor for the magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News, as well as Associate Editor for the Open Arts Journal, launching in the Spring of 2013.

Dr Marianna Koli

BSc, MSc, PhD (Manchester)

Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Marianna Koli joined the College from the University of Birmingham, where she was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics, lecturing in Development Economics, Statistics and Quantitative Methods. Previously, she spent five years as Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester, where she lectured in Statistics for Development Economists at the postgraduate level.

She was educated at the University of Manchester, where she earned a BSc in International Management, an MSc in Economics with Distinction, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management. She has been heavily involved in student support activities throughout her career. She has also previously worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico City.

Mr Masud Ally

BA (Cantab), MLitt (St. And), MSc (UCL), PhD (pending)

Lecturer in Economics

As an undergraduate, Mr Masud Ally read Economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He holds Masters degrees in Management (St Andrews) and Economics (University College, London). After a short stint working in the financial services, he began his doctorate in Economic History, with full ESRC studentship, at Oxford. His areas of research interest include: Economic Methodology; the History of Economic Thought; Social Norms; the Sociology of Finance; Ethics, and Financial Malfeasance.

Masud Ally has taught undergraduates at a number of Oxford colleges, and postgraduates at the Oxford Department of International Development.

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

BSc (Delhi), BA, MA, PhD (Cantab), FBA, FAAAS

Visiting Professor of Economics

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta was named a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 2002 Birthday Honours List for services to Economics. Sir Partha has the rare distinction of being a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Taking a degree in Physics at the University of Delhi, Sir Partha  Dasgupta then moved to the University of Cambridge, where he took a degree in Mathematics, followed by a PhD in Economics. His first teaching position was at the London School of Economics.

Sir Partha Dasgupta divides his time between NCH and Cambridge, where he is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, and Manchester, where he teaches graduates Environmental & Development Economics.

Dr Melania Nica

MA (Concordia), MSc, MRes, PhD (LSE)

Lecturer in Economics

Dr Melania Nica has notable experience at several top UK universities. She has held a Teaching Fellowship at the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as acting as Teaching Assistant at University College London (UCL) and as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Kent during her PhD studies. She was awarded her PhD in Economics from the LSE in 2014. Her previous studies include an MSc and MRes in Economics at the LSE, in 2007 and 2008 respectively, and an MA from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2003.

Melania Nica’s recent PhD work is expected to lead to a number of high-quality publications. She is currently working on three research papers, titled Conforming to Stand Out: A Model of Career Concerns with Biased Experts, Political Correctness as Anti-Herding, and Corporate Governance with Social Ties. Melania also speaks at conferences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Dr Mike Peacey

BSc, MA, PhD (Bris)

Lecturer in Economics

Dr Mike Peacey took his BSc in Mathematics at the University of Bristol before continuing there to do a MSc in Economics. He then worked as a Teaching Assistant in economics at the University of Bristol before doing his PhD in Applied Microeconomic Theory. The first chapter of his PhD was published in Nature, and he is currently working on the other chapters. Whilst finishing and after submitting his PhD, Mike Peacey was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath.

In addition to speaking at conferences across Europe, Mike Peacey has also gained European-wide coverage for his work including The Guardian, The Economist, Spiegel (Germany) and STV (Sweden).

This year Mike Peacey won the Maria Jesus San Segundo Award, given for the best paper presented by young authors (AEDE). He also received an award from the University of Bath in recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning.

Dr George Zouros

BSc, MSc (Lond), PhD (LSE)

Lecturer in Economics

Dr George Zouros joined the College from the London School of Economics where he was a Teaching Fellow lecturing in Quantitative Methods, Operational Research Methods and Logic. He taught Mathematics for Economics at the LSE between 2000 and 2012 both at graduate and undergraduate levels. He is always keen to employ new technologies and innovations in his Mathematics teaching and has been awarded two teaching awards from the Mathematics and the Philosophy departments of the London School of Economics.

He received a PhD in Philosophy of Science in 2007 from the London School of Economics, where he is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. George Zourous completed a PGCE in Mathematics at Kings College in 2009 and previously earned a BSc in Physics (Queen Mary College 1992) and an MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces (Imperial College, 1993).

Professor Niall Ferguson

BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Visiting Professor of Economic History

Professor Niall Ferguson is an expert in Financial and Economic History, as well as Imperial History. Niall Ferguson’s work as an academic and commentator and broadcaster has inspired debate and discussion throughout his career.

His publications include: The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, and, most recently, High Financier: The Lives and Times of Siegmund Warburg.

Dr Catherine Brown

BA (Cantab), MSc, MA (Lond), PhD (Cantab)

Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in English

Dr Catherine Brown studied English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She moved out into academic and practical Politics, lived in New York and Moscow and learned Russian and Spanish, before returning to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge for her PhD as an English-Russian comparatist.

She has taught literature of the last two centuries at the universities of Cambridge, Greenwich, and most recently Oxford. Catherine Brown is the author of The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (Legenda, 2011) and is Vice-President of the DH Lawrence Society.

Dr Charlotte Grant

BA (Cantab), MA (Courtauld Institute), PhD (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer in English & Art History

Dr Charlotte Grant has a BA (first class honours) and a PhD in English from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute.

She joined NCH from King’s College, London where she was a Lecturer in 18th Century Literature, and Convenor of the MA in 18th Century Studies. In 2009-2010 Charlotte held a lectureship in Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Cambridge. From 2007-2010 she was a Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at King’s College, Cambridge, and previously held a similar post at Jesus College. From 2001 to 2005 Charlotte Grant was a Senior Research Fellow at the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior.

Mr Jaya Savige

BA, MPhil (UQ), PhD (Cantab, pending)


English, Creative Writing

Jaya Savige is a Lecturer for the English BA at New College of the Humanities. He is a prize-winning poet who studied for his PhD as a Gates Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He was awarded a university medal for a first class honours BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Queensland, Australia, where he also received an MPhil in Creative Writing.

Jaya’s poetry and non-fiction has been widely anthologised, and has appeared in literary publications in the USA, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has given readings by invitation in London, New York, Berlin, Prague, Verona, Sydney and Bali, and has held writing residencies in Rome and Paris. He is the current poetry editor for The Australian newspaper.

Howard Jacobson

BA (Cantab)

Visiting Professor of Creative Writing

Best known for his 2010 Man Booker winning novel The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson lectures for the English BA and meets students informally at NCH to discuss literature and writing.

Howard Jacobson lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to England to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, having read English there under F R Leavis.

Howard Jacobson lists Samuel Johnson, Jane Austen and Dickens among his foremost inspirations, and has written variously about comedy, Australia, Jewishness and love.

His novels Kalooki Nights (2006) and Who’s Sorry Now (2002) were both long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and The Mighty Walzer (1999) and Zoo Time (2012) won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Meanwhile, his non-fiction work includes Whatever It Is, I Don’t Like It (2011) a collection of the weekly columns he writes for The Independent.

His latest novel J was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

Dr Peter Maber

BA, MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in English

Dr Peter Maber studied for his PhD under Anne Barton at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge. He writes regularly on art for the TLS, and is also a composer; much of his research examines the connections (and disjunctions) between literature, the visual arts, and music.

Sir Trevor Nunn

MA (Cantab)

Visiting Professor of Drama

Sir Trevor Nunn is one of Britain’s most well-respected and influential theatre directors. After studying English under F R Leavis at Downing College, Cambridge, he became Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at the age of 28. Under his direction the company expanded into The Swan, the Other Place, and the Barbican Theatre.

Between 1997 and 2003, he was Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatre, and he was Artistic Director of the Haymarket Theatre Royal in 2011. He was knighted in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He has directed the world premieres of Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard, and of Cats, Sunset Boulevard and Starlight Express by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Other theatre includes Timon of Athens, Skellig (Young Vic), The Lady From The Sea (Almeida), Hamlet, Richard II, Inherit the Wind (Old Vic), King Lear, The Seagull (RSC), Scenes from a Marriage (Coventry and St James Theatre), A Little Night Music (London/New York), Cyrano de Bergerac, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre), Birdsong (West End), Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest and The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Chorus of Disapproval (West End) and All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre). Opera productions include Idomeneo, Porgy and Bess, Cosi Fan Tutte, Peter Grimes (Glyndebourne and Salzburg) and Katya Kabanova and Sophie’s Choice (Royal Opera House). Work for television includes Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Othello and King Lear and on film Hedda, Lady Jane and Twelfth Night.

Dr Dan O'Hara

BA, MA (Warwick), MSt, DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in English

Dr Dan O’Hara graduated with a first class degree in English and American Literature at Warwick University, which he followed with an MA in English. Dan then moved to Christ Church, Oxford, to study for an MSt, which he achieved with distinction. Dan O’Hara was awarded his DPhil on Machinic Fictions: a Genealogy of Machines in Twentieth-Century Prose and Art (2007).

Dan O’Hara joins the College from the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) at Birmingham City University, where he is International Research Fellow. From 2007 to 2012 he was Lecturer in English and American Culture at the University of Cologne, and from 1997 to 2006 he tutored at Oxford University, at colleges including Wadham College, Corpus Christi College, Christ Church, St Hilda’s College and Lady Margaret Hall. He has taught American Literature from 1800 to the present, British Literature from 1789 to the present, genre fictions, particularly science fiction and crime fiction, and Philosophy and Literature. His most recent book is Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J G Ballard, 1967–2008 (London: Fourth Estate, 2012).

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks

BA, MA, BLitt (Oxon), FBA

Visiting Professor of English

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated with a First in English. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford, moving in 1968, after a sabbatical year at Stanford University, to become Professor of English at the University of Bristol.

During his time at Bristol he worked on Keats and Embarrassment (1974). It was also at Bristol that he first published his still-definitive edition of Tennyson’s poetry. In 1975, Ricks moved to the University of Cambridge, where he was King Edward VII Professor of English Literature, before leaving for Boston University in 1986.

He is Warren Professor of the Humanities, and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute, at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 2004 to 2009 and Co-Editor of Essays in Criticism, a quarterly journal of literary criticism.

Dr Daniel Swift

BA (Oxon), PhD (Columbia University, NY)

Senior Lecturer in English

Dr Daniel Swift has a BA (First Class honours) from Oxford University and a PhD from Columbia University in New York. He is the author of Bomber County (Hamish Hamilton, 2010) and Shakespeare’s Common Prayers (Oxford University Press, 2012), and his essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, and Harper’s.

From 2007 to 2012 he taught at Skidmore College in New York, and his teaching interests include Shakespeare and early modern drama, 16th and 17th century poetry, and 20th century war poetry. He is currently at work on a project about Ezra Pound.

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS

Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian, author, broadcaster and award-winning academic. She has a double first in BA History and a distinction in her MSt in Historical Research from Lincoln College, Oxford and DPhil in History from Balliol College, Oxford, where she was a Jowett Senior Scholar. Her previous positions include Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. Suzannah’s books include 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (2009) and A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England (2012).

Dr Olly Ayers

BA (Manchester), PhD (Kent)

Lecturer in History and Politics

Dr Olly Ayers gained a first class honours degree in History from the University of Manchester in 2008 and completed his PhD at the University of Kent in 2013.  He has held a lectureship in American History at the University of Kent and an Early Career Visiting Scholarship at Northumbria University.

Olly Ayers’ doctoral work challenges the positive verdict assigned to the northern, New Deal era of Civil Rights struggle by historians of the ‘long’ Civil Rights movement.  Drawing upon the archives of black protest groups, oral histories, and the records of unions and branches of government, his work argues a new and ultimately burdensome demand for coordinated activism was placed on civil rights groups.

Olly Ayers is a member of Historians of Twentieth Century USA (HOTCUS) and the British Association for American Studies (BAAS).

Dr Lars Kjaer

BA (Aarhus), MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Lecturer in Medieval History

Dr Lars Kjaer obtained his BA in History and Social Anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2007. That year he moved to Cambridge, where he completed an MPhil in Medieval History. In 2008 he was awarded funding from the AHRC to undertake a PhD in history at Cambridge University, which he completed in 2012. After finishing his doctoral studies he joined the New College of the Humanities.

He is currently writing a book about Gifts and the Classical Tradition in Medieval England.

Dr Edmund Neill

MA, DPhil (Oxon), MSc (LSE)

Lecturer in Modern History

Dr Edmund Neill is an historian specialising in both modern British History and the History of Ideas. After reading History as an undergraduate at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, he gained an MSc in Political Theory with distinction at the London School of Economics, before returning to Oxford to write a DPhil on Michael Oakeshott and Hannah Arendt, where he was Carlyle Scholar in the history of Political Thought. Subsequently, he worked as a lecturer in modern British History and Politics at a number of Oxford colleges, including Magdalen and St. Peter’s, and as a visiting lecturer in Victorian History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Edmund Neill has a wide range of research interests in Modern Political and Intellectual History, but currently specialises in examining Post-War Academic Political Theory in Britain, and the Nature of Post-War British Conservative Ideology. He has published a book, Michael Oakeshott (New York: Continuum, 2010), which was translated into Korean in 2012, and appeared in paperback in 2013.

Mr Damian Warburton

LLB (Hull), LLM (Edin), MSc (Bristol), Barrister

Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer for the Law LLB

Formerly a Constable, Mr Damian Warburton holds degrees from the universities of Hull, Edinburgh, and Bristol, and was called to the bar at the Inner Temple. Prior to joining NCH he held lectureships in law at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and at the University of Buckingham.

He teaches on the CLRI, Criminal Law, and Tort Law modules for the Law LLB. His research is focused on the substantive criminal law and he has published on a variety of topics within that field, and on policing.

Professor Barbara MacDonald

BA (Syd), LLB (Syd), LLM (Lond)

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Barbara MacDonald is a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney where she teaches in the areas of Torts, Torts and Contracts, Advanced Obligations and Remedies, and Legal Reasoning and Common Law Systems. She is the Director of the Faculty’s JD program and of the Sydney Law School in Europe programme which conducts courses in Berlin, Prato, London and Cambridge, and is convenor of the Faculty’s obligations and commercial law cluster.

Barbara McDonald is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Arts and Law. After several years in the litigation department of one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms (where she remains a consultant), she completed a Master of Laws at University College London in 1979-1980, and joined the University of Sydney as a full-time Lecturer in 1990. In 2000, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC

BA, LLB (Syd), BCL (Oxon)

Visiting Professor of Law

Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC has had a distinguished career as a trial counsel and UN appellant judge. He has appeared in landmark cases in Media Law, and argued hundreds of death sentence appeals. He has defended Salman Rushdie, Mike Tyson and Julian Assange, prosecuted Hastings Banda and acted for Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against General Pinochet. He served as first President of the UN’s Special Court in Sierra Leone, and has authored important decisions on the limits of amnesties, the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and the legal protections for war correspondents and human rights monitors. He is a ‘distinguished jurist’ member of the UN’s Internal Justice Council and in 2011 he was awarded the New York Bar Association prize for achievement in international law and affairs.

Geoffrey Robertson is founder and co-head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK’s largest human rights practice. He is a Master of the Middle Temple and visiting Professor in Human Rights Law at Queen Mary College.

Mrs Ursula Smartt

JP, BA, PGCE (Hull), MA, CPE, (UWL), MPhil (Hull)

Visiting Lecturer for the Law LLB and Subject Leader for Public Law

Mrs Ursula Smartt is a Visiting Lecturer in Law and is subject leader for public law. She holds degrees from the universities of Hull and West London.

Ursula’s first career was a school teacher, and since coming to the law she has held lectureships at the universities of Surrey, West London, and Portsmouth.

In 2001 Ursula was awarded a Visiting Professorship in Comparative Criminal Law at the Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Germany, and in 2003 she was appointed Justice of the Peace (Magistrate). Ursula’s research, which has resulted in the publication of several books, journal articles, and conference papers internationally, is in primarily in the dual fields of public law and media law. Ursula has also worked with the BBC, writing a number of articles and featuring on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

Mr Nigel Urban

JP, BA (Brighton), BCL (Oxon)

Lecturer in Law

Mr Nigel Urban teaches for the Law LLB at New College of the Humanities. He is currently teaching the Contract Law, Property Law and Civil & Criminal Procedure modules and also teaches part of the Law of Tort module. Prior to joining New College of the Humanities he taught law to undergraduate and CPE students at several universities in the South-East of England.

He has a first class BA in Law and Business, gained a classification of “outstanding” on the BVC and followed this by taking the BCL at Brasenose College, Oxford. He also won the award for top student in Advanced Civil Litigation at the College of Law.

He has an interest in landlord and tenant issues, in particular the rights of leaseholders to manage or enfranchise their premises.

Nigel Urban is a non-practising barrister. He came to the Law as a second career, having previously worked in Project Management and Software Development for several blue-chip companies in the financial services sector. He is a magistrate on the Western Sussex bench.

Professor Adrian Zuckerman

LLM (Jerusalem), MA (Oxon)

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Adrian Zuckerman is Professor of Law at NCH and Professor of Civil Procedure at Oxford University, positions he combines with teaching the LLM Civil and Public Litigation course for University College London and King’s College London.

He is a leading scholar on Civil Litigation and the Administration of Justice. His book, Zuckerman on Civil Procedure, is the foremost scholarly work on the subject and is regularly cited in the higher courts in this country and abroad.

He contributed to Lord Woolf’s inquiry into access to justice (1995), and to Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation Costs (2010). He campaigns for improving access to court and making justice available to all at proportionate cost.

Adrian Zuckerman is the editor of the Civil Justice Quarterly, the main journal dedicated to the administration of civil justice. His work on criminal evidence achieved a breakthrough in evidence scholarship.

Dr Diana Bozhilova

BA (Hons), PhD (KCL)

Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

Dr Diana Bozhilova has a first class honours degree with distinction in BA (Hons) European Studies with German and a PhD in Justice and Home Affairs and Industrial Policy Reform from King’s College London, where she was jointly an ORC UK and an Open Society New York Scholar.

Diana Bozhilova was elected to the prestigious AC Laskarides Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a project on energy security and diversification. This project grew in geographic scope to include the EU-Russia strategic partnership with an Associate Fellowship at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Returning to her alma mater as a Visiting Research Fellow in 2010, Diana worked on a historical review of a centenary of relations in South-East Europe since the London Peace Treaty in 1913, which culminated in a major international conference at King’s College London in 2013.

Most recently, Diana Bozhilova served as expert witness in the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, leading to the publication of its report in March 2013.

Diana is a published author on transition and reform since the end of the Cold War, as well as on energy security within the EU-Russia partnership.

Dr Joanne Paul


Lecturer in the History of Political Thought

Dr Joanne Paul graduated with an MA in Political Theory under the supervision of Professor James Tully at the University of Victoria before studying her PhD in History at Queen Mary, University of London. There she completed a dissertation entitled Counsel and Command in Anglophone Political Thought, 1485-1651 under the supervision of Professor Quentin Skinner, which she is currently preparing for publication.

Her research interests are in sixteenth-century English Politics and Theory as well as the History of Political Thought.

Dr Pablo Calderon-Martinez


Tutor for International Relations

Dr Pablo Calderon-Martinez studied for his BA in International Relations at ITESO University, Mexico before completing a MSc in European Identities at the LSE. He then completed a PhD in Spanish and American Studies at King’s College London in 2013.

Pablo Calderon-Martinez  has spoken at conferences across the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom and has commented on Spanish Politics for the BBC, BBC World Service, Monocle Radio and Canadian Television. His articles regarding Democracy in Latin America have been published in various journals including the Bulletin of Latin American Research.

Professor Vernon Bogdanor

BA, MA (Oxon), FBA

Visiting Professor of Politics

Professor Vernon Bogdanor is Research Professor at the Institute of Contemporary History, King’s College, London. He was formerly for many years Professor of Government at Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel, Mauritius and Slovakia.

His books include, Devolution, The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform, Devolution in the United Kingdom, The New British Constitution and The Coalition and the Constitution, published in March 2011. He is also editor of, amongst other books, The British Constitution in the 20th Century, Joined-Up Government, and From the New Jerusalem to New Labour, essays on British Prime Ministers from Attlee to Blair. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press.

In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. In 2009 he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by President Sarkozy. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford, an Honorary DLitt of the University of Kent, and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.

Mr Fintan Nagle

BSc, MSc (York), MRes (UCL), PhD (pending)

Lecturer in Psychology

Mr Fintan Nagleachieved an MRes with Merit in Modelling Biological Complexity from UCL (2011); he also holds an MSc, with Merit, in Natural Computation from the University of York (2010) and a First Class Honours BSc also from the University of York (2009). During his MRes, Fintan completed projects in the field of Psychology on topics in areas such as Mapping the Structure of the Brain from Electron Micrographs and Studying Animal Behaviour in Marine Creatures.

Currently, Fintan Nagle is completing his PhD studies at UCL working in the Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences.

Professor Steven Pinker

BA (McGill), DPhil (Harvard)

Visiting Professor of Psychology

Professor Steven Pinker was born in Canada and took his BA in Psychology at McGill University before moving to the US to study for a PhD in Experimental Psychology at Harvard. He has subsequently taught at MIT, Harvard and Stanford.

In 2004 Steven Pinker was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and the following year was listed by the magazines Prospect and Foreign Affairs as one of the top 100 Public Intellectuals.

Steven Pinker is highly regarded for his Theory of Language Acquisition, his research on Syntax, Morphology and the Meaning of Verbs and the Mechanism of Human Cognition, which has won prizes from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Psychological Association. His books (including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate and The Stuff of Thought) combine cognitive science with Behavioural Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology. He has won several teaching prizes at MIT and Harvard.

He is the Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a visiting professor at the College.

Professor Daniel Dennett

BA (Harvard), DPhil (Oxon)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Daniel Dennett is University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the London School of Economics. He was awarded the Erasmus Prize 2012 by The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation who praised him for his ability to Translate the Cultural Significance of Science and Technology to a Broad Audience.

Professor Daniel Dennett’s books include Breaking the Spell (2006), Freedom Evolves (2003), and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995), and he is author of over three hundred scholarly articles on various aspects of the Mind, published in journals ranging from Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral and Brain Sciences to Poetics Today and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

Professor Christopher Peacocke

BA, BPhil, DPhil (Oxon), FBA, FAAAS

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Professor Christopher Peacocke is a Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and Richard Wollheim Professor of Philosophy at University College London, where he teaches in the Summer term each year. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Christopher Peacocke took his undergraduate degree at Oxford and was then awarded a Kennedy scholarship to study at Harvard. He returned to Oxford for his BPhil and a DPhil in Philosophy. From 1979 to 1985 he was Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford. He was the Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London from 1985 to 1989 and Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University from 1989 to 2000, at which latter date he moved to New York University.

Christopher Peacocke’s publications include Truly Understood (2008), The Realm of Reason (2004), Being Known(1999), and A Study of Concepts (1992). He has contributed to many journals, recently including Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The British Journal of Aesthetics.

Dr David Mitchell

BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon) MSc (LSE)

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

David obtained a double first in Literae Humaniores at Oxford and went on to complete a DPhil there on problems of rationality in epistemology and ethics. He has taught philosophy at Cambridge, Leicester and London universities, in the European programmes of several U.S. universities, and at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, in London.

Besides philosophy, David has research interests in classics and in international development. He has engaged in consultancy work with UN agencies and holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. David is currently pursuing a philosophical inquiry into ideas of corruption and the corrupt.

Dr Naomi Goulder

BA, MA (Cantab), PhD (Lond)

Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Dr Naomi Goulder is Head of Faculty and Senior Lecturer for the Philosophy degree at New College of the Humanities. She received a double first in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, studied with a Henry Fellowship in the Philosophy department at Harvard, and completed her doctoral degree with an AHRC award at Birkbeck College, University of London. From 2009 to 2011, she was a teaching fellow in Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she received a Students’ Union teaching award and chaired the department’s staff-student committee.

Naomi Goulder works at the intersection of Philosophy of Action and Ethics and is especially interested in Relations between Authority and Authorship. She has articles on this topic and a book Philosophy of Action forthcoming. She contributed the new ‘Action’ article with Jennifer Hornsby to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and was a General Editor, with A C Grayling and Andrew Pyle, of the Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (2006).

Professor Ken Gemes

BA (Syd), PhD (Pittsburgh)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Professor Ken Gemes has been a professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London and at Yale University. He has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

His interests include general philosophy of science, logic, Nietzsche and Freud. He co-edited Nietzsche on Freedom on Autonomy (2009) and has published numerous articles in leading international journals including the Journal of Philosophy, Nous, Synthese, Erkenntnis, Philosophy of Science, Journal of Philosophical Logic, British Journal of the Philosophy of Science, Analysis, European Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Dialectica, and Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

Professor Simon May

BA (Lond), MA (Oxon), PhD (Lond)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Professor Simon Mayis also Visiting Professor of Philosophy at King’s College, London and at Birkbeck College, London. His interests lie in Ethics, German Idealism – especially the Philosophy of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger – and Philosophy of the Emotions. He is also a devotee of the Aphoristic Form.

His monographs include Love: A History (2011) and Nietzsche’s Ethics and his War on ‘Morality(1999). He is editor of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide (2011), to which he contributed a paper entitled Why Nietzsche is still in the morality game, and Co-Editor, with Ken Gemes, of Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy (2009), for which he wrote a paper entitled Nihilism and the Free Self.

He is the author of Thinking Aloud: A Collection of Aphorisms (2009), a book of his own aphorisms which was named a Financial Times ‘Book of the Year’ in 2009. An earlier edition of this book appeared in Spanish (Planeta, 2001), Dutch (Spectrum, 2001) and Italian (RCS Libri: Sonzogno, 2000), and a selection of his aphorisms is included in Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists, published by Bloomsbury – an anthology drawn from the world’s main traditions.

Simon May is currently at work on a book entitled Love: A Phenomenology.

Professor Peter Singer

BA, MA, (Melbourne), BPhil (Oxon)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Professor Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Peter Singer first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then he has written many other books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason) and most recently, The Life You Can Save.


Dr Brian Ball

BA (McGill), BPhil, DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Dr Brian Ball received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, with a minor concentration in linguistics, from McGill University in Canada. He then undertook graduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and was awarded his doctorate in 2008 for a thesis in the Philosophy of Language and Metaphysics. He has since been employed as a Lecturer in Philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford, during which time he has published in these areas, as well as in Epistemology and the Philosophy of Mind.


Professor Simon Blackburn

BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Well known for his efforts to make Philosophy accessible to a wider public, Professor Simon Blackburn is one of the country’s leading Philosophers. He is well regarded as a proponent of a distinctive approach to ethics and a defender of Neo-Humean views on a variety of topics. Simon has been a Vice-President of the British Humanist Association and a former editor of the journal Mind; he is, also, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Simon Blackburn has published extensively. His books include Being Good – an introduction to ethics (reprinted as Ethics: a very short introduction), Lust (one of the Oxford University Press’s series on the seven deadly sins), Truth: A Guide and Plato’s Republic: A Biography.

He was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge until 2011. While teaching at NCH, he will continue as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Professor Rebecca Goldstein

BA (Columbia), PhD (Princeton)

Visiting Professor Philosophy & Literature

Professor Rebecca Goldstein is both a philosopher and a novelist. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University and has taught philosophy at Barnard College, Rutgers, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, including courses on Philosophy of Science, the Seventeenth-Century Rationalists, and Philosophical Themes in the Modern Novel. She has also taught writing in the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University.

Her recent books include the award-winning Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew who Gave Us Modernity (2006) and Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (2010).

Rebecca Goldstein was named a MacArthur Fellow (popularly known as the “genius award”) in 1996, and elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. She has held numerous fellowships, including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the Santa Fe Institute. She was recently designated both Humanist of the Year by The American Humanist Association and Free-thought Heroine by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Professor Nicholas Humphrey

BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Professor Nicholas Humphrey is a Theoretical Psychologist, based in Cambridge, who is known for his work on the Evolution of Human Intelligence and Consciousness. His interests are wide ranging. He studied mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey in Rwanda, he was the first to demonstrate the Existence of “Blindsight” after brain damage in monkeys, he proposed the celebrated theory of the “Social Function of Intellect”, and he is the only scientist ever to edit the Literary Journal, Granta. His books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, Seeing Red and most recently Soul Dust.

He has been honoured with the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, the British Psychological Society’s book award and the Pufendorf medal. He has been Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford, Assistant Director of the Subdepartment of Animal Behaviour at Cambridge, Senior Research Fellow in Parapsychology at Cambridge, Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, New York, and School Professor at the London School of Economics. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the LSE and Senior Member at Darwin College, Cambridge.

Dr Christoph Schuringa

BA (Cantab), PhD (Lond)

Lecturer in Philosophy

Dr Christoph Schuringa got his BA from King’s College, Cambridge and his PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, for a thesis entitled Nietzsche’s Historical Philosophy, supervised by Professor Ken Gemes. He has additionally worked with Professor Günter Abel in Berlin as a DAAD scholar. His research interests centre around the History of German Philosophy, the Philosophy of Value, and the Philosophy of Historiography.

Dr Ioannis Votsis

BA (Cali), PhD (LSE)

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Dr Ioannis Votsis holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (BA 1998) and the London School of Economics (PhD 2004). He is concurrently Senior Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities and Assistant Director of the Düsseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Düsseldorf.

His main research area is the Philosophy of Science but in addition he has active interests in the Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and Meta-Philosophy. He has co-edited a number of special issues on themes like the Underdetermination of Theory by Evidence, the Role and Value of Novel Predictions in Confirmation and the extent to which Observation is Theory-Laden.

Ioannis Votsis’ articles have been published in several journals including Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Synthese. At present he is preparing a monograph on empiricism but also co-editing the European Philosophy of Science Association 2013 Conference Proceedings and a special issue on the subjects of unification and coherence.

Mr Matthew Batstone

MA (Cantab), MBA (INSEAD)

Head of Faculty for the Professional Programme

Mr Matthew Batstone was educated at Clare College, Cambridge University where he earned a MA in English Literature, and at INSEAD where he graduated with a MBA with distinction.

Matthew Batstone began his career at the advertising agency J Walter Thompson. He then started and sold a product placement agency before moving to Carlton Communications (now part of the broadcaster ITV), where he launched Carlton’s internet and interactive TV businesses. Matthew was on the management board at The Economist Group and was responsible for marketing, strategy and corporate development. He has also worked and invested in a number of businesses, including iAnnounce, the European leader in online personal classifieds.

Mr Simon Bucknall

BA (Oxon), MA (Lond)

Visiting Fellow for the Professional Programme

Twice winner of the UK & Ireland Championship of Public Speaking, Mr Simon Bucknall helps high-achieving young leaders and professionals to influence and inspire through the spoken word.

Simon Bucknall has coached politicians, social entrepreneurs, corporate executives, MBAs, PhD students, refugees and charity workers, as well as teenagers in more than eighty state secondary schools across the UK. Simon began his career in executive headhunting firm before running the office of a senior Parliamentarian in the House of Commons. In 2005, Simon managed the successful campaign to elect England’s youngest Member of Parliament.

Simon Bucknall holds degrees from Oxford University and the London School of Oriental & African Studies. He is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.

Mr Peter Wolf


Visiting Fellow for the Professional Programme

Mr Peter Wolf is an independent trainer in finance, accounting and capital markets. His clients include management consulting firms, banks and financial regulators. He frequently teaches on new graduate induction programmes.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross in London (now Deloitte), working in audit, corporate finance and mergers & acquisition. He gained experience working in asset management before pursuing his main career in management consulting with REL Consultancy Group (now Hackett Group) where he ultimately led the firm’s international financial services sector practice.

Peter Wolf holds a City & Guilds qualification as a Further Education Teacher (2006) and became an accredited trainer with the Financial Services Skills Council (2008).

Ms Swatee Jasoria

BSc, MA (Sheffield), Juris Doctor (Rutgers Law School, NJ, USA),

Director of Professional Development

Born in India, Ms Swatee Jasoria grew up in the UK and Hong Kong. She studied at the University of Sheffield, where she attained a BSc in Genetics, and then a MA in Biotechnology, Law & Ethics. After completing her MA, Swatee moved to the USA and completed her Juris Doctor at Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, New Jersey.

Swatee Jasoria practised Intellectual Property Law at several large law firms in New York City. After practising Law for six years, Swatee moved to higher education where she was Associate Director of Career Services for Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey. She joined New College of the Humanities as Director of Professional Development in 2012.