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Meet the Oxford Faculty

Classes at the Oxford Program are taught by faculty from Oxford University and surrounding academic institutions, the Center Director, and by one Stanford Faculty in Residence per quarter. These courses are taken in tandem with the required tutorial units.

Upcoming Faculty-in-Residence

Autumn 2012-13

Shelley Goldman

Ray McDermott

School of Education

School of Education

Winter 2012-13 Thomas Fingar Freeman Spogli Institute
Spring 2012-13 Walter Powell School of Education
Autumn 2013-14 Thomas Sheehan Religious Studies
Winter 2013-14

Leslie Hill

Helen Paris

Theater and Performance Studies

Theater and Performance Studies

Spring 2013-14 Donald Barr Pediatrics and Human Biology

Local Faculty

Helen Kidd
Helen Kidd teaches creative writing at Ruskin College, Oxford, and has published several volumes of poetry, most recently Ultraviolet Catastrophe (2003). She is also co- editor of the Virago Book of Love Poetry, and has published articles on contemporary poetry, feminist theory, and the literature of Scotland, Ireland and the Caribbean. She has travelled widely and regularly runs writing workshops in Greece.
Robert McMahon
Robert McMahon has been Lecturer and Tutor in Politics for several Oxford colleges, and spent two years in 1999-2001 working for HM Treasury as a policy analyst and member of the transport spending team. He wrote his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford, on the British Environment Agency and the US Environmental Protection Agency and is the author of The Environmental Protection Agency (2006). He currently teaches politics at Radley College, near Oxford.
Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer is a Lecturer in Sociology at St Catherine’s College and an independent consultant to the public sector on personnel and equal opportunity issues. Her doctorate, which she received from the University of Warwick, was on the influence of race, class and gender on the lives of low-achieving pupils in the English educational system, and she is the author of Schooling Comprehensive Kids (1998). She is also an avid enthusiast for Blues music and is the director of the Blues Archive, documenting the lives of Blues musicians.
Emma Plaskitt
Emma Plaskitt is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, and Merton College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on female sexual reputation in the novels of Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, and Frances Burney. Having worked as an editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, where she was responsible for writing many articles on 18th-century women writers, she now focuses on teaching for a variety of Oxford colleges. Though a specialist on the literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century, her research interests include the Victorian novel - particularly the gothic novel and novel of sensation - and children's literature. She has given tutorials on many other aspects of English Literature to Stanford students over the last seven years.
Geoffrey Tyack
Geoffrey Tyack is the Director of the Stanford Program in Oxford, and a Fellow of Kellogg College. He regularly teaches courses for the Program, and his academic interestes include the History of Architecture, Urban History and the History of Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. His publications include Oxford: An Architectural Guide (1998).
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