See below for details on our course authors. All of our faculty members are experienced and passionate about their chosen subject, and hope to impart this enthusiasm to students taking their respective courses.

Teacher Biography Teachers
Annabelle Chapman

Annabelle Chapman is a DPhil candidate at Oxford University, researching the postwar history of Central Europe. She has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a Masters (MSc) in Russian and East European Studies, both from the University of Oxford. Other interests include languages and the history of cinema.

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Carol Brown

Carol Brown has an MSc in Applied Social Studies from the University of Oxford, and is currently conducting research towards her doctorate (also at Oxford). She has spent over 15 years teaching A-level Psychology, and has written a number of online courses and resources, 2 AS level textbooks and 3 undergraduate texts on developmental, social and cognitive Psychology.

Charl S. Sevel

Charl Sevel MSc. (LSE) MBA (Oxford) has had a career that includes fifteen plus years of business experience as an executive with a global “Fortune 100” company (The Walt Disney Company, Burbank) and as a senior consultant with two of the “Big Four” (Deloitte & PWC) consulting firms in London, Chicago & Los Angeles. Charl is particularly passionate and actively involved in technology and the media business sectors.

Dr Evelyn Chan

Evelyn Chan is an Australian-trained doctor with a passion for medical education and public health. She enjoys teaching high school and medical students, and believes learning about health should be fun, practical and relevant to every day life.

Dr Ignacio Silva

Ignacio Silva is a Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford, where he studied for his DPhil in Theology and MSt in Science and Religion, having previously studied Philosophy and History of Science in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His research focuses on the historical development of the notion of special divine action in relation to the natural sciences.

Dr Jane Humphreys

Jane Humphreys studied English Literature at King’s College Cambridge, and in doing so was one of a small band of 30 women to break the college’s 500-year-old tradition of allowing only male students to enrol.  She later took her doctorate at Bristol University in the Experimental Psychology department, with a thesis investigating the processes by which we transfer information from the printed word into meaningful mental representations.

Dr Matthew Maguire

Matthew Maguire studied Medicine at University College London, intercalating in the History of medicine. He has recently started specialist training in Ophthalmology. He has a passion for teaching and is an examiner for medical school finals. 

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Dr Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis gained his PhD in Philosophy from Reading University, and currently lectures at Royal Holloway and at the London School of Economics. He has presented his research at a number of academic conferences and in print.

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Dr Sarah Ekdawi

Sarah Ekdawi is a Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Reviews Editor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. She was educated at the Universities of London, Oxford and Dublin (Trinity College), and holds degrees in Greek, French and Applied Linguistics, as well as diplomas in Theology, teaching and translating.

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Dr Sophia Woodley

Sophia Woodley has a DPhil and an MSt from Balliol College, Oxford and a BA from St Hilda’s College, Oxford. A specialist in social and cultural history, her doctoral thesis was titled “Go to school they shall not”: home education and the middle classes in Britain, 1760-1900.

Hiu M. Chan

Hiu M. Chan is a doctoral candidate in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University.  She is the author of 100 Years at the Phoenix: An Archive of an Oxford Cinema 1913 – 2013, and a guest editor of The Soundtrack journal, as well as being co-director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film and Visual Culture Research at Cardiff University.

Jane Hadcock

Jane Hadcock has taught English in all corners of the globe since leaving university in the 1970s. She studied languages at University College London and went on to do a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Reading. She has taught both first and second language learners and has a keen interest in the tactics and techniques involved in essay writing.

Jerry Hadcock

Jerry Hadcock first learned how lively Middle English could be from Mr McClure at Hull University. An Education Diploma from Cambridge (with distinction) followed, and many years teaching, interspersed with Master degrees in Medieval Studies at Leeds, where Prof. Cawley’s excitement at anything medieval was infectious, and in Applied Linguistics at Reading. Jerry has just retired as Head of Sixth Form at Colchester Royal Grammar School.

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Dr Jim Driscoll

Jim Driscoll conducted his doctoral research in the philosophy of psychology and now teaches at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he specialises in introductory logic and the history of philosophy.

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Katie Pearce

Katie Pearce has an MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies from King’s College London. She is currently working on the education and outreach aspect of the Heritage Lottery Funded project “Baptist History: Hidden Treasure” at The Angus Library & Archive, Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

Katy Barrett
Dr Katy Barrett

Katy is a new Curator of Art (pre-1800) at Royal Museums Greenwich: a museum of science, art and maritime history. She trained as a historian, art historian and historian of science between Oxford, London and Cambridge, and specialises in 18th-century cultural history. Katy did various short jobs at a number of museums before joining the RMG, including the British Museum, Natural History Museum, V&A and Whipple Museum of the History of Science. She is a big fan of social media, and blogs and tweets more than is probably good for her.

Laura Reaney
Laura Reaney, MSc

Graduating with a BSc and MSc in Forensic Science and specializing in Biology and Gunshot Residue, Laura Reaney is employed by the UK’s largest private Forensic Science provider as a Major Crime Examiner. She has worked on many high profile cases both in the UK and abroad, and has written and developed a number of courses and lectures over the years.


Lidia Ożarowska

Lidia Ożarowska is currently a 3rd-year DPhil student at the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford. In her doctoral research she explores the relationship between the cult of the god Asclepius among ancient Greeks and Greek medical practices and practitioners. Her main academic interests encompass the Greek presence in the Mediterranean, Greek religion, and epigraphy.

Dr Nathan Kenny

Nathan Kenny has recently completed his doctorate in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and  is now working at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Nathan’s research interests lie in animal diversity and the connections between genomes and animal morphology – how changes at the nucleotide and genetic level can result in large changes in body shape and organism development over evolutionary time.

Neal Shasore

Neal is studying towards his Dphil and is based in the History of Art department at Oxford University. His current work is in Architectural History, and he is researching monumental civic architecture in Britain between the two world wars.

Nicholas Langen

Nicholas studied Jurisprudence at Merton College, Oxford, before taking the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP Law School in London.  He has a particular focus on Constitutional and Human Rights Law, and is currently working at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law as a researcher.

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Dr Oliver Cox

Oliver Cox studied history at the University of Oxford from undergraduate to doctoral level. He has published widely on architecture and culture in eighteenth-century Britain. His interest in Anglo-Saxon England was stimulated by his doctoral work, which explored how and why King Alfred the Great became a national icon in England and America from 1640 to 1800.

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Paul Harrington

Paul Harrington has a rich background in mechanical engineering, having worked and studied in the UK, Canada and New Zealand. Paul is currently finding inspiration by applying engineering principles to solve clinical problems for the NHS.

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Santhy Balachandran

Santhy Balachandran holds a BA in Psychology, an MA and MPhil in Social Anthropology, and an MSc (Oxon) in Visual Anthropology. A Clarendon Scholar, she is currently a DPhil candidate in Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. Her areas of interest include art, photography, film, and kinship studies.

Vid Simoniti

Vid Simoniti received his BA in Politics and Philosophy from Reading, his MA in Philosophy from UCL, and his BPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He is currently writing his DPhil in Philosophy and History of Art at the same university.