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International Women's Day: Academics

Written by Eleanor Sanger, posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018

We have some really brilliant women among our academic staff, and they're often in the news as a result of their achievements, whether that's winning prizes, having papers published, or being involved in major events. See below for a quick summary of their amazing achievements from the past year, and click on the links in each paragraph to read the full story: 


Dr Belinda Jack, Official Student and Tutor in French at Christ Church, had a second article, ‘Poetry and Emotion’, published in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals. Last May she also gave her final lecture as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College in the City of London, entitle ‘The Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Metaphor and its Philosophical Mysteries’.

Dr Jena Meinecke, Junior Research Fellow in Physics at Christ Church, was presented with an Early Career Researchers MPLS Impact Award by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences division at the University of Oxford, for her contribution to the promotion of women in Physics.

Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church, was awarded a 2018 Winton Capital Prize, recognising the outstanding work of young researchers, by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). 

Dr Patricia Lockwood, Junior Research Fellow in Psychology at Christ Church, was awarded the Frith Prize by the Experimental Psychology Society, for her PhD thesis.

Dr Bihani Sarkar published ‘Heroic Shāktism’ in 2017, written while she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Christ Church.

Dr Carissa Véliz was awarded the BSS-Santander Universities Scholarship Award, presented by the British Spanish Society Grants Committee and Santander Universities.

In October 2017 we welcomed 18 new members of academic staff for the 2017/18 academic year, 10 of whom were women!

In September cellist Natalie Clein, Senior Associate Research Fellow at Christ Church and Director of Music Performance in the Oxford University Faculty of Music performed in the Cello Unwrapped series at Kings Place, in the ‘Tre Voci’ concert.

Dr Sam Giles, Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences at Christ Church, has had a very successful year! She was awarded a prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship by the Royal Society for the period October 2017-2022, had a paper published in the international scientific journal Nature, and was presented with a L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Fellowship, awarded annually to fifteen of the most promising female scientists from around the world.

In the 2017 University of Oxford Recognition of Distinction Awards, Christ Church Official Student and Tutor in French Jennifer Yee was given the title of full professor. Alongside her work as a Tutor in French at Christ Church, from October 2017 she has also been Christ Church’s Tutor for Admissions.

Junior Research Fellow Dr Tae-Yeoun Keum was awarded the 2017 Edward M Chase Prize for her dissertation entitled ‘Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought’.

The Trinity 2017 Christ Church Time event (a series of termly talks, seminars and concerts open to all members of Christ Church) was a talk given by Dr Ros Holmes, Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, on internet art practices in China.

Last April, Christ Church hosted a major international conference – Photo Archives: The Place of Photographywhich was convened by Geraldine Johnson (Christ Church Tutorial Fellow and Associate Professor in History of Art), along with Deborah Schultz (Regent’s University London) and Costanza Caraffa (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut). Professor Geraldine Johnson is now also Christ Church’s Junior Censor.

Whilst she was a Senior Tutor in Economics at Christ Church, Professor Kalina Manova was awarded a Leverhulme Prize in recognition of her past research contributions, and a 5-year ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grant to support her future research on international trade and multinational activity.