Christ Church welcomes new academic staff

The 2017/18 academic year has just begun, and here at Christ Church we’re welcoming several new members of academic staff into our Senior Common Room.



Professor Yarin Gal (Computer Science)

Professor Yarin Gal has been elected to an Official Studentship in Computer Science. Dr Gal is currently a Research Fellow in Computer Science at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2016, having previously received an MSc in Computer Science, with a focus on machine learning, from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Open University of Israel in 2009.

Dr Petr Sedlacek (Economics)

Dr Petr Sedlacek has been elected to an Official Studentship in Economics. Dr Sedlacek’s research field is Macroeconomics. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Bonna and is visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2011 and he has teaching experience at the University of Bonn, the London School of Economics, Monash University and the Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam.



Dr Hayley Hooper

Dr Hayley Hooper has been elected to the Penningtons Studentship in Law. Dr Hooper holds a first class degree (LLB) from the University of Glasgow (2007), and the BCL (2009), MPhil (2010) and DPhil (2015) from the University of Oxford. Her DPhil thesis was on ‘National security, risk and accountability: the closed material procedure’. Since 2014 she has been a Junior Research Fellow at Homerton College, but for the academic year 2015-16 she suspended her Fellowship to hold a one-year appointment as College Lecturer, Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Homerton College.



Dr David Alonso

Dr David Alonso has been elected to a Career Development Fellowship and Studentship in Astrophysics. Dr Alonso obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2013 from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, where he also completed his BSc in Physics (2009) and his MSc in Theoretical Physics in 2011. He is currently the Beecroft Fellow at the Beecroft Institute for Particle Astrophysics at the University of Oxford; prior to his Fellowship, which commenced in October 2015, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theoretical Cosmology at the Institute.



Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Malcolm Bull

Professor Malcolm Bull has been elected to a Senior Associate Research Fellowship in association with his position as Professor of Art and the History of Ideas at the Ruskin School of Art.

MPLS and Medical Sciences

Professor Doyne Farmer

Professor Doyne Farmer has been elected to a Senior Associate Research Fellowship in association with his position as Professor of Mathematics and Directory of Complexity Economics at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School.



Dr Robin Thompson (Mathematics)

Dr Robin Thompson is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. He also holds a Stipendiary Lectureship in Applied Mathematics with Lady Margaret Hall and a Non-Stipendiary Lectureship in Mathematics at Worcester College. In 2016 he received his PhD in Mathematical Biology from the University of Cambridge. His thesis was entitled ‘Parameter inference and outbreak modelling for forecasting and optimising control of invading infectious diseases.’ In October 2011 he received a first class honours MMath in Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He intends to use the Junior Research Fellowship to build multiscale models for the spread of diseases such as HIV which incorporate both the behaviour of the disease within an individual host and the population level dynamics of how the disease spreads between hosts.

Dr Patricia Lockwood (Psychology)

Dr Patricia Lockwood is currently the Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, the Fulford Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, a Lecturer in Psychology at Corpus Christi College and a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2015 she received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University College London. Her thesis was entitled ‘Behavioural and neurobiological foundations of vicarious processing.’ In October 2010 she received the highest first class BSc Psychology degree in her cohort from the University of Bristol. Dr Lockwood works on the relationship of empathy to our capacity for learning how to act pro-socially. During her Junior Research Fellowship she plans to study the changes in social behaviour across an individual’s lifespan and in patients with brain lesions.

Michael Sullivan (English)

Mr Michael Sullivan is currently a doctoral student at Trinity College, Cambridge. His thesis is entitled ‘Tennyson and the Revision of Song’. He was awarded a first class degree in English Literature from Durham University in 2012 (when he was awarded the T. W. Craik Award for the highest-ranked BA in English) and an MPhil in English.  He has published several journal and review articles and in 2016 was awarded the Gordon Duff Prize in the Arts of Manuscripts by the University of Cambridge.  He intends to use his Junior Research Fellowship to expand his doctoral thesis into a monograph, and to write a further book, ‘Poems of the Novelists’, encompassing studies of (among others) the poetry of Charles Dickens, Walter Scott, Emily Brontȅ, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy.

Brigid von Preussen (Art History)

Ms von Preussen is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.  Her thesis is entitled ‘Manufactories of Virtù: Classicism, Commerce and Authorship in late Georgian Britain’. She was awarded a BA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge in 2013, where she graduated top of the Tripos with a Double Starred First. In 2008 she was awarded an MA (with Distinction) in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300-1650 by the Warburg Institute and an MA and MPhil in Art History from Columbia University in 2013. This year she received a Junior Fellowship from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.  She intends to use her Junior Research Fellowship first to revise her dissertation into a monograph, and then to embark on a new project exploring the practice and status of the plastic arts in Britain between the foundation of the Royal Academy (1768) and the Great Exhibition (1851).



Dr Yiquing Liu

Dr Yiquing Liu has been elected to a Postdoctoral Fellowship in association with her Hintze Fellowship with the Centre for Astrophysical Survey.

Dr Carissa Véliz

Dr Carissa Véliz has been elected to a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Association with her Fellowship in the Philosophy Faculty’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Dr Jessica Östberg

Dr Jessica Östberg has been elected to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in association with her Stockholm Centre Oxford Fellowship.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Lucy Parker

Dr Lucy Parker has been elected to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in association with her position as a Research Associate on the ERC-funded project, ‘Stories of Survival: Recovering the Connected Histories of Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World’ in the Faculty of History.

Dr Gabrielle Watson

Dr Gabrielle Watson has been elected to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in association with her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Faculty of Law.

MPLS and Medical Sciences

Dr Luke Jostins-Dean

Dr Luke Jostins-Dean has been elected to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in association with his Career Development Fellowship at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.

Dr Kerri Donaldson-Hanna

Dr Kerri Donaldson-Hanna has been elected to a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in association with her position as a UK Space Agency Aurora Research Fellow in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford.



Dr Leah Morabito

Dr Leah Morabito has been appointed to the Millard and Lee Alexander Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Dr Morabito is a postdoctoral researcher in galaxy evolution at the Department of Physics. She took her first degree from the University of Michigan in 2005, followed by an MSc from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 (after six years in the US Air Force). She took her PhD from Leiden University in 2016. Her research interests concern the effect of Black Holes on galaxy evolution.


Welcome to all of our new members of the Senior Common Room - we hope you all have an enjoyable and fulfilling time at Christ Church!