Alumni Books

Alumni Books

These pages allow us to showcase the published works of our Alumni (alphabetised by surname). For more information about a particular item please click on the 'More Info' link.

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Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Roham Alvandi (2005, Politics & International Relations)

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (OUP, 2014).

Roham Alvandi's latest book was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. He has written extensively on Iran’s foreign relations and his research focuses on global human rights activism and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Cultural DNA: The Psychology of Globalization

Gurnek Bains (1980, Psychology)

Cultural DNA: The Psychology of Globalization (Wiley, 2015)

Gurnek Bains' latest book promotes successful engagement with cultures around the world, guiding leaders through the essential skills required to engage with an increasingly connected world. He combines ground breaking original research and the latest evidence from neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and psychology.

Bird's Milk

Jana Bakunina (1999, Economics & Management)

Bird's Milk (Matador, 2017)

In Bird’s Milk, Jana Bakunina tells the story of her childhood in the Soviet Union from the early days of perestroika to the collapse of the USSR, offering a unique insight into the lives of ordinary Russians. Bird’s Milk reveals a period of turbulent political and economic changes but also a heart-warming world of blini and pelmeni, weekends spent at the family dacha and summer camps on the Black Sea.

The Oystercatcher Girl

Gabrielle Barnby (2000, Clinical Medicine)

The Oystercatcher Girl (ThunderPoint Publishing Limited, 2017)

Set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Orkney Islands, Gabrielle Barnby's skilfully plotted first novel is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.

Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt

Jessica Barnes (1997, Geography) 

Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt (Duke University Press, 2014)

Jessica Barnes' recent book is an ethnographic study of water in Egypt. The book challenges the dominant framing of Nile water politics, arguing that some of the most active political contestation lies not in transboundary conflicts between the countries of the Nile Basin, but in acts of the everyday, which take place across multiple scales. 

Settled Wanderers

Sam Berkson (2001, English Language & Literature) 

Settled Wanderers (Influx Press, 2015)

Settled Wanderers features poems Sam Berkson wrote at the refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, where he captures the spirit, life and unique culture of ‘Africa’s last colony’. This is first time a collection of poetry from the Western Sahara has been translated into English.

Travelling in Different Skins

Dúnlaith Bird (2000, English and Modern Languages)

Travelling in Different Skins: Gender Identity in European Women's Oriental Travelogues, 1850-1950 (OUP, 2012)

  • Original analysis of an important corpus of women's travelogues
  • Comparative Francophone and Anglophone study
  • Uses important recent texts from major theorists including Judith Butler, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Mary Louise Pratt as a conceptual underpinning
  • Contributes to scholarship in a range of different fields, including post-colonial, gender and travel studies, feminist geography and cultural studies
Protecting Civilians in War

Dr Miriam Bradley (1999, PPE)

This book explores the limitations of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations refugee agency when working in internal armed conflicts in her latest publication, Protecting Civilians in War (OUP, 2016). The book is based on Miriam’s doctoral thesis which won the University’s Winchester Prize, awarded for the most outstanding thesis in area of International Relations, with particular reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Penultimate Curiosity

Andrew Briggs (1968, Physics) 

The Penultimate Curiosity (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Professor Andrew Briggs and his co-author Roger Wagner launched their book entitled The Penultimate Curiosity published by Oxford University Press in February 2016. The book asks why it is that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as ‘science’ and ‘religion’ – the attempt to describe the physical world that we can see, and the aspiration to see beyond the rim of the visible world – have been so closely entangled.  It has been favourably reviewed in the Financial Times by John Cornwell announcing it as a "gripping work of history and reference [that] deserves to be read on both sides of the science-arts divide.”

Regulatory Hacking

Evan Burfield (2002, PPE)

Regulatory Hacking: A Playbook for Startups (Portfolio, 2018)

One of the most valuable skillsets for the next era of innovation is one that hasn’t received much attention, until now: how to successfully navigate the collision of startups and governments – not just in Silicon Valley, or even in America. The major returns of the next 20 years—for entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers around the world—will go to those who work together to find creative solutions to our most pressing challenges, in regulated sectors like healthcare, education, and infrastructure. That creative problem-solving is what Regulatory Hacking is all about.

Hazlitt the Dissenter: Religion, Philosophy, and Politics, 1766-1816

Stephen Burley (2001, English Language & Literature)

Hazlitt the Dissenter: Religion, Philosophy, and Politics, 1766-1816 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Stephen Burley's recent book is the first multi-disciplinary account of Hazlitt's early literary career and it provides a new insight into the literary, intellectual, political and religious culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy

Professor Sheryll Cashin (1984, Law)

Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Beacon, 2017)

This book was released in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down bans on interracial marriage. In it Cashin explores the history and future of interracial intimacy and its potential impact on American culture and politics.

Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education

Dr Peter Cave (1984, English)

Peter Cave has published Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The implementation of relaxed education reforms attempted to promote individual autonomy and free thinking in Japanese classrooms. This book explores whether these reforms were successful or not.

The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry

Edward Clarke (1995, English)

The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry (Iff Books, 2014)

Dr Edward Clarke teaches English literature at Oxford. His latest book demonstrates how poems can transform our relations with each other and the Earth. The book encompasses a range of poems from different eras, including Wordsworth, Shakespeare and Wallace Stevens. The book makes claims for the efficacy of poetry in our industrialized world, where we are presented with environmental, political and economic challenges.

Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway

Raphael Cohen-Almagor (1997, Politics)

Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Raphael Cohen-Almagor's lastest book is the first book about social responsibility on the Internet, aiming to bring a global perspective to the analysis of some of the most troubling uses of the Internet.

Plen an Gwari: The Playing Places of Cornwall

Will Coleman (1981, Zoology)

Plen an Gwari: The Playing Places of Cornwall (Golden Tree Productions, 2015)

This book aims to open up the undiscovered treasures of the Cornish medieval theatre culture. It includes illustrations from a selection of leading Cornish artists to explain why Plen an Gwari became so popular and provide first-hand evidence to help to explain the phenomenon.

The Death of All Things Seen

Michael Collins (2012, Creative Writing)

The Death of all Things Seen (forthcoming, June 2016)

Micahel Collins is the recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year Awards and has also won The Irish Novel of the Year and The Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award with earlier books. His latest book is set in Chicago, in the financial crisis of 2008 and is about complex identities and the fragility of humanity.

Port Jackson Gentlemen

Richard Cox (1951, English)

Port Jackson Gentlemen (Rosenberg Publishing, 2015)

This book is a narrative of the first free settlers - the Exclusives, or Port Jackson Gentlemen. Whether originally army officers and officials who stayed on, or settlers from the start, all were dependent upon convict labour, upon land grants, upon cunning and upon luck. Although sometimes unruly, they were adventurers and true pioneers.

Shakespeare's Heir

Chris Crowcroft (1971, Law)

Shakespeare's Heir: Last Case for Richard Palmer, Investigator (Aesop Modern, 2017)

Retired investigator Richard Palmer lives in the Charterhouse, a charity case engaged in regular altercations  with the Preacher who is trying to make him conform. Nearly everyone has died, among them Chief Minister Cecil his old client and William Shakespeare his bête noir, the one who got away.

A letter from his goddaughter Miracle in Oxford brings him up short. Her foster parents have died, she is in trouble; and she is in love with an impecunious student who harbours a dream to go to London, the Court and make his name as a writer. Worse, William Davenant fancies himself to be Shakespeare’s heir in body as well as soul.


Involuntary Heroes: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Civil Liberties

Mitch Crusto (1977, Law)

Involuntary Heroes: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Civil Liberties (Carolina Academic Press, 2015)

Mitch Crusto's latest book is about the government's overreaction in post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans. It examines the experiences of the “involuntary heroes,” whose civil liberties were infringed upon by the government and who received little redress in the judicial system for their suffering.