Amanda Palmer

MA Oxf, PhD Warw
College Lecturer in Human Sciences


I have been the Lecturer in Sociology at St Catherine’s College since 1989 teaching a range of topics within the Human Sciences degree course. I have acted as Director of Studies in Human Sciences for a range of Oxford Colleges, currently being the DoS at Harris Manchester College. I am also currently Chair of Examiners and Head of the Institute of Human Sciences, the latter being a post that rotates every three years between members of staff.

About me

I read Human Sciences myself at St Catherine’s back in the 1980s and proceeded to a PhD at Warwick University in the Sociology of Education. During the 1990s I was a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University but upon taking early retirement I maintained the teaching work with Human Scientists that I have always enjoyed. My teaching post is part-time and I also have additional business interests outside the University.


I am no longer research active but maintain a strong association with research into aspects of gender. I have published on the topic of low achieving pupils in education and conducted confidential research projects for HM Government on aspects of women and careers throughout the 1990s.

Graduate supervision

No longer involved with graduates.