Selecting Subjects

We want you to both academically benefit and enjoy each of the courses you undertake at St Catherine’s. Selection of subjects: Unlike many universities we do not have a list of subjects from which you are required to choose. We would like to move away from your simply choosing a title from a list. Use your personal statement to describe what you are interested in studying and what you would like to academically achieve here at St Catherine’s. It would also be helpful to know how the subjects or topics you wish to study fit into your degree (if in fact they do) or whether you are taking the opportunity to study subjects because of your own interests. Either approaches is equally valid but please make sure that your home university is happy with your choices as you may wish to obtain academic credit for them.

A number of faculties within Oxford publish their course and option syllabi on-line. These represent a valuable resource for those wanting to find out what might be possible to study and importantly in what terms some subjects may be taught.

You are welcome to contact the Director of Studies by email so that you can correspond directly ahead of your application about subject choices.

How many subjects can you choose per academic term?

The application form provides space to list the subjects you wish to take. You can ask that the Director of Studies takes account of your personal statement and/or you can give topics you may need to do to fulfil academic requirements at your home school.

Please choose two subjects that you represent your first choices and then offer two alternatives for each term.

Protest in Putin’s Russia

Mischa Gabowitsch (1995, PPE)

Protest in Putin’s Russia (Polity Press, 2016)

In this the first full-length study of the 2011 Russian protests, Mischa Gabowitsch challenges the journalistic clichés that surrounded the demonstrations, to deeply analyse them in the context of protest and social movements across Russia as a whole.

Stipendiary Lecturership in French

St Catherine’s College proposes to appoint a twelve-hour Stipendiary Lecturer in French, with effect from 1 October 2018. The Lecturership will be for one year to cover a period of maternity leave.
The Lecturer will be expected to teach twelve weighted hours a week averaged over the three terms (twenty-four weeks) of the academic teaching year (the College operates a weighting system whereby hours spent teaching groups larger than one person count for more than one hour). College teaching is in small groups (usually two or three students for literature, and four to seven for language). The post-holder will be responsible for teaching a range of papers in French literature and language to undergraduates reading for degrees involving French, and will be responsible for overseeing the academic programmes of those students and for monitoring their progress. The post-holder will be expected to teach across a range of papers in the first-year (Prelims) course and in appropriate areas of the Final Honours School course (second- and fourth-year). Core teaching will centre on Final Honours School Paper VII (Topics in the period of literature 1530-1800), the early modern part of Paper VIII (Topics in the period of literature 1715 to the present), and Paper X (Modern Prescribed Authors (i)), as well as language papers at all levels. Course details can be found at, and the syllabus is available at

In addition, the post-holder will be expected to act as the Director of Studies for French, playing a full role in the running of Modern Languages in the College, including arranging tuition, participating in the admissions process, setting and marking College examinations, and taking a role in the pastoral care of undergraduates. Informal enquiries about the tutorial teaching requirements may be made to Dr Jessica Goodman (email:
The annual stipend for three terms is currently £26,495 and is pensionable. The Lecturer will be a member of the Senior Common Room and will be entitled, free of charge, to five lunches and five dinners per week during term-time and during the admissions exercise in December, and two lunches and two dinners per week outside term-time. Teaching/seminar rooms are available for booking within College, and it is possible that a shared teaching room will be available.

For further details, please see the Further particulars:
Further particulars (Word version)
Further particulars (PDF version)

Applications should be sent, in a single file, by email to the Personnel Advisor (Email: to arrive not later than noon on Tuesday 29 May. Applications must include: a completed Application Cover Form (available to download as part of the further particulars); a letter of application including a statement of prior teaching experience; a full curriculum vitae; and the names of two academic referees. A recruitment monitoring form should also be submitted (see further particulars for details). Candidates should supply each of their referees with a copy of the further particulars and ask them to write directly to the Personnel Advisor, by email if possible, by the same closing date.
Interviews will be held at St Catherine’s on the morning of Tuesday 12 June.
The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 29 May.



William Booth

BA Oxf, MA, PhD Lond

For Prelims I teach:
General History IV (1815-1914)
Optional Subject: The Rise and Fall of European Socialisms
For Finals I teach:
Further Subject: Modern Mexico 1876-1994
Disciplines of History
General XI 1789-1871
General History XII 1856-1914
General History XVII The History of the United States since 1863
History of the British Isles VI (1815-1924)
History of the British Isles VII (1900 - )

About Me

I studied Modern History and Politics at Oxford as an undergraduate before taking an MA in Latin American Studies at ILAS, University of London. I then worked for a few years at Canning House where our aim was to improve diplomatic, business, cultural and academic links between UK, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. In 2012 I finished my PhD at ISA, University of London; my thesis looked at various Mexican Marxist groups during the early Cold War. Before joining St. Catherine's, I taught history at the Univeristy of Warwick, at UCL and at LSE. I also teach Latin American politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna). I am a founder and convenor of the Radical Americas Network ( and an editor of the Radical Americas Journal.

My publications include: "Hegemonic Nationalism, Subordinate Marxism: The Mexican Left, 1945–7," in Journal of Latin American Studies (2017); "Mid-Century Communisms: A Schematic Approach?" in The International Newsletter of Communist Studies, XVIII (2012)


My research is divided into two strands, though at times they are linked. I work primarily on the Latin American lefts during the twentieth century, thinking about factors such as nationalism, factionalism, and authoritarianism. While much of my focus here has been on Marxists in Mexico, I have branched out into other strands of socialism and anarchism across the Americas. I am also interested in other histories that intersect with that of the left, including the histories of the Cold War (especially its definition and timing) and of U.S. foreign policy.

My second research strand examines writers and politics in post-Revolutionary Mexico; I have presented research papers on Langston Hughes, B. Traven and Martín Luis Guzmán. I am also interested in the relationship between radical politics and science fiction.

College Lecturer in History

Bruce Levell

BA, DPhil Oxf
Research Associate

Thomas Adams

BA, BCL, DPhil

Tom works in legal philosophy, with special interest in questions relating to method and social ontology, as well as the theory of public law.

Tom completed the BA in Jurisprudence and BCL at St Peter's College, Oxford and the DPhil in Law at Balliol College, Oxford. Prior to coming to St Catherine's he was a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge as well as having been a Hauser Global Visiting Scholar at New York University School of Law.

For St Catherine's Tom teaches Constutional Law and Administrative Law.

Fellow and Tutor in Law
Associate Professor of Law

Samuel Wolfe

MA, MPhil, PhD Camb
Fellow and Tutor in French Linguistics
Associate Professor in French Linguistics

Alexander Teytelboym

BSc LSE, MPhil, DPhil Oxf
Tutor in Economics
Associate Professor in Economics

Alessandro Iandolo

BA Roma Tre, MPhil Camb, DPhil Oxf
Fellow by Special Election in Politics
College Lecturer in Politics


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