Academic Staff

Laura Tunbridge

BA Oxf, MA Nott, PhD Princeton

Teaching

I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century music history and analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current lecture courses include Richard Strauss and the Representation of Women, The String Quartet after Beethoven, Lieder in Theory and Practice, and Musical Thought and Scholarship.

About me

I read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, then completed a MA at Nottingham and a PhD at Princeton. I taught for two years at the University of Reading, and for ten years at the University of Manchester, before joining St Catherine's and the Music Faculty in October 2014. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, New York, and at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Research

My new book, Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago University Press, 2018), investigates vocal recitals in London and New York in the 1920s and 30s, examining the impact of interwar politics on British and American musical life and the influence of Austro-German musicians on repertoire and performance styles, as well as the ways in which live concert practices were informed by early recordings, radio and sound film.

That project builds on earlier interests in singers and songs. The Song Cycle (Cambridge University Press, 2010), traces a history of the genre from Beethoven through to today. It considers how ideas about song cycles have been shaped by performers and recording technology, and how song cycles have interacted with other genres: from symphonies and operas to popular music.

My other major interest is the reception of the life and works of Robert Schumann. I am particularly interested in the influence his biography has had on our understanding of his music, which I wrote about in Schumann's Late Style (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and in Rethinking Schumann (co-edited with Roe-Min Kok, Oxford University Press, 2011).

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage and at https://oxford.academia.edu/LauraTunbridge.

Graduate supervision

I am the MSt and MPhil convenor in the Faculty of Music and teach seminars on topics such as Aesthetics, Theory and Analysis, and Music and Travel. Enquiries from prospective postgraduate students are welcome.

Henfrey Fellow and Tutor in Music
Professor of Music

Fiona McConnell

BA Camb, MA, PhD QMUL

Teaching

At College I tutor all aspects of Human Geography for the undergraduate course and within the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach an optional final honours school course on ‘Geopolitics in the margins’.

About me

I joined St. Catherine’s and the School of Geography and the Environment in December 2013. Prior to this I was a lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University and I have also held a Junior Research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge (2011-2013) and an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Newcastle University (2010-2011). I completed my undergraduate in Geography at the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) and my MA and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.

Research

My research is mainly in the field of political geography and aims to develop new areas of thinking regarding governance beyond the state and different modes of political legitimacy. In particular, I am interested in how communities officially excluded from formal state politics are nevertheless engaging with aspects of statecraft, and in using such seemingly anomalous cases as a lens to critically examine the 'norms' of governance. A significant part of my research to date has focused on the political structures and practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile based in India. I have ongoing research projects on cultures of diplomacy, social and labour mobility in India's post-liberal economy, geographies of peace, and constructions and contestations of political legitimacy.

Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography

Teaching Award for Fellow in Experimental Psychology

Dr Gaia Scerif, the College’s Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology, has won a divisional “Teaching Excellence” award, in the “Excellent Teacher Category”. These are presented by the Medical Sciences Division annually.

These awards formally recognise the excellent contributions to teaching and/or supervision made by individual members of Collegiate University and NHS staff within the Division. This award comes in addition to her Oxford Teaching Excellence award for Innovation in Teaching in 2012.

Philip Torr

BSc S'ton, DPhil Oxf

About me

I studied Pure Mathematics at Southampton University, and first came to Oxford to do my DPhil in the Department of Engineering on automated understanding of images (“Computer Vision”) - this is a topic that has fascinated me ever since. After leaving Oxford I joined Microsoft Research, working there for several years both in Seattle and then later at their research laboratory  in Cambridge (England). I then moved to Oxford Brookes to establish a new research group in Computer Vision that won several academic and industrial awards for its output before returning to Oxford University’s Department of Engineering as University research professor.  In 2007 I was made a Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.  You can read about it here.

My personal webpage can be found here.

Research

Computer Vision is about getting computers to “see” as well as we do. It is an enterprise involving people in many areas from biologists to mathematicians, from psychologists to computer scientists and engineers, who have been working for many years to understand its underlying mathematical and computational principles.

I have been awarded the prestigious European Advanced Investigator Award which provides 2.5 million Euros to set up a new research group at Oxford.

Publications can be found here.

Some videos of my research can be found here and here.

Graduate supervision

I run a large research group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. I am always on the lookout for new recruits but only if you really rank amongst the best of your peers. Details about the group can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow by Special Election in Engineering Science
Professor of Engineering Science

Eleanor Stride

BEng, PhD UCL, MA Oxf

Teaching

I currently lecture in Mathematics for first year Engineering Science students and in Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery for D.Phil. Students in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation (http://www.ibme.ox.ac.uk/training/cdt) in addition to supervising third and fourth year and Masters student projects.

About me

I hold a BEng and PhD from University College London. Following the completion of my PhD in 2005 I was appointed to a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC Research Fellowship and subsequently a Readership in 2010. I joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Oxford in October 2011 when I also became a Fellow of St. Catherine’s.

Research

I am part of the Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy and Biopharmaceutical Laboratory (BUBBL http://www.ibme.ox.ac.uk/research/non-invasive-therapy-drug-delivery) and my research is focused in two complementary areas:

(1) Drug delivery systems engineering

Advanced encapsulation methods for the fabrication of drug carriers

Controlled release and biophysics of therapeutic delivery -Theranostics and treatment monitoring

(2) Biomedical ultrasonics

Engineering microbubble agents for diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Physics of cavitation in high intensity focused ultrasound

Biophysical effects of ultrasound

Graduate Supervision

I currently supervise 8 DPhil students working in biomedical ultrasonics and drug delivery.

Fellow by Special Election in Engineering Science
Professor of Engineering Science

Ben Bollig

BA Nott, MA, PhD KCL, MA Oxf

Teaching
I teach all areas of Spanish language and literature to first-year students. To second and final-years I teach modern Latin American literature and film, as well as Spanish language (in particular translation from Spanish).

About me
I studied Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Nottingham, and then took an MA in Latin American Cultural Studies and a PhD in Argentine literature at King’s College, London. I went on to work as a lecturer at universities in London and then for five years at the University of Leeds, before joining Catz in 2011. In 2016 I became Professor of Spanish American Literature. 

Research
I work on contemporary literature and film in Latin America. I am currently writing a book on the cinematic adaptation of poetry in Argentina and editing another, on the same topic but across Latin America, with David M.J. Wood (UNAM). I have also published articles and been interviewed for a podcast on crime fiction in Latin America. My most recent books incluce Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry. The Lyric and the Statea translation of Cristian Aliaga's The Foreign Passion (London: Influx, 2016); and, with Alejandra Crosta, a volume of new British poetry in Spanish translation, Antropófagos en las islas, published in Argentina by Espacio Hudson. I co-edited Latin American Cultural Studies: A Reader for Routledge. I am an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. A number of my reviews have been published in the TLS - on Neruda, Cortázar, and Carlos Gamerro  

Graduate supervision
I have supervised graduate students at Masters and PhD level on modern and contemporary literature, culture and film in Latin America, and would welcome prospective students in these areas.

Other college responsibilities
Director of Studies, Modern Languages; Director of Studies, Spanish.

 

Fellow and Tutor in Spanish
Professor of Spanish American Literature
Associate Lecturer in Spanish, St John's College Oxford.

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Master of St Catherine's

Roger Ainsworth

Professor of Engineering Science

I became Master of St Catherine's in October 2002, having been a Fellow in Engineering of the College since 1985. Originally I trained as an undergraduate apprentice with Rolls-Royce Aeroengines in Derby, before attending Jesus College Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate, and obtaining a D.Phil in 1976.

After ten years in industry, working for Rolls-Royce and also the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, I returned to Oxford to continue my research in the field of aeroengine thermofluid flows. My main interest has been in the development of experimental techniques for measuring flows in the transonic regime, particularly applied to gas turbines. Other areas of interest have included the development of laser velocimetry techniques, and the history of technology, particularly the role of mechanical engineers in developing and inventing new machines.

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