Modern Art Oxford to host solo exhibition by Catz graduating artist

St Catherine’s is pleased to see one of our very new graduates Nathan Caldecott (2014, Fine Art) selected from this year’s graduating artists at Ruskin School of Art for a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford.

Nathan, who graduated last week with a First Class degree, will be representing the Ruskin in competition with 15 other artists represented by 5 major galleries in the South East for the CVAN Platform Award, and we wish him the best of luck.

Success: Our Alumni Unlock £50,000 for Catz!

With 20% of our alumni making donations in the 2015-16 financial year, our community was one of the most generous in Oxford. This support has had a powerful impact on our students: world class tutorial teaching, financial help for 1 in 5 undergraduates and nearly 1 in 10 postgraduates, and much more!

This year, one of our alums challenged us to reach these amazing results once again. They pledged to make a generous donation of £50,000 if 20% of our community give to Catz by the end of the current financial year.

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.

College Lecturerships in Pure Mathematics

St Catherine’s College proposes to appoint a three-hour Retained Lecturer in Pure Mathematics and four-hour Retained Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, with effect from 1 October 2018. The Lecturerships will be for one year in the first instance.
The Lecturers will be expected to teach (in tutorials and classes) three or four hours a week averaged over the three terms (twenty-four weeks) of the academic teaching year. In addition, the post-holders will be expected to participate in the admissions process, set and mark College examinations, and take a role in the pastoral care of undergraduates. The post-holders will be responsible for teaching the first- and second-year Pure Mathematics courses together with one other tutor. Informal enquiries about the tutorial teaching requirements may be made to the Director of Studies for Mathematics, Professor Marc Lackenby (email:
The termly retainer will be £319.56 for the three-hour Retained Lecturer and £426.08 for the four-hour Retained Lecturer. The hours for which the Lecturers teach (including any in excess of three and four hours per week respectively) will be paid at the Senior Tutors’ Committee rates (currently £26.63 per hour), with payment due being calculated at the end of each term. The Lecturers will be a member of the Senior Common Room and will be entitled, free of charge, to one lunch and one dinner per week during term-time and during the admissions exercise in December. Teaching/seminar rooms are available for booking within College.

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 18 September. 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 during the week ending Friday 28 September.
The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 18 September.



William Booth

BA Oxf, MA, PhD Lond

For Prelims I teach:
General History IV (1815-1914)
The British Isles VI (1830-1951)
Optional Subject 14: Haiti and Louisiana
Optional Subject 16: The Rise and Crises of European Socialisms
For Finals I teach:
Further Subject: Modern Mexico 1876-1994
Disciplines of History
European and World History IX (North America, 1763-1898)
European and World History X (Europe, 1830-1914)
European and World History XII (United States since 1863)
European and World History XIII (Europe, 1914-1989)
European and World History XIV (The Global Twentieth Century, 1930-2003)
The British Isles VI (1815-1924)
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


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