Awards and Scholarships

Past Academic Awardees

2021 Award Winners

Kathleen Hall Prize

Zoe Melvin

Bangor University

The impact of human disturbance on the African red colobus monkeys: a multi-scale and multi-species approach.

Johnstone and Florence Stoney Prize

Anca Rujan


Israel’s unwanted: the experiences and mutual interactions of Ethiopian Jews and African asylum seekers in contemporary Israel.

Margaret K B Day Prize

Suzanna Freer

University of Birmingham

Terahertz evanescent field imaging and sensing for biological applications.

Eleanor Rathbone Prize

Amy Beddows

London Metropolitan University

Women’s experience of victim blame from agencies.

Helen Rosenau Prize

Anya Perse

University of Oxford

The moralising world on a sheet: the invention, rise, and dissemination of the venetian moralising print in the second half of the sixteenth century.

Ida Smedley Maclean Prize

Maribel Schonewolff

University of Oxford

Studying ubiquitin regulation of inflammatory signalling using an integrated structural biochemical, and biophysical approach.

Caroline Spurgeon Prize

Jennifer McDerra

University of East Anglia

Finding Gladys Lindo: the problem with pioneering women.

J Barbara Northend Prize

Sofya Anisimova

University of St Andrews

Russian Military Strategy and the Entente in the First World War, 1914-17.

Winifred Cullis Prize

Niamh McNamara

University of Edinburgh

Investigating the role of microglia in central nervous system white matter health and injury.

Caroline Coignou Prize

Emily Hull


Irving Kristol: cold war liberal and conservative.

Winners from previous Years


Marjorie Shaw Prize: Grahaigh Cordwell
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
For research into Music, Humanitarianism & the Syrian refugee experience.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Julia Modern
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
For research into The Disability Rights Movement in Bunyoro, Uganda:  Human Rights, Value and Negotiations of Belonging.

Eila Campbell Prize: Nefeli Pirée Iliou
Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford/p>
For research on Constructing Roman Rural Estate in a north western Greek setting.  Rural economy and society in Roman Epirus ca. 2nd Century BC to 4th Century AD..

M H Joseph Prize: Catherine Richards
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
For research into The existential threat of climate change, societal collapse as a novel lens for tangible communications and risk-based prioritisation of interventions.

May Whiteley Prize: Cristina Cecchetti
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London
For research intoStructural & functional studies of plant and fungal secondary active transporters.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize: Stephanie Doebl
Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition, University of Aberdeen
For research on Designing effective healthcare services for patients with fibromyalgia.

Ruth Bowden Prize: Elizabeth Evens
Institute of the Americas, University College London
For research on Professional women and the surveillance of female reproduction and sexuality in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries..

Margaret B Day Prize: Daniela Köck
Department of Physics & Astronomy, School of Mathematical &Y Physical Sciences, University of Sussex
For research into The search for supersymmetry at ATLAS in final states with tau leptons.

Eleanor Rathbone Prize: Nahema Marchal
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
For research into Feeds of discord?  Exploring the implications of online political communications for affective polarisation.

Beryl Mavis Green Prize: Nicôle Meehan
School of Art History, Museum & Gallery Studies
For research intoThe digital museum object & transcultural memory after the post-digital turn.

Mary Bradburn Prize Prize: Christina Zou
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
For research into Existence, construction and optimality of solutions to the Skorokhod embedding problem for Markov processes.


BFWG Caroline Spurgeon Prize: Katherine Blaker
Urban Studies & Planning Department, University of Sheffield
For research on Contemporary forms of self-help and mutual aid to meet citizens’ basic needs; a bottom up perspective from a post-industrial community.

Mary Kearney Prize: Eloise Hamilton
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
For research on Non-reductive Geometric Invariant Theory and its application to Higgs bundles.

Margaret B Day Prize: Tahmida Huq
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
For research on Developing next generation non-toxic layered and 2-dimensional materials for photovoltaics.

First Ruth Bowden Prize: Frances Osis
School of History, University of Glasgow
For research on The venereal poison: a historic and genomic analysis of eighteenth-century sexual diseases.

Eila Campbell Prize: Sarah Tingey
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
For research on The potential of glacial flour as a novel soil amelioration strategy.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Anna Yakoleva
Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
For research on Bypassing the cold-chain: a novel vaccine and biologic delivery platform.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Prize: Azul Zorzoli
Molecular Biology Division, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
For research on The role of rhamnosyltransferases in the biosynthesis of Streptococcus pyogenes’ Group A carbohydrate.

Second Ruth Bowden Prize: Amy Jolly
Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London
For research on Investigating working memory impairment after traumatic brain injury.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Anna Yakoleva
Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
For research on Bypassing the cold-chain: a novel vaccine and biologic delivery platform.


Beryl Mavis Green Prize: Georgia Haseldine
School of English, Queen Mary University London
Portraiture and the radical parliamentary reform movement 1760 – 1820.

Eila Campbell Prize: Isadora Urrutia Steinert
Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol
An-other road: Route 5, materiality, mobility and Chilean identity discourses .

Mary Bradburn Prize: Tina Beale
Department of Real Estates and Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading
The property tax collector: taxpayer and the compliance equilibrium. A case study on property tax compliance among residential property taxpayers in three Jamaican parishes.

Ruth Bowden Prize: Anna Bibby
Translational Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol
A Trial of Intra-pleuraL immunoTherapy in mesothelioma (the TILT trial): a feasibility study using the trial within a cohort methodology.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship: Catherine Scrymgeour-Wedderburn
Clinical Research Department, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Neurodevelopmental effects of HIV and ART exposure: a prospective neuroimaging study of uninfected children born to HIV-infected mothers.

Betty Heinemann Prize: Olga Burkhardt-Vetter
School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Towards the ethics of response: healing and reconciliation after mass atrocity and genocide in the cases of Distomo and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Kathleen Hall Prize: Liana Chase
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Shifting ecologies of care in post-earthquake Nepal: an ethnography of psychiatric humanitarian practice.

Winifred Cullis Prize: Martha Lopez Yrigoyen
Centre for Regenerative Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Production of functional erythroid island like macrophages from induced pluripotent stem cells by genetic programming to recapitulate the erythropoiesis niche in vitro. 

J Barbara Northend Prize: Bérengère Digard
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Effects of bilingualism upon social cognition and perspective taking processes in adults with autism and their neurotypical peers.

M H Joseph Prize: Katie Winkle
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol
Social robots for persuasion and motivation (with an application in rehabilitative therapies).


Caroline Spurgeon Prize Lyndsey Jenkins
Department of Modern History, Oxford University From mills to militants: the Kenney sisters, suffrage and social reform c 1890 – 1970

Mary Bradburn Prize Stasja Stanisic
School of Physics, Bristol University Distinguishability and pseudo-randomness in quantum information

Johnstone and Florence Stoney Prize Clementine Chirol
Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton University Morphological evolution of managed realignment schemes

Ruth Bowden Prize Gracia Fellmeth
Nuffield Department of Public Health, Oxford University Perinatal depression among migrant women on the Thai-Myanmar border: prevalence, risk factors and infant outcomes

Barbara Northend Prize Diya Gupta
Department of English, King’s College, London The Indian soldiers’ experiences in the Second World War: a literary and cultural examination

Beryl Mavis Green Prize
Rebecca Vos Department of Electronics, York University The perception and production of vowels sung at high fundamental frequencies

Margaret K B Day Prize Magda Bujar
Department of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire Development and evaluation of a framework for improving the quality of decision making during medicines’ development, regulatory review and reimbursement

Eila Campbell Prize Ann-Christin Wagner
Department of Social Anthropology, Edinburgh University From waiting for the bus to Waiting for Godot: an ethnography of the relationship between waiting and displacement among Syrian refugees in Malfraq, Jordan

Kathleen Hall Prize Chioma Ngonadi
Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University Early agricultural communities in Lieja, south-eastern Nigeria: an archaeobotanical investigation

Marjorie Shaw Prize Aisha Bismillah
Department of Chemistry, Durham University The dynamic covalent rearrangements of the barbaralyl cations


Margaret K B Day Scholarship Rebecca Ingle
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol Comparing and contrasting gas and liquid phase photochemistry

J Barbara Northend Scholarship Sangseraima Ujeed
The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford Mapping the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism: study of the Thob yig gsal ba’i me long (“The clear mirror of the records of teachings received”) of Za-ya Pandita Blo-bzang’phrinlas

Marjorie Shaw Scholarship Leen van Broeck
Classics Department, Royal Holloway, University of London People, place and power in Tacitus 

Caroline Spurgeon Scholarship Lucy Hinnies
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh Negotiating the querelle des femmes in the Bannatyne MS c. 1568

Mary Kearsley Scholarship Veronika Witzke
Department of Mathematics, City University, London Shear flow instabilities in stellar objects: linear stability and non-linear evolution

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Andrea Strakova
Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge Genome diversity and evolution in canine transmissible venereal tumour

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Lucy Whelan
Department of History of Art, University of Oxford Painting as philosophy: the late work of Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947)

Johnstone and Florence Stoney Studentship Celine Journot
Department of Physics, University of Oxford DNA structures in interaction with lipid bilayer

Mary Bradburn Scholarship Sheharbano Khattak
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge An investigation into the consequences of internet censorship


 Kathleen Hall Fellowship Anne Makena
Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford Probing the evolution, activity and inhibition of clinically relevant metallo-ß-lactamases

Beryl Mary Green Scholarship Lisandra Costiner
History of Art and Visual Culture Department, University of Oxford Vernacular religious texts and the characteristics of popular devotion in  Early Renaissance Italy

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Pallavi Bedi
MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Queen Margaret Research Institute, University of Edinburgh Lipoxin A4 deficiency is associated with disease severity in bronchiectasis

Margaret K B Day Scholarship Natasha Davie
Nuffield Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Oxford Academia-industry collaboration in translational medicine

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Daisy Fancourt

Psychobiology group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London The psychoneuroimmunology of music: modulation of psychological , endocrine and immune responses through participatory interventions

Marjorie Shaw Scholarship Serena Dyer
Department of History, University of Warwick Trained to consume: dress and the female consumer in eighteenth century Britain

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Genevieve Gariepy
Department of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Novel imaging applications using single photon avalanche detector arrays

J Barbara Northend Scholarship Anna Judson
Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge The undeciphered signs of Linear B

Mary Kearsley Scholarship Natasha Morrison
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford Topics in extremal combinatorics

M H Joseph Prize  Ananya Renuka Balakrishna
Department of Engineering Science University of Oxford Application of phase-field model to ferroelectrics


Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Jyoti Nangalia
University of Cambridge The genomic landscape and evolution of myeloproliferative neoplasms

Mary Kearsley Scholarship Sneha Rhode
University of Cambridge Dislocation core structures of III nitrides

Eila Campbell Scholarship Sirio Canós-Donnay
Institute of Archaeology, University College, London Historical landscapes of High Casamance: shifting sedentism and socio-political change in southern Senegal

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Temilola  Alanamu
Department of History, University of Exeter ‘Before the white men came’: the gendered life-cycle in nineteenth century Yorubaland

Margaret KB Day Scholarship Xiaojing Chen
Dental Physical Sciences Unit, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London Novel halide containing bio-glasses for dental applications

Second Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Helen Pennington
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London Investigating the interactors of the Blumeria effector BEC1054

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Penelope Barter
School of Divinity, University of St Andrews Ezekiel 20 and the composition of the Torah

Second Eila Campbell Fellowship Julie Hope
Sediment Ecology Research Group, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews The biological influences on sediment erosion and transport

Mary Bradburn Scholarship Katherine Hubbard
School of Psychology, University of Surrey The Rorschach Ink Blot Test in Britain in the 20th century

Elen Wynne VanstoneScholarship Stevie Marsden
Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling The Saltire Society literary awards 1982 – 2015


Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Kate Saunders
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford Borderline personality disorder and bipolar affective disorder

Eila Campbell Scholarship Rachel Joyce
Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London Terror and trauma: the place of the Tamil minority in post-war Sri Lanka

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Naomi Walker
Department of Infectious Disease and Immunity, Division of Medicine, Imperial, London Defining mechanisms of tissue destruction in TB and TB immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS)

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Emma Login
Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham A comparative study of war memorial processes from 1860 until the present in the UK, France and the USA

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Emma Lochery
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford Business and state-making in Somaliland’s utility sector: a case study of the water and electricity sectors

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship Emma West
Department for Critical and Cultural Theory, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, University of Cardiff The highs and lows of modernism – a cultural deconstruction It is regretted that Emma West was omitted from the list printed in the Autumn edition of BFWG News.

Second Ruth Bowden Scholarship Eva Barkauskaite
Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, University of Manchester Structural and biochemical characterisation of poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase (PARG)

Mary Bradburn Scholarship Charlotte Bond
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham Beam shapes and mirror surfaces, precision interferometry for advanced gravitational wave detectors

Margaret KB Day Scholarship Anne-Marie Haughey
Department of Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde An integrated and high-throughput diagnostic platform for assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease

MH Jospeh Prize Larissa Dos Santos Romualdo Suzuki
Department of Computer Science, UCL The design and realisation of middleware frameworks for urban data management


Centenary Scholarship Lucy Thorne
Imperial, London Norovirus

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Pamela Anderson
Strathclyde The orbital dynamics of advanced planetary observations systems

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship Alex Pryce
Oxford Feminism and the poetry of Colette Bryce, Leontia Flynn and Sinead Morrissey

Ruth Bowden Scholarship Emily Witts
St Andrews Modulation of mammalian spinal cord locomotor networks

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Sapna Desai
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine The effect of a community health worker intervention on women’s health and health seeking-behaviour in Gujurat, India.

Margaret K B Day Scholarship Ashley Nord
Oxford The bacterial flagellar motor.

M H Joseph Prize Stephanie Walton
Imperial, London Control and influence of domain wall chirality in Ni81Fe19  nanomagnets

Eila Campbell Scholarship Julia Beaumont
Bradford Victims and survivors of the Great Irish Famine 

J Barbara Northend Scholarship Helen Graham-Matheson
Queen Mary, London  The controversial careers of Elisabeth Parr and the women of the Tudor Court 1540-1565


Margaret K B Day Scholarship Sarah Miller
(New College). Department of Physics - Astrophysics. Oxford University The assembly history of disk galaxies and their dark matter

Eila Campbell Scholarship: Miljana Radivojevi
Institute of Archaeology, University College, London The origins of metallurgy in Europe: metal production in the Vinca culture

Ruth Bowden Scholarship: Divya Rajamohan
School of Clinical Sciences, University of Nottingham In vitro modelling of the cardiac channelopathies using human pluripotential cells

Marjorie Shaw Scholarship: Jessica Cauchard
Department of  Computer Science Interaction and Graphics Group, University of Bristol Human-computer interaction in mobile environments

Barbara Northend Scholarship: Roberta Cimino
Institute of Mediæval Studies, School of History, University of St Andrews Italian queens in the 9th and 10th centuries

M H Joseph Prize: Alice Clifford
~Centre for Digital Music, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University, London Reduction of microphone artefacts between source and microphone in live sound

Kathleen Hall Fellowship: Laurel Gabler:
(Green Templeton College). Department of Public Health, Oxford University Health seeking behaviours and health care utilisation of people in rural Nepal


Nancy Edwards Scholarship Mary Robb
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Music, University of Edinburgh Outside the Academy: the music of Miriam Gideon during the Cold War

Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship Claire Waters
Faculty of English, University of Oxford Ageing women in Shakespeare’s drama.

Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship Rosie Louise Perkins (nee Burt)
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge The co-construction of ‘learning cultures’: an ethnographically-informed case study of practices at a UK conservatoire

Florence and Johnstone Stoney Studentship Lethy Krishnan Jagadamma
Dept. of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Characterisation of nanostructured light emitters.

Eila Campbell Scholarship Hannah Russ
Dept. of Archeological, Geographical & Environmental Science, University of Bradford Palaeolithic fishing in Europe.

Margaret K B Day Scholarship Maxie Roessler
Inorganic Chemistry, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Oxford Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of metalloenzymes.


Margaret K B Day Scholarship Natalie Garrett
School of Physics, University of Exeter Metal-enhanced vibrational imaging and spectroscopy of biological samples.

Eila Campbell Scholarship Vanesa Pesque Cela
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The rise of self governing social organizations and the provision of public goods in rural China.

Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship Franziska Schrodt
Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds New techniques to determine plant nutrient availability in natural ecosystems.

Kathleen Hall Fellowship Josia Razafindramana
School of Social Sciences and Law, Oxford Brookes University. Comparative ecology and conservation of ring-tailed (Lemur catta) and brown (Eulemur sp.) lemurs in fragmented forests - South eastern Madagascar.

1993 Jane Finlay Scholarship  Prof Wendy Chan Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
"I  am honoured to have been a BFWG scholarship recipient during my post-graduate studies at Cambridge University. The award provided vital support during my time in the UK. As an international student, tuition and living costs can add up substantially, therefore, without financial support, the ability to complete my studies would be more challenging. With the support of the BFWG, I completed my PhD in Criminology at Cambridge and started a career in academia. One of the important aspects of the funding I received from the BFWG is the recognition of my research on domestic homicides and the legal treatment of battered women who kill their spouses in the UK. It is not always easy to carry out research on controversial issues and it was reassuring to know that the BFWG supported my work. My doctoral dissertation was eventually published as a book titled Women, Murder and Justice in 2001 by Palgrave Press, UK. Since completing my post-graduate work, I returned to Canada to pursue an academic career. Upon leaving Cambridge, I held a tenure-track post at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and then three years later, returned to the west coast of Canada to be closer to my family. I currently hold a Professorship in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. My research continues to examine issues of gender, race and class in the criminal justice system. I have published three other books along with a wide range of journal articles and book chapters. I am currently working on a number of different research projects that examines the criminalization of marginalized groups in the context of the welfare state, mental health, immigration and in the media. I teach in the areas of gender, social control and immigration, and I supervise graduate students working on a variety of social justice-related topics. I am currently co-Director of the Feminist Institute for Studies in Law and Society and co-Team Leader at the Center for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health at Simon Fraser University

2003 Jane Finlay Scholarship  Dr Anna Marmodoro Fellow in Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Anna Marmordoro
I hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and the equivalent of a MA (Laurea) in Philosophy from the University of Pisa, Italy. I have been an Official Fellow of Corpus Christi College, at the University of Oxford, since 2011. Before that, I was awarded a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship in Philosophy, which I held as a Junior Research Fellow in Corpus (2008-2011). My first appointment was a Lectureship in the Faculty of Philosophy, at Oxford, and in Corpus Christi College (2007). I have edited three volumes and have one monograph forthcoming, and have authored a variety of articles and book chapters in my areas of research: ancient and contemporary metaphysics, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion.

I have held visiting fellowships in Germany, Australia, and Italy. I have been the recipient of major research awards from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (2012); from the European Research Council (2010); from the Leverhulme Trust (2008). My training in philosophy in Italy was focused mainly on the study of the history of ideas.  When I started my graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh I needed to learn a new analytic methodology (in a foreign language), as well as new philosophical material.

The Scholarship I received from the Federation allowed me to take a fourth year to complete my doctorate - this fourth year was crucial for consolidating my analytic philosophy training, and allowed me to publish even before the submission of my thesis. I thus entered the next stage of my academic career in a stronger position than if I had to hurry to finish my thesis within three years; and my first appointment was a lectureship at the University of Oxford.

2005 Mary Bradburn Scholarship Dr Camille Szmaragd  Research Associate, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol
I would like to thank you for supporting me through a BFWG scholarship which helped me through the last year of my PhD. Thanks to your support, I was able to complete my PhD successfully and I received my doctorate within the 3 years. In particular, the extra funding provided by the BFWG enabled me to reduce my teaching load in the final year to concentrate fully on my research. Following the completion of my PhD in Genetics (in Cambridge), I worked for two and a bit years at the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright, Surrey, developing epidemiologic models of transmission of bluetongue disease through British livestock.

These models were particularly influential in the management of the bluetongue epidemics which affected the UK in 2007-2008. I was also closely involved in the working group which designed the control and prevention strategy against bluetongue in Scotland. At the end of 2008, I moved to the Southwest of England and started working at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol.

My research since then has involved investigating risk factors involved in the transmission and persistence of bovine tuberculosis in the Southwest of England.  I am currently working as part of a team developing a new and exciting statistical software engine, Stat-JR, which aims to provide social and natural scientists a more intuitive environment for analysing complex datasets and fitting advanced statistical models. I would like to reiterate my very sincere gratitude to BFWG for awarding me The Mary Bradburn Scholarship as without it I will probably not be where I am now.

2006 Ellen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship  Dr Christine Cheng Lecturer in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
Christine Cheng
From 2009-2012 I was a post-doctoral fellow in politics and international relations at Exeter College, Oxford, before taking up the post of Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in 2012. After I received the BFWG scholarship, I spent a year on exchange at Yale University, then won a fellowship to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canada, and then returned to the UK to take up a junior research fellowship in Oxford. My DPhil, which the BFWG scholarship supported, was on Extralegal Groups, Natural Resources, and Statebuilding in Post-Conflict Liberia. I maintain broad research interests in post-conflict transitions, peacekeeping, organized crime, corruption, and African politics.

Recently, I published a co-edited volume entitled Corruption and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (Routledge, 2011) as well as other book chapters related to this theme. I am currently working on a book manuscript that builds on my dissertation on extralegal groups. Hopefully soon I will also have a book contract! My next project will be on the evolution of anti-corruption norms. Perhaps of interest to BFWG members, I also have a separate (and slightly indulgent) research interest on women in politics. I co-authored a journal article showing that political candidates are more likely to be female if the local party gatekeeper is also female. You would think that this would be a somewhat obvious result- but proving that this is so is harder than you might think!

The article was published in Political Research Quarterly and is entitled: Informal Influences in Selecting Female Political Candidates. In the last two years, I have also begun to blog and tweet about international affairs. My commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and al Jazeera, and I have spoken about African politics (on TV and radio) for a number of media outlets including the BBC and Radio France International. During this time I also had a son. He was born while I was on exchange at Yale. He is now three and a half years old.