Wall of Faces
Meet some of our newest recruits, and find out what attracted them to Durham:
Professor of Computer Science
I’m so excited to be joining Durham University as Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist. I love Durham and have wanted to work here for many years. I also love technology and welcome the opportunity to bring my passion for entrepreneurship, engagement with industry, digital skills, social media, software engineering and #womenintech to the Computer Science Department. Through my research, teaching and engagement with local and national organisations I am looking forward to making a positive impact.
Assistant Professor in Modern European Cultural History
I am a cultural historian with an interest in modern European cities, migration, and the countries and languages of Eastern and Central Europe. My first two books focus on architecture and music, and my next two co-authored books, the outcome of a Leverhulme-funded project at the University of Birmingham, are about museums of art and design in the Habsburg Empire. I have a very international and interdisciplinary background: my first degree is in fine arts, after which I studied art history, nationalism, urban planning, and heritage conservation, before moving to history. I have a PhD in History from the Central European University in Budapest and a Habilitation (higher doctorate) from the University of Vienna. Before taking up my new post in Durham, I held teaching and research positions in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Austria, and the UK. I am looking forward to joining the vibrant and cosmopolitan Department of History, working with colleagues and students as well as with other departments and centres at Durham.
Assistant Professor in Drama post-1660
My research interests span the long eighteenth century, with a special focus on theatre and performance, politics and gender. I studied at the universities of Oxford (MA; DPhil) and York (MA), and have been teaching at the University of Oxford for the past seven years. I have also held visiting fellowships at the Houghton, Folger and Beinecke libraries. I am eagerly looking forward to joining Durham University, and becoming a member of its dynamic and innovative Department of English Studies; a world-class department that nurtures the intellectual curiosity of its students - and staff!
Assistant Professor in Chinese Law
I grew up in the southernmost province of China, Hainan Island. I hold a J.S.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Durham Law faculty, I was a Hauser Post-Doctoral Global Fellow at New York University School of Law. My research interests center on courts, administrative law, and the Chinese legal system. Durham’s intellectual engagement and its commitment to innovative legal education truly inspire me. I am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant and diverse community.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
As a researcher in violence against women I'm most excited about becoming part of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRIVA) at Durham University. This world-renowned centre includes academics from Sociology, Law, Social Work, and Criminology, all working on some of the most critical questions about violence against women today.
Assistant Professor in Creative Writing
I'm delighted to be part of the expanding offer in creative writing at Durham University. I'm looking forward to working with students on their writing and also expanding my understanding of the art and craft of writing with them and with a wonderful set of colleagues. When I came to live in the UK, 25 years ago, I lived first in the North East and I'm glad to be back in this part of the country and to interact with its landscapes and languages.
Assistant Professor in Education
I am passionate about the role of schools in shaping a fairer society and have authored many peer-reviewed journal articles concerning methods, evaluations of school-based interventions, and equity in education. I have led funded studies from the Nuffield Foundation and Education Endowment Foundation, and recently completed two ESRC projects in using large-scale data sets in education research, to assess and overcome the poverty gradient. I joined the School of Education at Durham University because of its thriving research where world-leading teams and individuals are engaged in producing exciting research findings. I am looking forward to contributing to quality research in education and finding effective pathways to translate evidence into use that can benefit education in the developing countries.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Social Psychology
Originally from the US, I earned my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. The decision to join Durham University was an easy one. I was impressed with their international reputation and ambition to continue to climb the ranks as a world-class research institution. The Psychology Department demonstrated a sincere commitment to pursuing innovative and high-quality science, which are my top priorities as well. Durham University is also unique in their skills-based teaching approach. In psychology, this means educating students to be scientists, not merely to learn about science. The enchanting city was a nice bonus.
Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Sciences
Through my research, scholarship, and teaching, I address and challenge social inequalities related to participation, coaching, leadership, and organisational cultures in sport, and coach education and development. In particular, my research focuses on ‘race’ and gender equity, diversity and inclusion. I am a Durham alumna and graduated from the sport course in 2010. I am very much looking forward to returning to the University!
Assistant Professor in Electronic Engineering
In an effort to meet society’s demands from sensors and detectors, I investigate the fundamental properties of novel electronic materials. What really attracted me to Durham University was the collaborative spirit of the academics in the department. The strength of our research culture is based on the perfect synergy between the investigators’ interests as well as on their academic excellence. As an early career researcher, this made me feel confident that my research can thrive in a supportive and friendly environment.
Assistant Professor in Criminal Law
I am a socio-legal researcher, working primarily in the areas of sexual offences, domestic violence, gender and age. I am looking forward to returning to Durham to take up this new post in the law school. As well as the excellent reputation of the University and law school, consistently ranking high in national and international league tables, I am excited to be joining a department that provides extensive support for early career researchers (including mentoring, access to research funding and support with personal and professional development). I will be joining leading scholars in my field and look forward to working with colleagues and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in criminal law.
Assistant Professor in Early Modern Social and Cultural History
I specialise in the history of France and Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. My first book was about the Wars of Religion and now I'm working on criminal justice. In Durham, I'm particularly looking forward to trying out my ideas with students by teaching modules shaped by my research, and collaborating with new colleagues on a project about French Books and their European Readers, 1500-1700.
Iñaki García Etxebarria
Assistant Professor in Theoretical Particle Physics
I am delighted to join the outstanding theoretical particle physics group in Durham University. It has a well-deserved international reputation for excellence in research, and a strong focus on quality teaching. I am looking forward to exploring the wonderful mysteries of theoretical physics with my colleagues at Durham University, and to help in shaping the next generation of physicists. On a more personal note, the fact that Durham is a really nice environment in which to work and live was also an important contributing factor in my decision to take up the position.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
I am primarily interested in how consciousness fits into our overall theory of reality. I defend a form of panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. It sounds crazy, but an increasing number of philosophers and neuroscientists are coming to think it might be our best hope for explaining consciousness. Durham philosophy department is the perfect place for me: An open-minded community of world-leading philosophers. To top it all off, I get to live in the most beautiful part of the country.
Assistant Professor in Primatology
I am a behavioural primatologist by training, but my research and teaching interests cross disciplinary boundaries of psychology, behavioural ecology, and biological anthropology. Durham values and supports interdisciplinary research, and is an ideal place to develop my career. My colleagues in the Department of Anthropology are genuinely interested in one another’s work, and we have envisioned many collaborative opportunities. As a field primatologist, I was also impressed by the Department's emphasis on fieldwork opportunities for undergraduates. With departmental support, I am keen to explore an additional field school at my research site in Thailand, and share my passion for field research with Durham's students.
Professor in Economics
I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Iowa in 1988. I taught at U.S. universities until 2008 and in Australia since then. I published research articles in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Management Science, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Games and Economic Behaviour, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Experimental Economics, among others. Its ever increasing pursuit – and exceptional appreciation – of research excellence was the most attractive aspect of Durham University for me. I am looking forward to joining its great research community.
Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering
My main research interests include dynamic modelling of magnetic materials, power loss analysis in transformers and electrical machines, renewable energy systems and VSDs, transient response analysis of grounding systems, and grounding design of HVDC networks. Working with Durham University, a world top 100 university, is a great opportunity for me to develop my skills and experience in both teaching and research; I consider this a turning point in my professional life.
Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences
I was attracted to Durham University for many reasons, including academic reputation, most clearly demonstrated through the university's consistently high placement in national and international rankings. Equally compelling reasons were the university's rich historical foundations, the clear socially responsible values of the university, and of course, success in sports. I am looking forward to contributing to the newly formed Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences to the benefit of students, the wider university and society.
Professor of Sociology
In 2012 I was fortunate to receive a Slater Fellowship, which allowed me to spend Michaelmas term at University College. Upon arrival, my family and I immediately fell in love with the town and the University. Now, five years later, I cannot believe I am actually a member of staff in the Department of Sociology, with its strong commitment to research, teaching and service – all of which makes sociology at Durham such a high quality program.
Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History
I am an environmental historian of modern China. My previous work focussed on how societies have coped with disasters such as floods and fires. I lived for several years in Wuhan, which is known as the “furnace city” due to its formidable summer temperatures. This experience inspired my latest project, which is a social history of heat in urban Asia. With its reputation for excellence and a developing specialism in East Asia, Durham University seemed like the perfect place to pursue this research. I look forward sharing my passion for Chinese history with colleagues and students in the history department.
Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology
I have a wide-ranging academic background in philosophy, theology and religion, with research-level training in Asian philosophy and religion alongside my core specialism in philosophy and theology in the Christian tradition. I'm hugely excited to be joining the highest-ranking department of theology and religion in the UK, working with colleagues renowned in their fields. I'm particularly looking forward to teaching a course in one of my key research areas: theological and philosophical approaches to nature, ecology and environment.
Assistant Professor of Early Modern Literature
My work focuses on the literature and intellectual culture of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, and I come to Durham via Zagreb (BA), Warwick (PhD), and most recently Cambridge (Thole Research Fellow, Trinity Hall). I am thrilled at the prospect of joining a fantastic team of colleagues in the Department of English Studies, and exploring, with my new students, some of the greatest works and most influential ideas in English literary and intellectual history!
Professor of Human Geography
I am a cultural, feminist, political geographer. My central interest is in the embodied topologies through which difference emerges and comes to matter politically and ethically. I am currently working on two collaborative, fieldwork-based projects: one on sectarian difference in urban Turkey and the other on the geopolitics of trauma and the resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the US. I am very excited to join Geography at Durham University. What drew me to Durham was the dynamic intellectual environment, the active research clusters, and the opportunity to teach in this world class programme.
Mehdi Keshavarz Hedayati
Assistant Professor in Materials Science
As an experimentalist in the field of nanoscience and engineering, I always enjoy contributing to the welfare of the society by development of new engineering concepts and products. I believe Durham University, as a multi-national prestigious institution, is the right place for me as science and engineering go side by side for the favour of the society.