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Professor Diana Barsham is a cultural historian with a PhD in the history of conversation. She has taught at a number of British Universities including Warwick and Birmingham City and was Head of English & Creative Writing first at the University of Derby and then at the University of Chichester. She has published widely in her specialist fields of biography and poetry and has written books on the Victorian Women’s Movement, on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on the twentieth century poets Ted Walker and Sylvia Plath and, most recently, on the eighteenth century poet, biographer and art patron, William Hayley. She lives part of the year in Provence and is currently researching a book on Mary Magdalen, Petrarch & the Christian Resurrection.| Cultural Historian


John did an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Emmanuel College Cambridge and then a MSc and PhD in Management Science at Imperial College, London. He then joined the faculty at Imperial College, working in the Management School (latterly the Tanaka Business School) for over 25 years. 

Dr. Jane Beckett teaches contemporary British art at NYU in London, on other programs at London University; at the University of East Anglia where she was Senior Lecturer in Art History. She completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on Dutch twentieth-century art and color theory and is completing a book on the cultural history of Amsterdam. She has published extensively on European and British modern and contemporary art, photography and film, most recently Henry Moore (2003) and in Difference and Excess (2004), written the catalogue on Art and Film (2005) for the British Film Institute and acted as a curator for exhibitions in the UK and the USA. 

Described by The Times as “a polymath”, Clive Bloom is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, best-selling author and publisher. In 2011, Clive was the historical consultant to the BBC and a number of national and international newspapers on the G20 and the summer riots in Britain. He is an occasional feature writer for The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Irish Times and the London Evening Standard, regularly appearing on television and radio and quoted in the Washington Post and Pravda. Clive also has an entry in the Columbia Book of World Quotations. His numerous books include Riot City, Victoria’s Madmen, Gothic Histories, Restless Revolutionaries, Violent London, Bestsellers, Cult Fiction and many more, all of which have enjoyed international recognition



Monica Bohm-Duchen (MA Courtauld Institute) is an independent lecturer, writer & exhibition curator, who has lectured on a part-time basis at NYU London since 2007. She also teaches for Birkbeck College, University of London. The other institutions for which she has worked include Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby's Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute; the journals to which she has contributed include RA Magazine, Art Monthly and Modern Painters. She curated After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art (1995) and co-curated Art in Exile in Great Britain 1933-1945 (1986), and Life? or Theatre? The Work of Charlotte Salomon (1998). Her many publications include Understanding Modern Art (1991),Chagall (1998), The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001) and The Art and Life of Josef Herman (2009). Her latest book, Art and the Second World War, was published in November 2013 by Lund Humphries in association with Princeton University Press.

Dorota Bourne works as a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Her expertise includes change management, international knowledge transfer, innovation and management development. In her past projects she worked in Total Quality Management in car manufacture, change management in the pharmaceutical sector, competency framework designand new business model development for the not-for-profit organizations.

Dr Nicky Busch is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research and teaching cover migration and migration policy, low-paid work in urban environments, transnational labour flows and the study of gendered and racialised work. She is currently working on a book about migrant domestic workers.

Peter Cave read philosophy at University College London and King's College Cambridge. He has held lectureships in philosophy at University College London, University of Khartoum, Sudan, and City University London; he has been attached for many years to the Open University – and, more recently, to New York University (London).

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Member of Population Matters, sits on the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and chairs the Humanist Philosophers of Great Britain – and is Patron of the British Humanist Association. He is also keen supporter of London’s Wigmore Hall and English National Opera.

Author of numerous philosophical papers, both serious and humorous, Peter’s particular interests are paradoxes, ethical matters and life and death dilemmas. He has given guest philosophy lectures at, for example, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bucharest and has edited collections and written articles for various publications. In previous decades, he was columnist on taxation and money myths for The Investor magazine.

Peter has scripted and presented BBC radio philosophy programmes – from a series on the Paradox Fair to more serious ones on John Stuart Mill. He often takes part in public debates on religion, ethics and socio-political matters.  

His philosophy books include This Sentence is False: an introduction to philosophical paradoxes and Humanism. He is author of the light trilogy, Can a Robot Be Human?, What’s Wrong with Eating People? and Do Llamas Fall in Love? each one of which is subtitled 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles. He also authored How to think like a bat – and 34 other really interesting uses of philosophy, reissued and revised as How to outwit Aristotle. In 2012 his Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide appeared; and 2015 saw his Ethics: A Beginner’s Guide – both introductions being highly recommended – ‘lucid, witty, erudite, and wise’, ‘with his signature sharp style’. As well as 2015 seeing publication of his book, Ethics, at the end of that year appeared his The Big Think Book: Discover Philosophy through 99 Perplexities.

Peter cannot resist writing grumpy, challenging or sceptical letters to newspapers, often published, often pointing out fallacies in the reasoning of political leaders, frequently critical of the current Zeitgeist. He has occasionally dabbled in life drawing, is keen on opera, lieder and string quartets, lives in dust and in Soho – and is often seen with a glass of wine…or two.

Dr Mary Conde holds degrees in English literature, the politics of rights and social anthropology from the Universities of Oxford and London. She is Senior Research Fellow in English at Queen Mary, University of London. Her most recent article(2015) was on Alice Munro, her most recent guest lecture (2015) was at the University of Bologna, and her most recent conference paper (2015), on Rudyard Kipling, was at the University of Angers.

Dr Richard Coulton joined NYU in London in 2009 as an instructor on the Writing cycle on the Liberal Studies Program. He teaches writing and research skills at Queen Mary, University of London, as well as courses in English Literature. Dr Coulton’s research is principally concerned with the literature and culture of the eighteenth century, and is particularly interested in sites and networks of knowledge and sociability in eighteenth-century London. He has recently published on science and satire in the eighteenth century, as well as on European discourses of the natural history of tea in the early-modern period. Current research includes a collaborative project on book-theft in eighteenth-century London, as well further work on the Anglo-Chinese tea-trade.

Dr. Andrew Crozier was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London, and The London School of Economics, where he completed his Ph.D. He was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University College of North Wales for 20 years when he returned to the University of London to teach Modern German History at Queen Mary and Westfield College. He also has an interest in the History of the European Union and in this respect was appointed Jean Monnet Chairholder in the History of Contemporary Europe. In this capacity he was on several occasions Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has published widely on the relationship between the European Union and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and has written a pioneering study of the history of the latter organization. His principal publications are Appeasement and Germany’s Last Bid for Colonies and The Causes of the Second World War, a pioneering study of the origins of the Second World War in both Europe and the Pacific. He is currently completing a biography of Neville Chamberlain and writing a study of post-war Europe.

Jennifer researches the political, economic, industrial, technological, and cultural history of clothing and textiles. Jennifer is a lecturer at New York University in London, where she teaches History of British Fashion. She has also taught BA, MSc, and MBA Fashion students at various institutions, including London College of Fashion, King’s College London, Coventry University, and Richmond University. Jennifer is a PhD candidate at King’s College London, where she is analyzing sailor uniforms and nautical fashion. Prior to starting her PhD studies, Jennifer worked for more than 20 years as an international management consultant with expertise in marketing and communications; she has a special interest in the business of fashion. Jennifer holds an MA in Art History from the Department of Dress History at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and an MA from King’s College. Jennifer is a professional milliner and holds a BA from The University of Texas at Austin. She is the Chairman of the Association of Dress Historians and is also an Assistant Editor on the peer-reviewed academic journal, British Journal for Military History.

I am a cognitive psychologist, and my main research interest is human visual selective attention. I use a range of selective attention paradigms to investigate to what extent the attention system of the human brain is capable of selective processing of to-be-attended information. I am specifically interested in the control of selective attention by frontal areas of the human brain, which I investigate using behavioural measures, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electro-encephalography (EEG). After studying at the University of Amsterdam and King’s College London, I received my PhD from the University of Essex, and was then a postdoctoral research fellow at University College London. Since 2002, I am a faculty member of the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr Edward Denison is an architectural historian, writer and photographer. He has worked for over fifteen years as an independent consultant and an academic specialising in architectural heritage in the UK, as well as sites in Africa and Asia. He studied architectural history at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) and his PhD was awarded a Commendation in the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis 2012. He is a Research Associate and teacher at the Bartlett and has published numerous publications including 30-Second London (2016); China and the Landscape of Multiple Modernities up to 1949 (Routledge, 2016); Ultra-Modernism – Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria (HKUP, 2016); Luke Him Sau: Architect - China's Missing Modern (Wiley, 2014); The Life of the British Home: An Architectural History (Wiley, 2012); 30-Second Architecture (Ivy Press, 2013); McMorran & Whitby (RIBA, 2009); Modernism in China - Architectural Visions and Revolutions (Wiley, 2008); Building Shanghai - The Story of China's Gateway (Wiley, 2006); Asmara - Africa's Secret Modernist City (Merrell, 2003).  

Janet Dickinson specializes in the history of early modern England and Europe, with particular interests in cultural and political history. Her first book, Court Politics and the Earl of Essex was published in 2011 by Pickering and Chatto and she has also contributed to a number of works on Elizabethan and early modern European history. Current projects include work on the Tudor nobility and the last years of Elizabeth I’s life as well as court history in general. She has held lectureships at a number of English universities and spends her summers teaching programmes for several American universities in association with the University of Oxford. She is currently Conference Secretary for the Society for Court Studies, which runs a seminar series at NYU in London.

Michael Douglas-Scott has lectured in the History of Art at Birbeck College, University of London, since obtaining his PhD there in 1996. His special field of interest is Venetian renaissance painting, a subject on which he has published articles and essays both in the United Kingdom and in Italy. He also teaches American undergraduates at Birkbeck College about British art and architecture c. 1600 - c. 1850 

Phillip Drummond studied at Saint John’s College, University of Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate student. He held an Open Scholarship in Modern Studies (English and French), won prizes for English at College and University levels, and founded the university’s largest arts society, the 2,000-member New Cinema Club of Oxford. He went on to become one of the pioneers of UK Film and Media Studies in the 1970s whilst teaching at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and chairing major initiatives at regional, national and international levels. He joined the Institute of Education, University of London, in 1979 to found the University of London’s first MA degree in Film and Television Studies – and only the country’s second – which he went on to run for nearly two decades. Since 2000 he has been active in US Film, Media and Cultural Studies in London, teaching as an Adjunct for NYUL, the USC Annenberg School, the University of California, and the University of North Carolina and acting as the local Academic Advisor, on behalf of ACCENT International, on the creation of the University of California London Programme. He is also the Director of Academic Conferences London Ltd, a new micro-company which has been responsible since 2011 for pioneering annual international conferences on London, Britain, and global Film and Media under the overall rubric THE LONDON SYMPOSIUM. See,, and for further information.

Ben East studied English at the University of Bristol, Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, and EFL/EAP teaching at International House, London. He has taught English in Spain (Valladolid and Castellò de la Plana), Australia (Adelaide and Perth) and various UK further and higher institutions. Most recently he has taught EAP courses at Coventry University and the University of Hertfordshire. Ben is also Academic Director of an annual summer school residential programme, run in conjunction with the Liceo Scientifico Carlo Livi, Prato, Italy. 

Dr. Stephanie Echols earned her doctorate degree from the University of Chicago in 2012 with a specialty in Social Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research uses a combination of neuroimaging (i.e., fMRI, EEG) and behavioral measures to explore how pain perception, empathy and helping behavior is different for in- and out-group members. She has previously taught Psychology at the University of Chicago and the University College of London, and was awarded the Starkey Duncan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for her work at the University of Chicago.


David Edelshain is Senior Lecturer in International Business at Cass Business School, City University, London. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Cambridge University in 1967 and was awarded an MBA from London Business School in 1969. He worked as a Financial Analyst and then Corporate Planner at Pye Telecom from 1969 to 1971 before becoming a director of a company in the retail ceramics and jewellery businesses in 1971. He completed a law degree and was called to the English bar in the 1970s. In 1977, Wedgwood Ltd acquired this business, and, he remained with the organisation until 1980 when he joined a private training and education company. He qualified as a management accountant in 1981. From 1982 to 1984 he worked as a management consultant in an accounting firm and in 1984 joined HM Treasury as a principal first in the Overseas Finance Division and then in the Central Computer & Telecommunications Agency. From 1986 to 1988 he worked in the executive education arm of Tel Aviv Business School in Israel before returning to London Business School in 1988 to work on his doctorate. In 1993 he became a full-time faculty member of City University Business School after teaching there part-time from 1989. From 1995 to 1998 he directed the Executive MBA Programme, then the General & Strategic Management and International Business streams of the Full-time MBA. He is currently Director of the Masters in European Business degree programme. He is married with a son and two daughters and lives in Mill Hill. He supports cricket as a member of the MCC and soccer as a lifelong Arsenal supporter. He was first invited to teach at NYU in London in Spring term 2001 and here has taught courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Management, International Financial Management and Managerial Accounting,

Miranda El-Rayess completed her doctorate at University College London. Her main research interests are nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture. She has published articles on Henry James, and her book, Henry James and the Culture of Consumption (Cambridge UP) will appear shortly. Currently Miranda is co-editing a volume of James's short stories for the forthcoming Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James. She teaches at Goldsmiths and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement.

Neil teaches university students and trains company managers and employees about Intercultural Communication, Media, Leadership and People Management. In addition to developing and running the Internship Seminar at NYUL he is Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School and Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. His most recent management role was in internal communications at Deutsche Bank in London and leading a team in Frankfurt. He has written and spoken at a range of conferences and seminars on journalism, business management and culture. His consultancy and training clients have ranged from Pearson and RBS to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and IMD, the international business school in Lausanne. Neil continues to keep his hand in as business journalist, editor and publisher, sings jazz and acts, and whenever possible enjoys wandering through and watching London’s ever-varying street scenes.

I am a political scientist working in the areas of African history and politics, state-society relations and international development. I use these frameworks to explore a number of related issues pertinent to the study of international relations and politics:

 Forms of knowledge production and maintenance in the area of International Development;

The relationship between modes of global governance and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa;

Post-colonial state formation in sub-Saharan Africa

African political thought, and the historical antecedents of contemporary discourses on Africa.

In terms of the first two of these interests, I have interrogated the power relations which construct a significant alter-globalisationist actor, the Global Call to Action against Poverty (, in order to understand its impact, actual and potential, on discourses and actors in IR. This research appeared in a book published in 2012. I am also co-editing a book with Dr Carl Death at the University of Manchester due out in 2014 on neoliberal governmentality and civil society in Africa. My other research interests are reflected in papers I have published and ongoing research projects, including a study of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their socio-cutural-spatial implications; a project exploring the discursive relationship between the MDGs and civil society organisations in East Africa (funded by the British Academy); and a historical (genealogical) study of Afro-optimism.

Emily Gee has worked at Historic England (formerly English Heritage) since 2001, and is Head of Designation, advising the government on the listing of buildings, sites and landscapes. Emily studied in the US (Smith College, BA; University of Virginia, MA Architectural History) and has a Diploma in Building Conservation from the Architectural Association in London. She has published on the history of purpose-built housing for working women in Victorian and Edwardian London, and regularly gives talks and writes about listing. Emily also leads Historic England’s activity on twentieth century architecture. Emily has taught at NYU in London since Spring 2011. Her 'Seeing London's Architecture' integrates study of a wide range of listed buildings and conservation issues.

Professor Georgellis is a Research Professor in HR&OB and Director of CRESS (Center for Research in Employment, Skills and Society). He is a Distinguished Associate of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) and ranked in the 5th percentile in the REPEC rankings. He has published widely in the areas of behavioral economics, personnel economics, and human resource management. His recent publications include articles in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Management, Psychological Science, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economica, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work is highly cited and it has attracted media coverage.

Tony Greener has worked in management, PR, communications and marketing since 1972 having been a board director of  Land Rover, BL Cars Europe, Dunlop Slazenger International, the Saudi Arabian National Guard Medical Service and Saatchi & Saatchi where he was Deputy Managing Director of the UK PR agency. 

He and his wife formed their own management training, marketing and communications business, Positive Images, in 1988 and they have since worked for a wide variety of clients in the UK and overseas.

Clients include BT, the Corporation of London, Nestle, Abbey National, Tower Bridge, Taylor Woodrow, Royal Bank of Scotland, the English Tourist Council, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a number of health services and local government bodies and the Institutes of Management in both Singapore and Malaysia. He is a Senior Lecturer at Brighton University Business School and a lecturer at New York University in London.

Tony is the author of The Secrets of Successful PR, published by Butterworth Heinemann in 1990, Internal Communications published by Blackhall in 2000 and Introduction to Business Management published by ICSA in 2008. 

Eve Grubin is the author of Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press) and The House of Our First Loving (Rack Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many literary journals and magazines including PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry International, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and Conjunctions, which featured her chapbook-size group of poems with an introduction by Fanny Howe. Her essays have appeared in various magazines and anthologies including, The Veil: Women Writers on Its History Lore and Politics (University of California Press, 2009) and Jean Valentine: This-World Company (U of Mich Press, 2012). She received her BA in English Literature from Smith College, her MA from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. A former Yaddo fellow, Eve was the Programs Director at the Poetry Society of America for five years and has taught at The New School University and in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at The City College of New York. She is the Poet in Residence at the London School of Jewish Studies, and she is a poetry tutor at The Poetry School. She won a scholarship from the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership and is writing a PhD (Kingston University) on “Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Reticence.”  

During a 30-year career with the BBC World Service radio, double award-winning journalist Teresa Guerreiro worked on all aspects of news production, as a writer, broadcaster, news/current affaris editor and documentary/feature maker. She also played a prominent role in training younger colleagues at the BBC. Originally from Portugal, she was London correspondent for the main Portuguese weekend newspaper, Expresso, in the 1980s and 1990s. She holds an MA in English Studies from the Classic University in Lisbon. Teresa has translated a number of English literary works into Portuguese. She now blogs as one half of

Rong Guo (Ph D) has taught Chinese language at NYU in London since 2012. Rong also teaches Chinese on a part-time basis at Imperial College London, University of Westminster, Kings College London and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). From 2005 to 2014 she taught Chinese in London Metropolitan University where she was the co-ordinator for Chinese courses. She has been a member of British Chinese Language Teaching Society since 2004. Her interest is to get students interested in learning Chinese and help them to learn Chinese more efficiently.

Stephen Hannah studied economics at Sussex and University College, London. Following a lectureship at the University of Keele - publishing research on macroeconomic theory and labour markets - Stephen joined HM Treasury during the turbulent 1980s to advise the UK Chancellor on monetary and exchange rate policy. He then moved to the City of London, in the wake of the UK financial sector's "Big Bang," enjoying a long career as Chief Economist and independent consultant, advising on financial market strategy to a wide variety of clients.

Stephen returned to the academic sector a few years ago, teaching postgraduate programmes in economics, quantitative methods and research techniques. At NYU London, he lectures on Intermediate Macroeconomics and Money & Banking. His research interests focus on macroeconomic models, financial markets and fiscal policy.

Dr Brian Hanson has been writing about architecture and design for nearly 40 years. His Architects and the ‘Building World’ from Chambers to Ruskin: constructing authority (Cambridge University Press, 2003, 2011) was nominated as a Book of the Year by The Architects’ Journal, saying it “goes right to the front of the pack” and “should lead to the revision of our understanding of later 19th-century architecture”. He has teaching experience in 10 countries, and for over 20 years advised HRH The Prince of Wales on architectural and urban matters.

Nigar Hashimzade is Professor of Economics at Durham University and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Her previous academic posts were at the University of Reading and University of Exeter. She earned her PhD in Economics from Cornell University in 2003. Her research articles in economic theory and econometric theory have been published in leading international journals. She regularly presents at the major international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Economics Association, the annual conferences of the Royal Economic Society, and the annual meetings of the Econometric Society.

Michael Hattaway is Professor Emeritus of English Literature in the University of Sheffield. He was born in New Zealand and studied in Wellington and at Cambridge. He also taught at the Universities of Wellington, Kent at Canterbury, British Columbia, and Massachusetts at Amherst. Author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre (1982), Hamlet: The Critics Debate (1987), and Renaissance and Reformations: An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature (2005); editor of As You Like It, and 1-3 Henry VI (New Cambridge Shakespeare), of plays by Ben Jonson and Francis Beaumont, and of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays (2002), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (1990 and 2003) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (1994). He has written an electronic book on King Richard II (2008) and edited a NewCompanion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture (2 vols, 2010). In 2010 he gave the 100th Annual Shakespeare Lecture for the British Academy.

Professor Hogan is a visiting Liberal Studies Professor from NYU New York. His bio page can be found here.

Courtney received her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis, and has been teaching writing and literature at the university level for ten years. She is a full time staff member at NYUL, teaching Writing and English courses while also working administratively as the Liberal Studies Coordinator. Courtney specialises in 20th and 21st Century literature, and her research focuses on mass collaborations - large groups of people writing narratives together. She has published essays on the author David Mitchell, collaborative Internet storytelling, and social media and memory.

Dr Hubbert is a senior lecturer in mathematics and mathematical finance at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of Essential Mathematics for Market Risk Management (Wiley Finance) and also a former practitioner in financial risk management at the Debt Management Office (a branch of HM-treasury). His major research interests lie in approximation theory and applications where he has published on a variety of themes.


Dr Stephen Inwood was born in 1947, and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he gained a D.Phil (Ph.D) in Modern History. He was a university lecturer in history for about thirty years, and then became an almost full-time writer, continuing to teach only at NYU in London. The four books he published (all with Macmillan) in those years are A History of London; The Man Who Knew Too Much (a biography of Robert Hooke); City of Cities (a study of London between 1883 and 1914); and Historic London: an Explorer’s Companion. He assisted Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, with his book, Johnson’s Life of London, and he was praised by the Mayor as the best historian of London. He is married to a head teacher, and has three sons.

Dolores Iorizzo has a joint appointment at Imperial College London in the Centre for the History of Science and the Department of Computing. She is Co-editor of Newton's Theological Manuscripts at the Newton Project and and is also Head of Unit for Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the London e-Science Centre ( Projects include creating open-source multimedia electronic editions in the history of science, philosophy and history, and cross-repository semantic interoperability for e-research in the humantities and sciences.  Her current project is 'Origins of the Calculus: Cultures of Science in Leibniz and Newton'. 

Jennifer's research offers a critical engagement with discourses of nationalism, security and democracy from the perspective of minorities and migrants. Jennifer is the author of two leading academic monographs, both of which have been translated into foreign languages (Turkish and Polish), and more than twenty articles and book chapters. Jennifer also regularly advises international and non-governmental organizations working in this policy area, including the OSCE's High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Council of Europe, the European Centre for Minority Issues (Germany), the Tom Lantos Institute (Hungary), and Minority Rights Group International (United Kingdom).


Dr. Ruchama Johnston-Bloom’s research focuses on intersections between modern Jewish and Islamic thought and culture, and on the complicated position of Jews vis-à-vis Orientalism. She recently received her PhD from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German-Jewish scholarship on the Qur’an and Islamic modernities. She is currently turning her dissertation into a book manuscript, as well as working on a new project focused on German and German-Jewish intellectuals in Egypt during the interwar period, and continuing to research and write about the groundbreaking work of the nineteenth-century German-Jewish Orientalist Gustav Weil. Recent publications include: “Symbiosis Relocated: The German-Jewish Orientalist Ilse Lichtenstadter in America,” Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 58 (2013). In 2011, Dr. Johnston-Bloom was a fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at Hebrew University. As a PhD candidate she taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Cambridge.

As well as teaching at NYU in London, Nesta is Director of Research at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, an affiliate of the University of Manchester, UK. Formerly, she was Reader in Theatre Arts and Head of Drama for many years at Goldsmiths University of London. She has published on JM Synge, Sean O’Casey and David Mamet (all Methuen) and Brian Friel (Faber & Faber), and acting and production processes in a number of theatre journals; organized projects for and with the British Council, the National Museum for the Performing Arts, Trinity College Dublin, the Council of Europe Cultural Networks, the European Commission, the European Cultural Foundation, Arts Council England, the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and London Weekend Television; has been a consultant/adviser to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wales, University of Surrey, Leeds Metropolitan University, the British Centre of the International Theatre Institute, International Women Playwrights, the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, the Pan Centre for Intercultural Arts, the Centre for Performance Research, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and University of the Arts London; and given papers at international conferences, directed theatre productions of English classics and revivals of modern European plays, and conducted acting, directing and playwriting workshops, at venues across Europe (east and west) and North America. Moreover, she has researched in the USA (mainly Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and New York) and was a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College, Vermont and Visiting Director for the Potomac Theatre Project. She is currently a Contributing Editor of New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) and the Artistic Director of NXT (New Cross Theatre), a company committed to promoting new writing for theatre. 

Professor Denis Judd is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, a PhD of London University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Professor Emeritus of History at London Metropolitan University. He has published over 25 books, including the biographies of Joseph Chamberlain, Prince Philip, George VI and Alison Uttley, historical and military subjects, stories for children and two novels. Some of his most recent books are the highly praised and best selling Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present, The Boer War and The Lion and the Tiger; the rise and fall of the British Raj. He has reviewed and written extensively in the national and international press and in journals, has written several programs for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and is an advisor to the BBC History Magazine. He is often interviewed for national and international television and radio.  Among his most recent books is his edited edition of the Diaries of Alison Uttley (2009). His books Empire:The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present, The Boer War and his biography of George VI have recently been reissued in revised paperback editions. His two novels, The Adventures of Long John Silver and Return to Treasure Island have been translated into several languages and are about to appear in Russian. 

Dr Kelly lectures on British Politics and works as a policy adviser in Westminster. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2000 and subsequently published his thesis under the title ‘The Myth of Mr. Butskell’. He has been published in academic journals and lectured at both British and American Universities. He has also advised political parties in Eastern European and Africa about policy development. 

Nathalie Khan is a cultural historian with an academic background in performance and film theory. She teaches fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. She is a unit leader on the Executive MBA at London College of Fashion and a guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, the University of Bologna and The Conde Nast School of Fashion and Design. Khan is a leading theorist and writer on contemporary fashion media and the impact of new technology on the traditional catwalk show and fashion photography. She is a regular contributor to the fashion media platform SHOWstudio. Recent curatorial practice includes a project titled I know simply that the sky will last longer than I, with the Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere during the 28th International Festival of Fashion and Photography (Hyeres, 2013). Before pursuing a career in academia she worked as a brand consultant for Kurt Geiger and as a sales and distribution manager for global brands such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Pollini and Prada.

Usman teaches Health and Society in a Global Context at NYU London.

Usman is Managing Director of Modus Europe a European Public Policy Consultancy and is Interim Director at the European Health Management Association.

Modus Europe provides strategic public policy advice and undertakes related economic and policy studies with a particular focus on health and social care.

Usman was previously Managing Director of Matrix (TMKG Ltd) and has over twenty years public policy and management experience. He has held Board Director positions in public, private and not for profit organisations and has experience of leading significant change management projects in a number of countries.

Core roles include strategy development, analysis, stakeholder engagement, business development and leadership.

Dr. Kirkham completed undergraduate degrees in english literature and psychology at the University of Toronto and went on to obtain a PhD in psychology from Cornell University in 2003. She worked as an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Stanford University until 2007 and currently works at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Dr Kovas is Professor of Genetics and Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and a visiting Professor at UCL, King’s, Tomsk and New York Universities. Professor Kovas is the Director of InLab - International Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Investigations into Individual Differences in Learning at Goldsmiths; the director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics at Tomsk State University; and co-director of the Russian-British Laboratory of Behavioural Genetics at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education. She is the Director of the Russian School Twin Registry (RSTR) and also leads the genetically-sensitive mathematics research in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) at the SGDP Centre, King’s College, London. Professor Kovas teaches Genetics and Psychology and supervises many BSc, MSc, PhD, and Post-graduate students’ research in the UK and abroad. She uses multiple approaches, including quantitative and molecular genetics, psychology, neuroscience and cross-cultural studies. The aim of this interdisciplinary research is to gain insights into complex processes through which genetic and environmental factors work together to influence learning.Better understanding of the origins of individual differences in learning abilities and disabilities will lead to the development of personalised educational methods and approaches that will benefit all learners.

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Educational Background
Yulia Kovas received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London. Her thesis on Generalist Genes and Mathematics explored the origins of the individual differences in school mathematics. She received a degree in Literature and Linguistics, as well as teaching qualifications, from the University of St Petersburg, Russia in 1996 and taught children of all ages for 6 years. She received a B.Sc in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2003 and an MSc in Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry from the SGDP Centre, King’s College. This eclectic – interdisciplinary and international - educational background has ultimately led to the formation of the InLab, conducting international, interdisciplinary research into the individual differences in learning, with particular focus on numerical ability and other STEM fields.


Leya Landau’s main research interests lie in the field of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writing and culture, and in the relationship between literature and the city. She has published articles on Romanticism and London, eighteenth-century opera and women poets of the period. She is currently writing a book on the female urban imagination in eighteenth-century literature. She has taught at both American and British universities, and most recently at University College London. 

Harkness Fellow, University of Washington 1967-68. Berwick Prize, London Math Soc 1973. Invited Speaker, International Congress of Mathematicians, Helsinki 1978. Professor of Mathematics, University College London, 1975 – present, Dean 1981-1984, Head of Department. 1991-2006. Renyi Prize, Hungarian Academy of Science 1988. Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science, Austrian Academy of Science 2006. Vice President, London Math Society (U.K.’s National Organization for Mathematics) 2006-present. Has published over one-hundred research articles in learned journals. Many invited lectures including NYU (Courant Institute) in 2007. 

Kate taught psychology at Royal Holloway (formerly Bedford College) for over thirty years, and has also taught in the University of Wales at Bangor, the City University, and Kings College London. She is currently Professor Emeritus at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Visiting Professor at NYU in London, Glydwr University, Wales, and Heythrop College, University of London.

Her research has focused on mental health in minority groups in the UK. She is interested in how religious factors can affect mental health. She has been involved in providing and evaluating culture-sensitive mental health services, and is involved in mental health charity and other community work. She has published several books including Religion, Culture and Mental Health, 2007, and co-edited Aspects of Terrorism and Martyrdom: Dying for Good, Dying for God, 2012. She is working on a 3rd edition of her popular textbook Introduction to Psychological Tests and Scales. She has published numerous articles, and edits the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture.

Recent invited and plenary lectures include lectures to the World Federation for Mental Health (Athens, 2009), the Royal College of Psychiatrists (London, 2009), the All North Wales Psychiatry Conference (St Asaph, 2010), the Sinai Scholars Conference, (Dartmouth College, 2010 and Philadelphia University, 2011), the Ethnic Health Initiative (London, 2012), the South London and Maudsley Trust (London 2012), the World Psychiatric Association (Tel Aviv 2012), the Ethnic Health Initiative (EHI) (London 2012), the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum (London 2013), The University of Gothenburg (Sweden, 2015).


Royce Mahawatte (DPhil. University of Oxford) is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins. Selected academic publications are the monograph George Eliot and the Gothic Novel (University of Wales Press, 2013), chapters in the collections Queering the Gothic (Manchester: Manchester University Press,
2009), Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion (Oxford: Berg 2008) and More Dirty Looks: Gender, Pornography and Power (2003). He has chapters forthcoming in Horror: A Literary History (British Library, 2016) and Fashion and Fiction (Intellect Books, 2016). His research interests are Victorian fiction and cultures of fashion and the

David Margolies taught in a number of British and American universities before settling into the English Department of Goldsmiths College, University of London, from which he is now retired Emeritus Professor, where he offered courses in Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare's theatre and popular culture. He is widely published internationally on Shakespeare, Elizabethan prose fiction and the development of Marxist criticism in the 1930s. His latest book is Shakespeare's Irrational Endings, published by Palgrave

John Mark M.A.(Hons) Cantab. M.Sc in Economics (London) is Senior Lecturer in Economics at King’s College, University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. His major publications include the 800 page volume on The Food Industries, Reviews of the Statistical Sources of the United Kingdom Vol XXVIII, Chapman and Hall, London, further work on statistical sources and recent papers on the semi-conductor industry. He read history at St. Catharine’s College Cambridge and did his postgraduate studies in economics at University College London and the London School of Economics. 

Matthew Mauger, BA (Warwick), MA (Queensland), PhD (London), researches extensively in the literature of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries; in particular, he focuses on how Enlightenment legal debate forms an important context for artistic production in the period. He completed a PhD entitled 'Prophetic Legislation: William Blake and the Visionary Poetry of the Law' in 2005, and has published an article about legal architecture in Blake's 1790s epic The Four Zoas. He has recently completed an article examining harassment of dissenters in the City of London in the mid-eighteenth century, and continues to work on the writing of legal theorists including William Blackstone, Joseph Priestley, and Jeremy Bentham. 

Emily Midorikawa studied history at University College London and creative writing (MA, prose fiction) at the University of East Anglia. In addition to teaching Writing I and II at NYU London, she is also based at City University London. Emily's forthcoming non-fiction book A Secret Sisterhood (co-authored with NYU writing tutor Emma Claire Sweeney) will be published by Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA in 2017. Emma and Emily run together - a website that celebrates the literary friendships of famous female authors. Emily's work has previously been published in, amongst others, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday, The Times, Aesthetica and Mslexia. She was the 2015 winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. In 2016, she was a recipient of an Arts Council award. To find out more about Emily’s writing and teaching work, visit


Professor Elizabeth Miller (OBE, BSc, MBBS, FFPH, FRCPath, FMed Sci, DSc) is a medical epidemiologist with a special interest in infectious diseases. She is a consultant in the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety Department of Public Health England ( and has a Visiting Professorship at Tel Aviv University School of Public Health and an honorary professorship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which is part of London University. She is also acts as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on vaccine related issues. Her research interests include clinical trials of new vaccines, post licensure vaccine safety studies, modeling and cost-effectiveness evaluation of public health interventions, the effect of viral infections in pregnancy, seroepidemiology, and evaluation of the correlates of protection and clinical effectiveness of vaccines as used in the field. Professor Miller’s has over 300 peer reviewed publications, including a number that relate to the recent swine influenza pandemic (see listing for Elizabeth Miller at “google scholar uk”).

I was initially interested in economics and finance. I had first a master degree in econometrics from La Sorbonne and a finance degree from the IEP in Paris. After six years as a risk analyst for a future and commodities broker at the city in London, I decided to change my career. I wanted to teach and I had a real love for philosophy. I did my PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics and I have been teaching there ever since I graduated. My fields of reasearch are primarily moral and political philosophy as well as philosophy of economics. 

Vincent-Wayne Mitchell is Professor of Consumer Marketing CASS Business School, City University London. He has done extensive research into marketing and consumer behaviour, with particular focus on consumer decision making, complaining behaviour and risk taking. He has won 8 Best Paper Awards and has published over 200 academic and practitioner papers in journals such as Journal of Business Research, British Journal of Management, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Consumer Affairs, International Journal of Advertising, Services Industries Journal, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, as well as numerous conference papers. He has worked with companies such as Coca Cola, Safeway, Tesco and the Cooperative Bank as well as completing a major study on consumer usage of quantity indicators for the DTI. He sits on the Editorial Boards of six international journals, is an Expert Adviser for the Office of Fair Trading and is Head of Marketing at CASS. Vince's new book Real People, Real Discussions won the Financial Times/Pearson Higher Education book of the Year in 2010:


Trino-Manuel Ñíguez is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Westminster, Westminster Business School, London. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics (1998) and a master in quantitative economics (1999) at the University of Alicante. He completed his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Alicante in 2004. He was a research fellow at the Bank of Spain in 2015 and has held visiting positions at the University of Alicante and New York University in London. Prior to joining the University of Westminster, Dr Ñíguez was a teaching assistant at the University of Alicante from 1999-2003 and a research scholar and graduate teaching assistant at the London School of Economics in 2003-2004. He also worked for the Spanish government as a professional clarinetist (1987 to 1991), obtaining a degree as a teacher of clarinet from the Superior Conservatory of Music "Oscar Espla" of Alicante in 1994.

His research interests are in the areas of econometric theory, financial econometrics, time series econometrics, optimal portfolio choice, and forecasting. He has published his work in Economics Letters, Finance Research Letters, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Forecasting, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Quantitative Finance, and Spanish Economic Review, among other journals. He currently studies: (1) the importance of higher-order statistical moments and risk attitudes in optimal portfolio choice, with applications to economic modelling and forecasting under high levels of uncertainty, and (2) multivariate semi-nonparametric densities as a feasibly parameterized way to represent conditional volatility and asymmetric correlation, skewness and heavy tails observed in asset return distributions.

Dr Dirk Nitzsche is a Senior Lecturer at Cass Business School (City University, London). He is also a visiting lecturer at New York University (in London) - Stern School since 2001 and has links with Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis. After completing his PhD in 1996 he worked in the economics department at the University of Newcastle before joining City University Business School in 1997 and the Management School at Imperial College in 1998. In 2004 Dirk rejoined Cass Business School (City University) where he is the course director for MSc Financial Mathematics and MSc Quantitative Finance. Dirk has written a number of articles in refereed journals and recently co-authored three textbooks in finance: Investments: Spot and Derivative Markets (2001, 2008), Financial Engineering: Derivatives and Risk Management (2001) and Quantitative Financial Economics (2nd edition) (2004). He has presented his work at international conferences in Europe, the US and Australia. His research interests includes the wider areas of asset pricing as well as fund management and portfolio theory.

Dirk's current research focuses on the perfomance of the mutual fund industry where he uses sophisticated statistical techniques in alalysing the industry. Key questions which are addressed here are persistence of fund performance, ability of market timing and whether the fund performance can be explained by luck or skill.

Mike Newman is an Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University, where he was previously the Course Leader for the BA Peace and Conflict Studies and Professor of Politics, and held a Jean Monnet Personal Chair in European Studies. His latest book is Six Authors in Search of Justice: Engaging with Political Transitions (Hurst and Oxford University Press [US], forthcoming 2016). He is also the author of Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions (Hurst and Columbia University Press, 2009), Socialism - A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2005), Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin 2002), Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union (Hurst, 1996), Harold Laski - A Political Biography (Macmillan, 1993), John Strachey (Manchester University Press, 1989), and Socialism and European Unity (Hurst, 1983). He is an adviser with the peacebuilding NGO, International Alert.

Munira E. Olia, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, whose areas of expertise include mental health in disadvantaged settings and complex emergencies, as well as cross-cultural, community-based care. She received her bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from Georgetown University; thereafter completing her adult and child & adolescent psychiatry residency training at Harvard and NYU respectively. She has traveled and studied children in diverse settings, both in the states and abroad; and subsequently directed mental health projects for international humanitarian organizations in the Philippines, Honduras, and Gaza, providing clinical care and academic instruction. She advocates for human rights and child protection, as well as holistic interventions that reduce trauma and bolster resilience, such as strengthening the family unit and providing early childhood development education.

Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal is Chair in Banking and Finance Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London. Also, a visiting Professor at New York University, Stern School of Business; ALBA Business School (Athens); Dauphine (Paris) and ECUPL (Shanghai). Prof. Olivares-Caminal is the module convener.


Benedict O’Looney M.Arch (Yale) is an architect and a lecturer at the Canterbury School of Architecture. He taught from 1994-2004 in the history and theory programme at the Architectural Association, and from 2004-2007 at the University of Kent. As a practitioner he has worked as a project architect at Alsop Architects and Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners contributing to their renovation of Paddington Station and the Bath Spa Project. The re-use of historic buildings is a particular focus of his work and that continues in his own practice Morris + O’Looney architects. Benedict is chair of Southwark’s Conservation Areas Advisory Group and the vice-president of the London Sketch Club. 

Dr. Deirdre Osborne is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts for Goldsmiths, University of London. Research and publications embrace late-Victorian literature (focusing on motherhood, maternity and colonial ideology), women and espionage in World War II France and contemporary Black British writing. She recently edited Hidden Gems (Oberon Books) and a Special Issue on Black British Women's Writing for Women: A Cultural Review. Other publications include essays and interviews with Kwame Kwei-Armah, Roy Williams, Lemn Sissay, debbie tucker green, Andrea Levy and SuAndi. Her next book is Critically Black: Contemporary Black British Dramatists and Theatre in the New Millennium (Manchester University Press). Dr. Osborne is currently editing the Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature 1945-2010 for Cambridge University Press, and will be giving a paper on Black British poetry and Landmark Poetics at the Amercian Association of Comparative Literature at New York University, New York in April 2014.

Dr. Mehrnoosh Ostovar obtained her PhD in organic chemisty from UCL, where she worked on “Novel Approaches to the Synthesis of Ether-Containing Natural Products, Acutiphycin and Zaragozic acid (A)” under supervision of Prof. Karl Hale and Prof. Charles Marson (2005-09).

In September 2009, she joined Prof. Varinder Aggarwal as a post.doc in the School of Chemistry at University of Bristol. In this period, she worked on two research projects: “Asymmetric Aziridinations Using Readily Available Chiral Sulfide Isothiocineole” and also “Palladium-Mediated Annulation of Vinyl Aziridines with Michael Acceptors, Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Substituted Pyrrolidines and Application to a Formal Synthesis of (–)-α-Kainic Acid”.

Since October 2012, Mehrnoosh has been working as a posdoctoral research officer for Prof. Stephen Husbands in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at University of Bath. The title of her project is “Discovery and development of new opioid ligands as relapse prevention agents for the treatment of opioid abuse and as analgesics with low abuse potential”


Julia Pascal is a London-based playwright and theatre director. She has worked as an actor, journalist and theatre director.

Her teaching is at NYU, London, St Lawrence, Study Abroad program. She has also taught at City University, Kingston University, the Universities of Bamberg and Heiedleberg and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her specialities are creative writing, creative non-fiction, the novel, drama, scriptwriting.

As a journalist she has worked for the BBC, The Guardian, The Times, The New Statesman, The Observer and The Financial Times.

Pascal was the first woman to direct at the National Theatre and has produced plays in London, New York and in continental Europe. Her major productions have included The Holocaust Trilogy,  The Yiddish Queen Lear, Woman In The Moon, The Dybbuk and works inspired by Jewish experience. She has also worked as an actor and journalist.

Awards have included a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and a Leverhulme Scholarship. She has been Writer in Residence at The Wiener Library and the University of York.

Her plays are published by Oberon Books, Faber and Samuel French (Inc). The last volume was published as Political Plays.

In 2014 her St Joan was performed at The Edinburgh Festival and toured London, Dublin and Europe in Spring 2015.

In August 2015 her Crossing Jerusalem was at The Park Theatre London and her play Old Newland was produced in the season Walking The Tightrope by Theatre Delicatessen.

Her BBC radio play Revelations in the series From Fact To Fiction was broadcast in June 2015.

As director of Pascal Theatre Company ( she has produced major site-specific works and educational outreach programs.

Member of British Actors Equity. The National Union of Journalists. The Society of Authors. The League of Professional Theatre Women.

Dr. Alan Powers studied History of Art at Cambridge and took his PhD there on Architectural Education in Britain 1880-1914. He has combined teaching (mainly at the University of Greenwich) with writing, exhibition curating, and voluntary conservation work with the Twentieth Century Society. This work has been on subjects relating to British art, architecture and design. Books include Britain in the series Modern Architectures in History, and Eric Ravilious, artist and designer, published in 2013. He began teaching for NYU in 2013.


Anthony Price is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has also taught at the University of York, the University of Oxford, and Brown University. He has enjoyed two research fellowships: one at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, another funded by the Leverhulme Foundation. He has published four books: three of these are published by Oxford University Press, one by Routledge; three are on Greek philosophy (largely Plato and Aristotle), one on practical reasoning and reasons for action.

Dr. Ribak has a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading. She published a book on inter-communal relations in Byzantine Palestina and papers on the architecture and art of religious structures in Byzantine Palestina. Her latest paper: ‘Archaeological Evidence from the Byzantine Holy Land on the Origins of the Iconoclastic Movement’ has recently been published in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association‏. She is currently interested in the relations between Jews and Christians in Medieval Britain. She teaches at the Open University and IES, London, as well as New York University London.

 I am interested in the way that someone's thoughts and behaviour are linked to those around them.  In my lab at University College London (, we use gaze, speech and motion tracking technology to investigate how perception and cognition are embedded in the social world. We present pictures, speech and movies to participants. They watch the displays, recall information, form opinions, talk to each other and play games. We explore how the identity, beliefs and simply the presence of other people can influence individuals’ cognitive and perceptual processing. Before coming to UCL, I was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, a graduate student at Cornell, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Stanford University, and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I was fleetingly on television as part of a BBC documentary, and recently received the Early Career Provost's Teaching Award at UCL, where I am senior lecturer.

Dr Mark Roberts is departmental Tutor and lecturer in the Mathematics Department at UCL. He currently teaches first year algebra and Galois Theory to undergraduates at UCL. Research interests are in abstract algebra, in particular non-commutative ring theory.

In addition to teaching on the Business and Political Economy (BPE) Program at the Stern School of Business, New York University, Dr. Jyoti Saraswati is Director of the Beyond the Developmental State Working Group for the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE). His research is primarily focused on the political economy of emerging markets in Asia, particularly as it pertains to capital formation in, and the emergence of transnational corporations from, India and China. He is author of Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and co-editor of Beyond the Developmental State: Industrial Policy into the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 2013) and publishes regularly in prominent academic journals and news outlets including China Report, Economic and Political Weekly, Third World Quarterly, Development Viewpoint, Queries and Open Democracy. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Saraswati worked across public and private sectors in both the UK and Japan, and continues to provide consultancy to a number of major international organisations and private corporations, including the European Commission and the World Bank. He is currently working with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on a project evaluating the prospects of industrial catch-up in several sectors across four major emerging economies. Dr. Saraswati has also taught at the Department of International Development, Oxford University, and the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently writing an international economics textbook centred on presenting a practical, rather than theoretical, guide to the structures of, and systems within, the global economy.

Hagai M. Segal is an academic, consultant and analyst, specialising in Middle Eastern affairs, geo-strategic issues, and modern terrorism/militancy. A United Nations Alliance of Civilizations recognised ‘Global Expert’, Hagai serves on the London First Security & Policing Advisory Board and the Executive Advisory Committee of the Global Risk Network. An analyst, consultant and advisor for numerous companies, private bodies, business groups, security agencies and politicians - advising them on these same issues - Hagai has taught and guest lectured at Universities across the globe. A regular guest on national + international television and radio stations/channels Hagai also writes for a number of newspapers and publications around the world. He is a recipient of the NYU in London Annual Teaching Award. You can find further information on his work on his website at

Hagai has additionally been commended for outstanding teaching evaluations on the Liberal Studies Program, by the Dean of Liberal Studies, Dean Schwarzbach.

Dr Jo Southern (MSc PhD MFPH) is a Clinical Scientist (Epidemiologist) based in the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety Department of Public Health England ( as Clinical Research Lead. She has two decades of experience in conducting large programmes clinical research funded by the UK Department of Health, in specific areas of interest including paediatric vaccines and infectious diseases.


Emma Claire Sweeney has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish.

As well as teaching at NYU-London, she also lectures at City University; co-runs – a website on female literary friendship; and publishes literary journalism in the likes of the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Times.

Inspired by her autistic sister, Emma's novel, Owl Song at Dawn, is the story of an eccentric spinster who spends her lifetime in Morecambe Bay, trying to unlock the secrets of her exuberant yet inexplicable twin (Legend Press, 2016).

A Secret Sisterhood – a non-fiction book on the hidden literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, which she is co-writing with her own friend and NYU-L colleague, Emily Midorikawa, will come out in 2017 with Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA.

Dr Eiko R. Thielemann is a Senior Lecturer in European Politics & Policy in the Department of Government and the European Institute of the London School of Economics. Since completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2000, he has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Southampton and LSE, as well as visiting posts at the Australian National University (ANU), the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Victoria. He has also worked as a consultant for the European Commission. His research focuses on EU- and comparative policy making in particular on issues such as: international co-operation (burden-sharing); asylum & immigration; multi-level governance, federalism, regionalism and devolution; redistribution, regional and state aid policy. He has been a guest-editor for the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of Refugee Studies and is currently completing a research monograph on 'Burden-Sharing: The International Politics of Unwanted Migration'. 

Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of the India Media Centre of the University of Westminster in London. His research interests include political economy of global communication; global news flow; media and mediated culture in India and among South Asian diaspora. He is the Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. Among his main publications are: Contra-Flow in Global News (1992); Electronic Empires - Global Media and Local Resistance (1998); International Communication - Continuity and Change, third edition (forthcoming); War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7 (2003) and Media on the Move - Global Flow and Contra-Flow (2006); News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (2007); Internationalizing Media Studies (2009),  Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (2012), and Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (2013).

Retired Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

BSc (Hons.) [Rhodes], MSc [Natal], PhD [Cantab.], FRSC.

Major research interests: Pyrrolylpolyene fungal pigments, carotenoids, spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry.

Most recent publication: R Keese, M P Braendle & T P Toube, Practical Organic Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2006. 

Basic education:- Tollington Grammar School London N10 - State & Drapers'Co. scholar at Queen Mary College, London University, B.Sc (1st)-1954, Ph.D 1957. Academic posts:-Yale University ( Fulbright Travel scholarship) Post-doctoral research fellowship 1957-59. Lecturer Birmingham Univ., 1960, Lecturer (1961 - 72) Reader (1972-1998), physical chemistry Queen Mary College-London University, Snr.Lecturer (physical chem.) Brunel University (1998-2000), Lecturer (organic chemistry) New York Univ. (London) (2000- present). Other appointments:- Internation Atomic Energy Agency "expert" Buenos Aires (1954) Athens (1967 & 1972). Associate Prof - Univ. of Hawai'i (1978). Research interests:- Radiochemistry, Electronic structure of molecules, X-ray spectroscopy. Book 'Orbitals & Symmetry' 1970 , reprint 1979. Over 210 articles in the scientific literature (+conference reports, book reviews etc). Research grants received from EPSRC, Royal Society, Univ. of London, European Commission (DG XII). 

Dr. Donald Verry is a Teaching Fellow at University College London, where he teaches economic principles, labour economics and public economics. His research and publication areas are labour economics, human capital and development economics. He has acted advisor and consulatant to international organisations the OCED, ILO and UNDP.

Dr Vizard CBE is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Practice. She assesses child defendants in criminal proceedings and children and families for family proceedings. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London and a Visiting Professor at New York University in London (NYUL).

Dr Vizard has worked for over 35 years with children and families where serious abuse and violence has occurred. In 1986 she set up a treatment service in the east end of London for convicted adult sex offenders. In 1988 she founded a service for children and young people who sexually abuse, in which she was clinical director for 25 years until her NHS retirement in 2014.

Dr Vizard has published extensively and has over 100 publications, mostly in the area of child abuse, notably child sexual abuse. She has researched into the origins of child maltreatment by adults and by other children and has taught extensively on child care and child abuse nationally and internationally.

Sophie von Stumm completed her PhD in Psychology in July 2010 at Goldsmiths University of London, to which she returned in September 2012 as a Lecturer after working at the Universities of Chichester and Edinburgh.

Sophie’s research explores the causes and consequences of individual differences in lifespan cognitive development, with a specific focus on the role of personality traits for intellectual growth and cognitive aging. Sophie has published in the top leading psychology journals, including Perspectives on Psychological Science and Psychological Bulletin, and her research has attracted funding from various bodies, including the ESRC and the Central Research Fund of the University of London.

Dr Rob Waters joined NYU in 2015 as an instructor on the Writing cycle for the Liberal Studies Program. He also lectures in English Studies, History and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and Queen Mary University of London. Dr Waters researches in black British culture and politics, postcolonial studies, and London history. He has published previously on James Baldwin’s postcolonial imaginaries, on race and racialisation through television in postwar Britain, and in the reconfiguration of black cultural production and criticism in Britain and the Caribbean in the late-twentieth century. He is currently completing a book exploring black radical imaginaries in Britain from the 1960s to the 1980s, to be published with the University of California Press.

Dr Lisa Weber has a PhD in Marine Sciences, in addition to a first class degree and an MSc equivalent in Physical Geography. Most recently she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Her entire education at University and subsequent jobs have revolved around environmental and marine issues. Her research is focused on the biogeochemical cycles of nutrients in marine ecosystem models, which is an important aspect of the global carbon cycle and climate change research.

Valerie Wells is research scientist whose research is focused on defining differences in the signalling pathways that operate in normal and cancer cells. The aim is to exploit the differences in the genetic makeup which can be targeted to selectively activate programmed cell death in cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. A novel cytokine, βGBP, has been identified and cloned and has been found to selectively induce apoptosis in cancer cells. Valeries Wells is currently investigating the molecular signalling pathways activated by βGBP leading to programmed cell death. 

Katharine Whitehead was born in Manchester and educated at the University of Sheffield where she completed an undergraduate degree in Physics and a doctorate in Experimental Solid State Physics. She then went on to work in Professor Donal Bradley’s Molecular Electronic Materials group at Imperial College, London specialising in Liquid Crystalline and Inorganic Semiconducting Polymers. 

Dr Philip Wirtz studied the history, languages and cultures of Europe and the Middle East in Frankfurt am Main, Bamberg and London. He is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of History at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Research interests are mainly within the early modern and modern history of the Middle East, especially the Ottoman Empire. He teaches several aspects of the history of the Middle East and convenes an MA course on late Ottoman history.


Matt Wolf is London theatre critic of The International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune) and London editor of the website; he is also theatre editor and a founding member of The Arts Desk website (, which started in September, 2009. For 13 years Matt was London theatre critic of Variety, and he spent over 20 years as the London-based arts and theatre writer for The Associated Press. A graduate of Yale, Matt moved to London in 1983, since which time he has written for most major newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Times and Sunday Times of London and The Evening Standard, The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. Matt is the author of two books, the most recent of which is Sam Mendes At the Donmar: Stepping Into Freedom. He has lectured frequently on many university programs in London and teaches regularly for Syracuse University in London and the University of California at Berkeley's summer abroad program, as well as NYU London.

Dr Philip Woods teaches ‘Cultures and Contexts: Contesting British National Identity’, and also ‘Britain and Slavery’ at NYU in London. Until recently he taught at Kingston University, London where he was Academic Advisor in the International Office. He studied History at the London School of Economics and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His doctorate, which was published, was on British-Indian politics after the First World War. His current research is on the British use of film propaganda in India, and the role of war correspondents in Burma during the Second World War. He has published in a number of academic journals including The Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, South Asia and Indian Horizons.

Dr Stan Zochowski is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL and has previously taught at Birkbeck.

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Jane Beckett

Dr. Jane Beckett teaches contemporary British art at NYU in London, on other programs at London University; at the University of East Anglia where she was Senior Lecturer in Art History. She completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on Dutch twentieth-century art and color theory and is completing a book on the cultural history of Amsterdam. She has published extensively on European and British modern and contemporary art, photography and film, most recently Henry Moore (2003) and in Difference and Excess (2004), written the catalogue on Art and Film (2005) for the British Film Institute and acted as a curator for exhibitions in the UK and the USA.

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