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Meet the Oxford Faculty

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Classes at the Oxford Program are taught by faculty from Oxford University and surrounding academic institutions, the Center Director, and by one Stanford Faculty in Residence per quarter. These courses are taken in tandem with the required tutorial units.

Faculty in Residence

Each quarter, one Stanford professor serves as Faculty in Residence in each of the BOSP program locations. These faculty teach classes in their own disciplines, developing courses that incorporate unique features of the local culture and environment or that provide comparative perspectives on a particular topic. View a list of current and future faculty.

Local Faculty

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer is a Lecturer in Sociology at St Catherine’s College and an independent consultant to the public sector on personnel and equal opportunity issues. Her doctorate, which she received from the University of Warwick, was on the influence of race, class and gender on the lives of low-achieving pupils in the English educational system, and she is the author of Schooling Comprehensive Kids (1998). She is also an avid enthusiast for Blues music and is the director of the Blues Archive, documenting the lives of Blues musicians.

Emma Plaskitt

Emma Plaskitt is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, and Merton College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on female sexual reputation in the novels of Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, and Frances Burney. Having worked as an editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, where she was responsible for writing many articles on 18th-century women writers, she now focuses on teaching for a variety of Oxford colleges. Though a specialist on the literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century, her research interests include the Victorian novel - particularly the gothic novel and novel of sensation - and children's literature. She has given tutorials on many other aspects of English Literature to Stanford students over the last seven years.