Nikolas Kirby is the Director of the Building Integrity Program within the Blavatnik School of Government. He is also a Research Fellow and Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy and Public Policy at the School. At the end of this academic year, Nikolas will take up a three year Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust.
He was educated at the University of Sydney (BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)) and the University of Oxford (BPhil, DPhil), as a Rhodes Scholar.
Jonathan Wolff is the Blavatnik Chair in Public Policy in association with Wolfson College. He was formerly Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCL.
He is a political philosopher who works on questions of equality, disadvantage and social justice. He has been a member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, the Academy of Medical Science working party on Drug Futures, the Gambling Review Body and the Homicide Review Group. He is an external member of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association, and a Trustee of the Responsible Gambling Trust, for whom he chairs their research committee. He writes a monthly column on higher education for the Guardian.
Jody LaPorte is the Gonticas Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Lincoln College. She previously was a Departmental Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research investigates the dynamics of politics and policymaking in non-democratic regimes, with a regional focus on post-Soviet Eurasia.
Jody graduated from Yale University (BA in Russian and East European Studies) and the University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD in Political Science). Prior to joining the School, she taught as a Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Government in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford.
Anna is a postdoctoral researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research looks at the impact of transparency and other anti-corruption measures, with a focus on women’s involvement and success in local politics in Brazil. Anna also teaches seminars on the School’s Politics of Public Policy course, and statistics in the University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, where she previously studied for an MPhil in Comparative Government and DPhil in Politics.
Anna has worked as a journalist for Nature, The Economist and The Guardian. She received a BA and MA in Natural Sciences (Zoology and Genetics) from the University of Cambridge.
Tom is an MPhil student at the Department of Politics and International Relations in Comparative Government, and a member of St Anne’s College. His research interests are predominantly centred around money, ideology and direct democracy within representative systems. His current research compares the ideology of donors across state-level ballot initiative and candidate races in the United States to better understand when citizens turn to the ballot box to legislate directly.
Tom received his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford.
Lucinda is an MPhil student and a Clarendon Scholar in the Department of Politics and International Relations and is a member of Lady Margaret Hall. Her previous research focused on international relations theory and Russian foreign policy, as well as EU tax policy. Lucinda’s current research focuses on the development of the international taxation regime, with a particular emphasis on multilateral endeavours to curb tax avoidance and tax evasion.
Lucinda received her BA (with Honours) in Politics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.