Monday 13 November 2023

Keble Welcomes Six New Fellows

We would like to welcome the following individuals, who joined the Fellowship in 2023. Each Fellow brings a wealth of expertise, contributing to the vibrant academic environment at the College.

Amy Bogaard

Chair of European Archaeology, GB Fellow

Professor Amy Bogaard specialises in European Archaeology, with a focus on early farming in Europe and Western Asia. Her research extends to the agroecology of early cities, exploring the implications of agricultural practices on wealth inequality and resilience. As the head of the Archaeobotany Laboratory group in the School of Archaeology, Bogaard employs diverse methods, including functional plant ecology and isotopic analysis, to gain insights into past farming systems. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2021, she continues to make significant contributions to our understanding of ancient agricultural landscapes.

Andrew Daley

Tutorial Fellow in Physics, GB Fellow

Professor Andrew Daley is a leading expert in Quantum Physics. His research spans quantum optics and many-body physics, with a focus on real-world applications of quantum technologies. Daley has played a pivotal role in the EU Quantum Technologies Flagship project and received recognition as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2021. His work bridges fundamental phenomena, and paves the way for advancements in quantum computing and simulation.

Conrad Steel

Robin Geffen Career Development Fellow in English

Dr Conrad Steel, a literary critic, delves into modern and contemporary writing from Britain, America, and France. His upcoming book, The Poetics of Scale: From Apollinaire to Big Data, explores how poetic form reflects complex systems in the 20th century. Engaged in various projects, including a cultural history of private poetry writing, and collaborations on literature and therapy, Steel brings a dynamic perspective to the study of English literature at Keble.

Ellen Paterson

CMRS Career Development Fellow in Early Modern History

Dr Ellen Paterson focuses on the political and economic history of 16th and 17th century England. Her research explores the intersection between politics and economics, particularly in the context of trading disputes articulated by London’s livery companies.  She has published articles focusing on the petitioning activity and political activism triggered by the crown’s use of patents of monopoly, and is currently preparing her first monograph on this subject.

Lucy Fortson

Visiting Fellow, Physics

Dr Lucy Fortson, Full Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota, is an observational astrophysicist. Dr Fortson studies large jets emanating from supermassive black holes using gamma-ray telescopes. A pioneer in citizen science through her role as founding member of the Zooniverse project (where over 2.5 million volunteers worldwide contribute though data analysis tasks), she collaborates with Oxford colleagues on combining human and AI strengths to create algorithms and address Big Data challenges. With over 200 peer-reviewed papers, Fortson brings a wealth of experience in high-energy physics and astrophysics to Keble, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

Tom Maltas

Career Development Fellow in European Archaeology

Dr Tom Maltas, a Career Development Fellow in European Archaeology, centres his research on prehistoric farming in the Mediterranean. His work explores the roles of agriculture in urbanization, wealth formation, and socio-political inequality. Building on his doctoral research, Maltas employs stable isotope analysis and ecological analysis to address longstanding debates about farming’s role in cultural developments across the Bronze Age Aegean. His return to Oxford follows a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Archaeology at the University of Vienna.