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Famous Alumni

Politics and International Relations at Oxford has a long and distinguished history, which is reflected in the number of famous alumni from around the world who have studied here over the years.

Please email alumni@politics.ox.ac.uk if you feel we should add an individual to the list of notable alumni below.

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Riz Ahmed
PPE, 2003,

British Pakistani musician and actor.

Danny Alexander
PPE, 1971,

Former British Liberal Democrat politician.

Tariq Ali
PPE, 1961,

British-Pakistani political activist and journalist.

Rushanara Ali
PPE, 1993,

British Labour MP.

Zeinab Badawi
PPE, 1978,

BBC television and radio journalist.

Ed Balls
PPE, 1985,

Former British Labour politician.

Peter Beinart
MPhil, 1993,

US journalist and author.

Tony Benn
PPE, 1942,

British Labour politician.

Isaiah Berlin
PPE, 1928,

British social and political theorist.

Benazir Bhutto
PPE, 1973,

Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988-90 & 1993-1996).

William J. Burns
DPhil, 1978,

US diplomat.

David Cameron
PPE, 1985,

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016)

John Chipman
DPhil, 1980,

Director-General and Chief Executive of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Wesley Clark
PPE, 1966,

US Army General, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO (1997-2000).

Bill Clinton
, 1968,

President of the United States (1992-2000).

Yvette Cooper
PPE, 1987,

British Labour politician.

Edwina Currie
PPE, 1965,

British Conservative politician.

Evan Davis
PPE, 1981,

BBC journalist and presenter.

Christopher Dell
MPhil, 1978,

US diplomat.

David Dimbleby
PPE, 1958,

BBC television presenter.

Michele Flournoy
, 1983,

Former US Under Secretary of Defence for Policy.

Michael Foot
PPE, 1931,

Former British Labour party leader.

Malcolm Fraser
PPE, 1949,

Prime Minister of Australia (1975-1983).

Peter Galbraith
PPE, 1973,

US academic and diplomat.

Geoff Gallop
PPE, 1972,

Australian academic and Labour politician.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy
PPE, 1969,

Channel 4 television presenter and journalist.

Richard Haass
MSc, 1973,

US diplomat and President of the Council on Foreign Relations.

William Hague
PPE, 1979,

British Conservative politician and peer.

Robert Hawke
PPE, 1953,

Prime Minister of Australia (1983-91).

Edward Heath
PPE, 1935,Balliol College

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1970-74).

Christopher Hitchens
PPE, 1967,

British-American journalist and author.

Roy Jenkins
PPE, 1938,

British Labour and Social Democratic Party politician.

Elena Kagan
MPhil, 1981,Worcester College

US Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Imran Khan
PPE, 1972,

Prime Minister of Pakistan and former cricketer.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
PPE, 1956,

Prime Minister of Peru (2005-06).

John Kufuor
PPE, 1961,

President of the Republic of Ghana (2001-09)

Nigel Lawson
PPE, 1951,

Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative politician.

Farooq Leghari
PPE, 1961,

President of Pakistan (1993-97).

Rachel Maddow
DPhil, 1995,

US television host and political commentator.

Sujata Manohar
PPE, 1954,

Judge of the Supreme Court of India (1994-99).

Michael McFaul
DPhil, 1986,

US academic and diplomat.

David Miliband
PPE, 1984,

Former British Foreign Minister and Labour politican; current Chief Executive of the International Rescue Committee.

Ed Miliband
PPE, 1989,

British Labour politician and former party leader.

Nadar Mousavizadeh
MPhil, 1992,

Chief Exectuvie Officer of Oxford Analytica.

Rupert Murdoch
PPE, 1950,

Founder of the News Corporation.

Tony Newton
PPE, 1955,

British Conservative politician.

Nicholas Oppenheimer
PPE, 1964,

Chairman of the De Beers diamond mining company.

Brian Paddick
PPE, 1983,

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, London Metropolitian Police (1976-2007).

Robert Peston
PPE, 1979,

ITV television journalist.

James Purnell
PPE, 1988,

British broadcaster and former Labour politician.

Bob Rae
Other, 1969,

Canadian lawyer, author and former politician. Premier of Ontario (1990-1995), Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (2011-2013).

Susan Rice
, 1986,

US diplomat.

Aung San Suu Kyi
PPE, 1964,

Burmese activist and leader of the National League for Democracy.

Will Self
PPE, 1979,

British novelist and commentator.

Vikram Seth
PPE, 1971,

Indian poet and author.

Radoslaw Sikorski
PPE, 1983,

Polish MEP and journalist.

Matias Spektor
DPhil, 2007,

Brazalian academic, author and commentator.

Harald V of Norway
, 1960,

King of Norway.

Abhisit Vejjajiva
PPE, 1983,

Prime Minister of Thailand (2005-08).

Ann Widdecombe
PPE, 1969,

British Brexit Party MEP and former Conservative politician.

Shirley Williams
PPE, 1948,

British Liberal Democrat politician.

Harold Wilson
PPE, 1936,

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1964-70, 1974-76).

Mara Yamauchi
PPE, 1992,

British Olympic athlete.