Oxford Spring School Tutors
Below you will find profiles for the six tutors that are teaching the 2018 Spring School Course:
Dr Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos (DPhil Notre Dame, 2012)
Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos is Associate Professor in the Qualitative Study of Comparative Political Institutions in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College. His research focuses on the determinants of judicial behaviour in cases of state repression.
In particular, he studies how the diffusion of international legal ideas by local activists changes the way judges and prosecutors in Latin America perceive these cases and the legal viability of ruling against impunity. His book “Shifting Legal Visions: Judicial Change and Human Rights Trials in Latin America” was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press, and has won best book awards from the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Latin American Studies Association. His work on this and other topics has also appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and The International Journal of Human Rights. Ezequiel is one of the Spring School’s co-directors.
Dr Andrea Ruggeri (DPhil Essex, 2011)
Andrea Ruggeri is Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Brasenose College. He was previously Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, from 2010 until 2014.
His current research is on civil wars and peacekeeping, and his broader research interests include quantitative studies of collective political violence, state development, and comparative politics in Africa and Middle East. His recent work has appeared in various journals and edited volumes, including International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Political Geography, and Political Science Research and Methods. He is a member of the Peacekeeping Working group organised by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden), an active member of the Network of European Peace Scientists and a Research Fellow of the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation, University of Essex. Andrea is one the Spring School’s co-directors.
Dr Jessica Di Salvatore (DPhil Amsterdam, 2016)
Jessica Di Salvatore is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and Associate Member of Nuffield College. Her research makes extensive use of georeferenced data to study subnational conflict dynamics, political and criminal violence, and the effectiveness and side-effects of peacekeeping operations.
Dr Annette Idler (DPhil Oxford, 2014)
At the University of Oxford, Annette Idler is the Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College. Her research focuses on the interface of conflict, security, transnational organised crime, and governance; she is particularly interested in the role of diverse types of violent non-state groups in the world's changing security landscape.
She has conducted extensive fieldwork in war-torn and crisis-affected border regions of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
Dr Spyros Kosmidis (DPhil Essex, 2011)
Spyros Kosmidis is a Departmental Lecturer in the Department of Politics and IR at Oxford. His research interests include electoral accountability, representation, social prejudice, political rhetoric, social media incivility and election campaigns.
His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, West European Politics and Party Politics.
Dr Andreas Murr (DPhil Essex, 2013)
Dr Murr is Assistant Professor in Quantitative Political Science at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and Associate Member of Nuffield College. He is co-convenor of the Political Methodology Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association.
His research focuses on electoral behaviour, in particular on election forecasting. Part of this work has been published in Electoral Studies, International Journal of Forecasting, Political Analysis, and Research & Politics.