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Dr Adam Branch

Dr Adam Branch

Director of Studies

Dr Branch is a University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies.

His research has focused on African politics, in particular on questions of political violence, foreign intervention, and popular resistance, largely in East Africa. He is currently focussing on international law in Africa and beginning research around natural resource extraction, large infrastructure development, and militarization.

Dr Tamsin O'Connell

Dr Tamsin O'Connell

Director of Studies

Dr O'Connell is the Wellcome Trust University Award Holder in Bioarchaeology.

Her research focuses on the analysis of diet and nutrition in past and present human populations using isotopic techniques.

Dr Poornima Paidipaty

Dr Poornima Paidipaty

Fellow-Commoner

Dr Paidipaty is a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme.

Her work examines the intersections of decolonisation, governance and modern social science. Alongside this research, she is working on a book, Tribal Nation, exploring the history of anthropology in the subcontinent, and charting the relationship between military science, political culture and citizenship in India’s tribal borderlands.

Dr David Runciman

Professor David Runciman

Staff Fellow

Professor Runciman is a University Reader in Political Thought and was Leverhulme Major Research Fellow 2009–2012.

His research focuses on political theory, particularly ideas about the state and representation.

Dr Andrew Sanchez

Dr Andrew Sanchez

Staff Fellow

Dr Sanchez is a specialist on the anthropology of class, labour and corruption, and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in urban India among industrial workers, trade unionists and entrepreneurs.

He is the author of ‘Criminal Capital: Violence, Corruption and Class in Industrial India’ (Routledge 2015), which considers how experiences of dispossession relate to criminality in corporations and political institutions.

Andrew earned his PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he held teaching and research positions at the LSE, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of Kent.

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