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Academic Staff

The Moderators of Blackfriars Hall

Simon Francis Gaine OP - Regent

Simon Francis Gaine is the Regent (Head of House) of Blackfriars Hall. He is a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, for which he has taught mediaeval theology, including the theology of Aquinas.  He studied theology at Oxford before joining the Dominican Order, and completed his doctorate in modern Catholic theology. He is the author of Will There Be Free Will in Heaven? (2003) and Did the Saviour See the Father? (2015).

David Goodill - Vice-regent

fr David Goodill OP MA (Cantab), MPhil (Mancun), STL (Leuven) studied Philosophy in Cambridge and Manchester before entering the Dominican Order, and now maintains interests in Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology. 

Richard Finn OP - Tutor for Graduates and Secretary of Studies

Richard Finn is a member of the Theology Faculty and the Classics Faculty of Oxford University and lectures in Augustine and Church History. He is the author of Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire, published by Oxford University Press, and of 'Asceticism in the Greco-Roman World' published by Cambridge University Press.


Directors of Studies

Nicholas Waghorn - Director of Studies for Philosophy

Nicholas Waghorn is also tutor in Philosophy, as well as College Lecturer and Director of Studies, at St. Benet’s Hall. His research interests are The Meaning of Life, Ontology (especially Nothing), The Existence and Nature of God, Death, Metaphilosophy.

George Bitsakakis - Director of Studies for Economics

George Bitsikakis lectures and tutors at the undergraduate and the post-graduate level. Courses include micro and macroeconomics, public economics, economics of industry, optimisation theory, real analysis, calculus, statistics & probability theory, history of economic thought, philosophy & methodology of economics, environmental economics, and mathematical economics.

Clare Broome Saunders - Director of Studies for Visiting Students

Clare is also a member of Wolfson College and the Faculty of English, at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She works on nineteenth-century literature, and teaches and lectures on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in her field. Her research interests include nineteenth-century women's poetry, nineteenth-century uses of history, and nineteenth-century women travel writers in Europe, as reflected in her recent publications: Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism (Palgrave: 2009); Women, Travel Writing, and Truth (Routledge: 2014); and Louisa Stuart Costello: A 19th Century Literary Life (Palgrave: 2015).


Richard Conrad OP

Richard Conrad is a member of the Faculty of Theology, and also a part-time lecturer at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, where he has special responsibility for MA programmes. He is the author of “The Catholic Faith”.

Ian Logan

Ian Logan completed his doctorate at Leeds, and was a Research Associate at the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Sheffield. Since 2004 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, and is a member of the Philosophy Faculty. His research focuses on the writings of Anselm of Canterbury. He was co-editor (with Giles Gasper), of Saint Anselm of Canterbury and his Legacy, (2012), and Reading Anselm’s Proslogion: The History of Anselm’s Argument and its Significance Today (2009).

Stephen Priest

Stephen Priest is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Blackfriars Hall. He is a member of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Oxford and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford and Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He is the author of The British Empiricists (2007), Theories of the Mind (1991), Merleau-Ponty (2003) and The Subject in Question (2000). He is editor of Hegel's Critique of Kant (1987), Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings (2001) and co-editor (with Antony Flew) of A Dictionary of Philosophy (2002). He has also authored a number of ebooks. Stephen Priest has lectured widely in universities in Britain, the United States and Europe and his writing has been translated into Spanish, Russian, Macedonian, Dutch, Japanese and Korean. 

Richard Ounsworth OP

Richard J Ounsworth teaches scripture at Blackfriars Hall. He studied history at Royal Holloway, London, and theology at Oxford. His book, Joshua Typology in the New Testament, the fruit of his doctoral research, was published in 2012.

Michael Black

After a career in business with McKinsey & Company, Coopers & Lybrand Europe and the American Stock Exchange International, Michael returned to Oxford to complete his doctorate in the moral theology of corporate life. He also holds an MBA in theoretical finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania at which he was departmental vice-chairman under Russell Ackoff. Michael has previously taught corporate finance and strategy in various MBA and university executive programmes in The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. He currently lectures and tutors on the ethics of the corporation, and is Librarian at Blackfriars Hall.

Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is Senior Research Fellow, at Blackfriars Hall, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was previously Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck and Boston. His impressive publication list includes 'Art and Imagination', 'The Aesthetics of Architecture', 'A Short History of Modern Philosophy', 'Kant: A Very Short Introduction', 'Modern Philosophy', 'Animal Rights and Wrongs', and 'Beauty', many of which have been translated into several languages. He is also a well known writer and commentator. 

Peter Hunter OP

Peter Hunter is lecturer and tutor in philosophy at Blackfriars Hall. He studied mathematics in Cambridge, and philosophy and theology at Oxford, before obtaining a doctrorate in philosophy from King's College, London. His current interests include the relationship between science and religion.

Robert Ombres OP

Robert Ombres has been a member of the Theology Faculty at Oxford University, and taught for the LL.M. in canon law at Cardiff University, the M.A. in canon law at Heythrop College, London, and teaches in the faculty of canon law of the Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome. He is currently Raymond of Penafort Fellow of Canon Law.

Michael Ward

Michael Ward is a Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and an Associate Member, Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford. His main research interest is in the thought of C.S. Lewis. His published works include Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (2008), The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens (2010). He has also edited Heresies and How to Avoid Them (with Ben Quash) and The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (edited with Robert MacSwain).

David Sanders OP

David Sanders was for many years a member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University. He is a lecturer in Scripture at Blackfriars Studium. His interests include adult education, liberation theology, and religious formation.

Timothy Radcliffe OP

Timothy Radcliffe was global Master of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in which role he travelled to every continent, founded Dominican Volunteers International and played a key role in helping to establish the Franciscan-Dominican representative offices at the UN. Educated at the Sorbonne and Oxford, Timothy is our founding global patron. His books include Call You Friends (2003) and What Is The Point Of Being A Christian? (2005).

William Carroll

William E. Carroll is a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion of the University of Oxford. He is the author of Creation and Science; Galileo:Science and FaithLa Creación y las Ciencias Naturales: Actualidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino; and co-author with Steven Baldner of Aquinas on Creation. He is interested in the reception of Aristotelian science in mediaeval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and the development of the doctrine of creation ex nihilo -- and the appropriation of mediaeval discussions of creation and the natural sciences to contemporary science.

Santha Bhattacharji

Dr Santha Bhattacharji took a degree in English at Somerville College, Oxford and spent six years living in an Anglican community of nuns before taking a PhD at  Bristol.   She is a member of the University's English Faculty, and specializes in Old and Middle English, as well as lecturing on aspects of Christian spirituality.  

Santha is  Senior Tutor at St Benet's Hall, and is a Fellow by Special Election at Blackfriars Hall.

Peter Hampson

Peter Hampson, formerly Professor of Psychology at the University of the West of England in Bristol, is a regular visitor to Blackfriars. His scholarly interests are theology-psychology dialogue; Thomist anthropology and moral psychology; religion, theology and interdisciplinarity in contemporary higher education. Current collaborations with theology and psychology colleagues in Bristol, Oxford and Virginia Commonwealth Universities include an overview of theology’s interdisciplinary relationships, and an empirical and conceptual study of moral behaviour which combines an existential model with an integrated approach to character inspired by Aquinas.

Peter Róna

Peter Róna was born in Hungary, moved to America in 1956, and obtained an Honours degree from the University of Pennsylvania berfore further studies with a First Class Honours degree at University College, Oxford. After a distinguished career in America, where he became the President of Schroders, he returned to Hungary and served as the CEO of the First Hungary Fund, from which he retired in 2003. Between 2003 and 2010 he taught at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. In 2010 he was appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Hungary.

John Saward

John Saward is a Senior Research Fellow of Blackfriars Hall. He was formerly Professor of the International Theological Institute at Gaming, Austria, and Aquinas Fellow at the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Mysteries of March, The Beauty of Holiness and Holiness of Beauty, and The Way of the Lamb. He is a consulting editor of Communio and La Nuova Europa.

Juliette Day

Juliette Day is a Senior Research Fellow in Christian Liturgy at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. She researches and publishes on early baptismal liturgies (The Baptismal Liturgy of Jerusalem: 4th and 5th Century Evidence in Jerusalem, Egypt and Syria, 2007; Proclus on Initiation in Constantinople, 2005), and on methodology in liturgical studies. She is editor of Anaphora, the journal of the Society for Liturgical Study, and is currently chair of the Society. Her research investigates the potential of literary theory for the interpretation of liturgical texts.

David Albert Jones

David Albert Jones was appointed Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in July 2010, and is a Research Fellow in Bioethics at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. He read Natural Sciences and Philosophy at Cambridge, and Theology at Oxford. He became Director of the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics in 2001, and was subsequently appointed Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, where he remains a Visiting Professor. His doctorate was published in 2007 as Approaching the End. His previous book, The Soul of the Embryo, was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize 2007.

Ian Ker

Ian Ker is one of the leading experts on the life and works of John Henry Newman. His publications include Newman, Councils and Vatican II in Newman and Faith, 2004, Mere Catholicism, 2006 and G. K. Chesterton: A Biography, 2011. He was also co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Newman, 2009, contributing the chapter The Church as Communion.

Michael Oborne

Michael Oborne is a member of the Las Casas Institute's Advisory Board.  During his career, he has taught in universities in the United States, France and Italy. For thirty-one years he worked in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, where from 2001 he was Director of Strategic Foresight in the Office of the Secretary General and  Director of OECD's Global Science Forum. He studied at the University of California at Berkeley, from which he holds a PhD, the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes, and the University of Paris IX, as well as Cambridge University.


Guy Nicholls

Guy Nicholls is a priest of the Birmingham Oratory, a Lecturer at the Maryvale Higher Institute of Religious Sciences, and Director of the Blessed John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music. He gained his first degree in Classics from Cambridge University and holds a Licence in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. His publications include 'Newman and Education' with Professor James Arthur in 2007 and he is currently studying for a doctorate at Oxford on Newman and Beauty.

Margaret Atkins

Sr Margaret Atkins is a Canoness of St Augustine in the community at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in Theology at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds. She has translated Cicero, St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas, and has particular interests in virtue ethics, in the ethics of healthcare and of the environment, and in St Augustine.

David Robertson

After teaching for ten years at the University of Essex, Professor Robertson came to Oxford to lecture in teach Comparative and European Politics, and to give tutorials in political sociology and theory.  He has published books and articles on NATO strategy, constitutional courts and human rights and retains an interest in politics and religion/the sociology of religion.

John Battle

John Battle became MP for Leeds West in 1986 and served as Minister of State at the DTI and the FCO; he also served on the International Development Committee and was former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s envoy to faith communities until 2010.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Las Casas Institute. 

Cherry Hutton

Cherry Hutton is an Ecclesiastical Historian and tutors Christian Life and Thought in Europe 1789-1921. Her research interests focus on Roman Catholicism in England during the 19th- and early 20th-centuries, with particular emphasis on Catholic social theology and the interaction between religious and secular ideas. In a previous academic life she was an economist.  Dr Hutton is the Hall's Tutor for Women. 

John Loughlin

Prof John Loughlin is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, where he directed the Von Hügel Institute until his retirement in September 2015. He was also a Senior Fellow of the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge. He is Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University, where he held the Chair of Politics (1994-2010). He has held the Université Libre de Bruxelles Ganshof van der Meersch Chair (which promotes collaboration between the ULB and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) in 2013-14. He has held Visiting Professorships and Fellowships in Oxford, Paris, Florence ,Princeton, and other European universities.

Martin Ganeri

Fr Martin Ganeri OP is Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Dominican Order, having joined the Order after taking a BA in Classics and Oriental Studies and an MPhil in Indian Archaeology at Cambridge.  Later he gained a DPhil at Oxford, and now teaches at Blackfriars and at Heythrop College, London.   He specialises in World Religions and is the author of Hindu Thought and Western Theism: The Vedanta of Ramanuja. 

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