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Meet our Beacon Junior Research Fellows

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Dr Mobeen Hussain

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two Junior Research Fellows as part of the Beacon Programme. Dr Mobeen Hussain and Lyn Joanne-Victoire Kouadio will be joining the College in Michaelmas term.

Dr Mobeen Hussain, BA, MA (York), DPhil (Camb), has been appointed Beacon Junior Research Fellow in Postcolonial and Race Studies, commencing in October 2023. Dr Hussain is an early career historian of the British Empire focusing on race, gender, medicine, and the colonial legacies of consumption, material cultures, and economic exploitation. She joins Univ from Trinity College Dublin, where she was Trinity Colonial Legacies Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her doctoral thesis historicised colourism and practices of skin-lightening and examined how bodies were racialised in colonial South Asia which is the topic of her first in-preparation monograph.

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Lyn Joanne-Victoire Kouadio

Lyn Joanne-Victoire Kouadio, BA (KNUST), MPhil (Camb), has been appointed Beacon Junior Research Fellow in Postcolonial and Race Studies, commencing in October 2023. Dr Kouadio’s doctoral research, soon to be completed, interrogates the politics of transitional justice in African post-conflict contexts. Prior to commencing her postgraduate studies at Cambridge, she worked with the Private Partnerships unit at UNICEF (in Abidjan) on child protection issues related to the cocoa and the illegal mining sectors (in Côte d’Ivoire). Her research at Univ will examine colonial archives in broader repatriation and reparations debates in international politics.

The Univ Beacon Programme is a major initiative to drive participation and inclusion in education and research. It comprises ten new undergraduate bursaries, two new graduate studentships, and up to two new postdoctoral research fellowships, all targeted at students and researchers who come from backgrounds and communities, which are priorities for widening access at the University of Oxford. These include British students with Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage, members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, care-experienced students, asylum-seekers, and refugees.

Dr Andrew Bell, Senior Tutor, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome to Univ Mobeen Hussain and Lyn Kouadio, two exciting and innovative scholars whose work will go on to be extremely impactful in their fields. With the arrival of Mobeen and Lyn, the Univ Beacon Programme now has a full cohort of outstanding undergraduates, postgraduates, and postdoctoral researchers. We’re very proud to have all of the Beacon scholars in the Univ community, and we’re very excited to see what they will go on to achieve.”

You can find out more about the Beacon Programme.

Published: 1 September 2023

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