Junior Research Fellows

Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) are designed for people who are beginning their research career, having just finished their PhD.  Appointments are fixed at three years.   The College generally appoints two JRFs a year starting from the 1st of October. Please see the vacancies page for more information about applying.

Current Queens' Junior Research Fellows are:

Research interests
Dr Claudia Herresthal Junior Research Fellow Economics Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, Further information on personal website: www.cherresthal.com
Dr Freya Jephcott Junior Research Fellow Medicine My research interests lie in outbreak surveillance and response systems, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how outbreaks of uncertain aetiology are managed. My research sits at the intersection of medical anthropology and applied epidemiology as I apply ethnographic methods to better understand the beliefs and practices of public health professionals and how they influence the efficiency outbreak responses.
Mr Stephen Kissler Junior Research Fellow I develop mathematical models to study the spread of infectious disease. Recently, I have focused on characterising the geographic transmission of the 2009 A/H1N1pdm influenza pandemic in the United States. I am also involved in an ongoing citizen science project with the BBC to study the movement patterns of individuals in the UK, which has direct relevance for developing more accurate models for disease transmission.
Dr Camilla Penney Junior Research Fellow Natural Sciences I am interested in understanding how the Earth's continents move and change shape through time. My work ranges from using fluid dynamics to model how mountains are affected by gravity to thinking about how to prevent earthquake and tsunamis from becoming natural disasters. I am particularly interested in areas with rare, large earthquakes where populations may be vulnerable because the narrative of how to build for and respond to earthquakes has been lost. Many of these regions, such as Kashmir, Assam and the Balochistan, are poorly instrumented, so understanding how they move and the associated earthquake hazard involves bringing together data and techniques from different geological disciplines, from seismology to stable isotopes.
Dr Charlotte Rachael Proudman Junior Research Fellow Law My main research interest is gender equality under the law. While the law is intended to promote equality, laws that regulate women’s lives and bodies can become a mechanism for discrimination. I focus on how the law seeks to regulate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Western nations. In particular, I apply a socio-legal analysis to explore why FGM continues to be performed when it is a criminal offence; why there have been few prosecutions for the practice in Western jurisdictions; and the impact of high-profile cases upon FGM-performing communities’ attitudes towards the practice and the criminal justice system. Empirical research is qualitative, interviewing stakeholders responsible for designing and enforcing the law and women from FGM-performing communities. The aim of my research is to contribute to the lacuna in the literature and to have an impact upon policy thereby helping to better safeguard those at risk. My interest in FGM stems from my role as a human rights barrister representing women and girls at risk of FGM and I have advised the government on legislative changes.
Dr Sophie Seita Junior Research Fellow My research focuses on Anglophone avant-garde poetry and poetics, literary communities, print culture, periodical studies, and, most recently, experiments with autobiography as a mode (rather than genre) from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. I’m currently working on a monograph tentatively called 'Provisional Avant-Gardes: Little Magazine Communities from Letterpress to Digital'—a diachronic study of provisional avant-garde communities through the medium of the ‘little magazine’, offering a way to rethink received views of avant-garde “movements” and their respective historical, social, and aesthetic boundaries. I’m particularly interested in aspects of a magazine’s production (including print technology and materiality), reception, and distribution, as well as wider theoretical questions about hospitality, feminism, and canonicity, and what it means to be ‘avant-garde’ today. My second project on experimental autobiographies will continue my investigations into innovative writing, genre, gender, and the politics and materialities of historical and new media. I am also a poet, playwright, and translator www.sophieseita.com.