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Jordana Blejmar

  • Alumni
  • Argentina
  • 2007 PhD Latin American Studies
  • Darwin College
Jordana Blejmar

Jordana Blejmar

  • Alumni
  • Argentina
  • 2007 PhD Latin American Studies
  • Darwin College

Originally a Literature student from the University of Buenos Aires, I finished an MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge with a Simón Bolívar Scholarship in June 2007. Focusing on guerrilla movements active during the 1970s in Argentina, I am interested in the way children of militants who disappeared during the 1976-1983 dictatorship use visual mediums to reflect on their parents’ political practices. My PhD will examine the links between Politics and Literature from 1969 to 1974. My concern over memory and militancy was fuelled during 2005 when I was invited by the Argentine Ministry of Education to participate in a team promoting discussion over these issues in schools and universities. After finishing my PhD I will continue to work for FLACSO and other institutions,

Jumana Esau

  • Scholar-elect
  • United States
  • 2020 MPhil English Studies
  • Emmanuel College
Jumana Esau

Jumana Esau

  • Scholar-elect
  • United States
  • 2020 MPhil English Studies
  • Emmanuel College

As a Palestinian-American dividing my time between Jordan and the United States, I have always struggled with living on the margins. However, fiction provided a sense of belonging and stability in my life, later influencing my study of English literature at UC Davis. During my time as an English major, I searched for Arab representation in the novels that I read. While taking a “Climate Fiction” course, I realized that my culture was not being represented in the climate narrative. The Jordan River is being siphoned off and I am watching my country gradually evaporate, yet there are no works of climate fiction that address these issues. As part of my undergraduate thesis, I examined how authors grapple with climate change while trying to represent marginalized communities. Through the MPhil in English Studies: Criticism and Culture, I hope to further engage with this interdisciplinary research, since climate change is intricately woven with colonialism. I believe that creating a dialogue between science and literature, while giving a platform to disenfranchised communities, is essential for tackling anthropogenic climate change.

Previous Education

University of California Davis English 2020

Pierre Far

  • Alumni
  • Jordan
  • 2001 PhD Genetics
  • Magdalene College
Pierre Far

Pierre Far

  • Alumni
  • Jordan
  • 2001 PhD Genetics
  • Magdalene College

Emily Rose Jordan

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2009 PhD Experimental Psychology
  • Corpus Christi College
Emily Rose Jordan

Emily Rose Jordan

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2009 PhD Experimental Psychology
  • Corpus Christi College

Gregory Jordan

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2007 PhD Molecular Biology
  • Darwin College
Gregory Jordan

Gregory Jordan

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2007 PhD Molecular Biology
  • Darwin College

I am interested in applying mathematical models to the study of genome evolution. Projects I've undertaken during my time in Cambridge have included visualizing the tree of life, simulating the evolution of genes and genomes, and using comparative genomics to pinpoint ecological differences between primates. Growing up, I developed a keen sense of awe for the workings of nature, whose products can be so beautifully simple in form yet so detailed in function. Now at the graduate level, in the face of immense scientific complexity, that feeling hasn't diminished; I hope it never will.

Jee Rubin

  • Scholar
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Education
  • Jesus College
Jee Rubin

Jee Rubin

  • Scholar
  • United States
  • 2018 PhD Education
  • Jesus College

Soon after I finished my undergraduate studies in classical music, my focus shifted from opera performance to education during times of conflict. In 2013, I completed a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship in Jordan, where I researched and implemented music education programming for displaced children and youth. In the three years that followed, I worked throughout the Middle East primarily as a consultant for government, UN and international organizations on projects to support youth education, gender equality and economic engagement. These experiences solidified my commitment to advancing outcomes for young people in the region, while also raising difficult questions about the potential for humanitarian efforts to unintentionally harm those they aim to help. This dilemma is at the heart of my doctoral research on education and conflict in Syria, which will examine how wartime politics both shape and are shaped by education and international aid. By addressing these fissures, my hope is that research of this kind will contribute to bringing about safer, more meaningful and just educational opportunities for young people affected by conflict in Syria and beyond.

Previous Education

University of Rochester
University of Cambridge

Bedra Sharif

  • Alumni
  • Iraq
  • 2001 PhD Genetics
  • Lucy Cavendish College
Bedra Sharif

Bedra Sharif

  • Alumni
  • Iraq
  • 2001 PhD Genetics
  • Lucy Cavendish College

Jordan Woods

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2010 PhD Criminology
  • King's College
Jordan Woods

Jordan Woods

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2010 PhD Criminology
  • King's College

I grew up in the snowy Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. At Cambridge, my PhD research will explore how the British police handle hate crimes, with an emphasis on hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. I intend on using my research to improve hate crime policing within North America and the European Union. In 2012-13, I will take a year off from Cambridge to brush up on my country-western dance moves in Texas and serve as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After graduate school, I hope to enter academia and be involved in making public policy on criminal sentencing, criminal procedure, and law enforcement related issues.