The Oxford History Graduate Network


The Oxford History Graduate Network is a graduate-created initiative in association with the History Faculty which aims to foster friendships and collaboration among graduate students at Oxford University. We organise social and academic events throughout the academic year, and provide a space where students can share their work, experiences, concerns and ideas. You can find out more about the role of each member of the OHGN committee below.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions. To contact the committee, please send us an email at For the most up-to-date news and events, check us out on our Facebook group and Twitter.


jose maria andres

President - Jose Maria Andres Porras

I am a second-year DPhil student working on ancestry and biological descent in Mediterranean urban communities, 1250-1400, with a special focus on Catalonia and Tuscany.

As president of the OHGN, I will be responsible for overseeing the work of the Graduate's Network as well as assisting the committee in the design and implementation of a program of social and academic events throughout the year.

In addition, I attend meetings with the Faculty and the Humanities Division, and I also head up the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (GJCC), a forum to support current graduates and provide student feedback to the History Faculty. Please feel free to contact me if you would ever like to get involved, have any suggestions regarding the work of the OHGN, or have any concerns that you'd like to raise with the Faculty. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Secretary - Alexander Peplow 

I'm a third-year DPhil student working on obedience in the fourteenth-century Holy Roman Empire and its relations with the Avignon Papacy.

As secretary, I’m responsible for organising the committee's administrative affairs, sending out OHGN emails to graduate students with upcoming news and events, and maintaining the OHGN's web presence on social media.


susannah bain

Academic Officer - Susannah Bain

I am a first-year DPhil student in medieval history, thinking about experiences and imaginings of connectedness and its interplay with politics in the later thirteenth-century Mediterranean (mainly Sicily).

As the OHGN Academic Officer, I organise academic events for the graduate community, including weekly Shut Up and Write sessions, research showcases, Work in Progress Seminars and panels relevant to graduate studies and their progression (for example, Transfer of Status). I also act as the liaison with the faculty regarding matters of teaching, academic progress, and supervision. I would be very happy to receive suggestions for events and I am always open to offer advice and guidance on any academic matters.


shelley castle

Social Officer - Shelley Castle

I’m a second year DPhil in the History of Science and Medicine researching the implications of First World War Chemical Warfare.

As Social Officer I organise and run the OHGN social and networking events. I look forward to seeing many of you there!


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Welfare Officer - Huw Jones

I'm a second-year DPhil student working on discourses of barbarism in central-medieval Latin Europe.

As Welfare Officer, I oversee the mentor scheme for new graduate students and organise a number of events throughout the year. Please feel free to get in touch with any welfare-related questions or problems - I'm always happy to help!


Library Officer - Vacant


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