PPE at Hertford College

PPE Academic Staff at Hertford College

Currently PPE at Hertford College involves four tutorial fellows and four lecturers, who are listed below by subject:



Peter Millican is Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Professor of Philosophy; he is also Hertford College PPE Coordinator, and so has a pastoral role throughout your three years, whether you continue with Philosophy or not. His main research interests are in Epistemology and its history (especially David Hume), Philosophy of Logic and Language, and Philosophy of Religion. To the first years, Peter teaches General Philosophy, and he also gives the central Oxford University lectures in General Philosophy (recordings of which from 2009 can be found on YouTube and iTunesU). To the upper years he teaches Early Modern Philosophy, Logic and Language, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion. Before coming to Hertford in 2005, Peter spent 20 years lecturing Computer Science and Philosophy at Leeds University, and he developed the new Oxford joint degree.

Peter Millican

  Most of Peter's recent research has focused on David Hume and related philosophical issues; see www.davidhume.org for more. To hear Peter discussing David Hume's significance for our understanding of the world, listen to this Recorded interview for Philosophy Bites.


Cressida Gaukroger

Cressida Gaukroger teaches John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism to most of the first years (all PPE and PML), and also tutors Ethics and Early Modern Philosophy in the upper years. In addition, she has a strong interest in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, in which she completed her doctorate in 2014 (arguing for conceptual internalism, against the current fashion). Ethics and Philosophy of Mind are linked in recent work where she argues for the fundamental importance of empathy in moral evaluation. Before coming to Hertford in 2016, Cressida was at Sydney, Cambridge, and CUNY Graduate Centre.


In September 2017, Hertford College will be appointing a second Lecturer in Philosophy, who should be in post throughout the academic year 2017-18 (to replace Dr Patrick Butlin, who was appointed over the summer to a more senior post elsewhere). Watch this space!

New Lecturer



Radoslaw Zubek is Fellow in Politics, whose main research interests include the comparative study of executives and parliaments in Europe, Europeanization of domestic political institutions and national compliance with EU law. He is author of Core Executive and Europeanization in Central Europe (published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008) and has published in the Journal of European Public Policy, West European Politics, Journal of Legislative Studies, and in various edited volumes. He has also worked as a consultant to private and public organizations including Ernst & Young, OECD-SIGMA and the Office of the Polish Human Rights Commissioner. Radek teaches Analysis of Democratic Institutions to PPE first years, and upper-year courses with a focus on Europe and institutions (e.g. Comparative Government). Before joining Hertford College in 2009, Radoslaw worked at the London School of Economics and the University of Potsdam in Germany. Between 2004 and 2007, he was Research Director at Ernst & Young in Warsaw, Poland.

Radek Zubek


Blake Ewing

Blake Ewing is Lecturer in Political Theory, teaching Theorising the Democratic State to PPE first years. For upper-years he teaches Theory of Politics, Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau, and Political Thought: Bentham to Weber. Blake's research concerns the theoretical study of the contingent practice of politics; in particular, how different conceptions of time in political thinking and discourse – e.g. how historical narratives, relating the present to the past and future, and the negotiation of contingency – influence political action. Methodologically, his research lies at the intersection between political theory, the study of political ideologies and conceptual history, and focuses on developing ways of analysing how political language relates to and mediates temporal experience. Before coming to Oxford, Blake worked at the World Bank and as a journalist, writing mainly for The Economist



Elizabeth Baldwin is Fellow in Economics at Hertford and Associate Professor in the Economics Department. Elizabeth's research on consumer preferences for indivisible goods introduces "tropical geometry" to economics. This has exciting applications, for example in the design of auctions in which multiple different goods are sold simultaneously. She also works in environmental economics: in recent work, she considers the importance of irreversibility of investment and endogenous technical change in determining the timing of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before coming to Hertford, Elizabeth was Research Fellow at Nuffield College, and Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the LSE.

Elizabeth Baldwin


New Fellow

During 2017-18, Hertford College will be appointing a second Fellow in Economics, who should be in post in time for the academic year 2018-19. Watch this space!


Richard Povey is Lecturer in Economics, with teaching interests in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics for Prelims, the core papers in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics, and the option papers in Game Theory and Public Economics. His primary research is on the consequences of altruistic motivation in economic theory. He uses game theoretic modelling techniques and social welfare analysis to show that altruism can have negative as well as positive effects, and hence that there may exist a "socially optimal level of altruism" for society as a whole. He is also interested in evolutionary game theory and optimal taxation theory.

Richard Povey


Zac Gross

Zac Gross is Lecturer in Economics, teaching both Core and Prelim Macroeconomics. His main research area is on nominal wage rigidities and how they affect both inflation and unemployment. He also works on how inequality and household leverage interact to affect the housing market. Before coming to Hertford, Zac worked as an Economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia, and as a journalist for The Economist.


Jerome Simons is Lecturer in Economics, focusing on teaching Quantitative Economics. He is currently working on a doctorate at Nuffield College, and his research interests include generalisations of cointegrated time series and associated empirical macroeconomics as well as the economics of climate change. In his free time he likes to play tennis and the saxophone and can be found at occasional bike races around Oxfordshire.

Jerome Simons
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