2016 Course Tutors


Matthew Mills BTh Hons (Oxon), MA (Dunelm)


Matthew Mills teaches Theology and Ecclesiastical History; he studied Theology at Greyfriars Hall and Regent’s Park College, Oxford (2007-2010), and St Chad’s College, Durham (2010-2012), before returning to Oxford in 2012 to begin a doctorate.  Matthew’s research explores the evolution of beliefs about and devotion to the Virgin Mary in the English monasteries after the Norman Conquest.  Since 2014, Matthew has been part of the admissions team in History at Regent’s Park College and St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, where he teaches undergraduate students; he is also a sessional lecturer at Sarum College, Salisbury.


Dylan James BA (Hons), MPhil

Tutor in Classical Civilisations

Dylan is writing a research DPhil in Ancient History at Brasenose College, Oxford. His research examines the representation of language and culture by Greek historians of the fifth century BCE.

After earning a first class Classics degree at the University of Canterbury in his native New Zealand, including a year abroad at UC Santa Barbara, Dylan completed an MPhil in Ancient History at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has taught Latin, Greek, and Classics in translation at high school and university levels in several countries.


Ben Johannes MSc MA MPhil Oxon

Tutor in Human Sciences

Ben Johannes teaches Human Sciences and anthropology. He holds a BA and MSc cum laude in Biology from the Univerity of Groningen in the Netherlands, a BA and MA in Philosophy (id.), and an MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has been lecturer in bio-informatics at the University of Groningen, has worked as IT consultant for several large firms, ran his own IT company, and conducted training in organisation development. He has won several grants for his studies in the UK. Currently he is finishing his PhD in Anthroplogy at the University of Oxford.
His main scientific interests are the evolution of culture, the evolution of religion, naturalised ethics and group selection.


Lucy McDonald BA (Hons) Oxon

Tutor in Philosophy

Lucy McDonald is a post-graduate philosophy student at St Peter's College, Oxford and a private tutor in humanities subjects at GCSE, A-level and University level. Her principal interests are feminist philosophy, women's studies more generally and post-Kantian German philosophy. She is currently working on theories of the self in Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

She has a first class degree in PPE also from Oxford, during which she studied early modern philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, British politics, the philosophy of Kant, Marxism, Post-Kantian philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics.

Outside of academia she has worked for the Houses of Parliament, Liberal Democrat HQ, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Goldman Sachs, Politics Home, and the Times of London, and has been invited to discuss women's rights in the UK with the Government equalities office. 


Emelia Quinn BA (Hons), MA

Tutor in English literature

Emilia graduated with a first class BA honours degree in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick (2010-13) before completing an MA in Culture and Thought after 1945 at the University of York (2013-14). 

She is currently working for a DPhil in the Oxford University English Faculty. She works on the nascent topic of vegan theory, working to develop a trajectory of vegan literature from the Romantic period to present. Her work builds on the growing interest in animal studies within the humanities and she is particularly interested in how veganism might be made relevant to existing scholarship across feminist, postcolonial and queer perspectives.


Giulio Schinaia

Tutor in economics

Giulio graduated with a first class degree in Economics from the University of York in 2013, and is about to complete his MPhil in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. His thesis evaluates the labour market effects of social protection programmes in rural Ethiopia. More broadly, he is interested in development, trade and environmental economics.

Before coming to Oxford, Giulio worked as an economist for the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he also ran an introductory economics course for civil servants. In addition, he has coordinated fieldwork research in Ethiopia for the University of Oxford's Centre for the Study of African Economies, and consulted small and micro-enterprises in Indonesia.



Laura Tilt LLB MSc (Oxon)

Tutor in law

Laura completed an undergraduate combined degree in Law and Criminology at the University of New South Wales, Australia. An admitted solicitor in New South Wales, Laura worked in public and private criminal defence and as a Tax Analyst for Deloitte Sydney before moving to the University of Oxford to complete an MSc in Criminology. She is now undertaking a DPhil in Criminology at the University of Oxford. Her research explores the governance of the wrongfully convicted with a focus on post-exoneration support provision.


Jessica Wamala BA (Hons), MA

Tutor in international relations

Jessica Wamala is a Rhodes Scholar, currently receiving an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford. Her current research interests sit at the nexus of gender and politics, focusing mainly on women's political participation, the impact of women's NGOs, and the importance of multilateralism at a time of regional instability. Motivated by the inequality and structural barriers to hearing a Palestinian narrative, Wamala has spent considerable time in the West Bank, including running educational tours to Palestine for postgraduate Oxford students to humanize and disrupt the current discourse around the Israeli occupation. 

With degrees from Villanova University in political science, Arab and Islamic studies and global interdisciplinary studies and a M.A. in political science, Jessica has previously worked with the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade and at the Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington D.C. She has also published a paper on the importance of demographic diversity in international affairs by conducting a case study on the U.S. Foreign Service.