Two new Statutory Professors appointed at DSPI

 jane gingrich and kenneth tommy nelson

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI) is delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Gingrich and Kenneth Tommy Nelson as Statutory Professors for the 2022/23 academic year.

Professor Jane Gingrich will be joining us in January 2023 to take up the Professorship of Social Policy with a Fellowship at Green Templeton College. Jane is currently Professor of Comparative Political Economy at the Department of Politics and International Relations and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College. Jane’s areas of expertise are Comparative Political Economy and Comparative Social Policy with a particular interest in the contemporary restructuring of the welfare state and the politics of institutional change.

Jane said: “I am looking forward to joining the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. I am drawn to the department's intellectual environment and research and teaching excellence. In our current moment, the question of how to understand - and build - dynamic, equitable and fair social policy structures is of deep importance, and through this position I hope to make a contribution as a researcher, teacher, and colleague to work on these questions.”

Professor Kenneth Tommy Nelson will be joining us in April 2023 to take up the Barnett Professorship in Social Policy with a Fellowship at St Cross College. Kenneth is currently Professor of Sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), University of Stockholm. Kenneth is Head of the Social Policy Unit at SOFI, and his areas of expertise are Social Policy, Well-Being, and Comparative Analysis. 

Kenneth said: “I am looking forward to actively taking part in the vibrant scholarly life of Oxford University, learning from world-leading academic experts in the departments and colleges, and contributing further to our understanding of what makes societies equal and just.”

Head of Department Professor Jane Barlow said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Professor Kenneth Nelson to the Post of Barnett Chair and Professor Jane Gingrich to the post of Chair of Comparative Social Policy at the DSPI. We are exceptionally fortunate in having recruited two such outstanding scholars and are very much looking forward to them joining our teaching faculty in the next academic year.”