Trevor O'Connor

Trevor M. O’Connor is reading for an MSc in Comparative Social Policy as the Timothy S. Healy Scholar at St Cross College. Broadly, his research interests include education funding, youth access to social services, and anti-poverty policies.

Before entering the course, Trevor worked at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in the Educational Opportunities Section. There, he worked on enforcing several school desegregation cases, LGBTQI+ rights, disability rights, and language access matters in American public schools.

In 2020, Trevor graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, with a BA in government, ‘honors with distinction,’ and minored in African American studies and sociology. He was awarded the Valerie A. Earle Award for top student in American government; his undergraduate thesis focused on the role of identity in US Congress.

At Oxford, he serves as Perspectives Editor for the Graduate Inequality Review.

Trevor’s thesis explores the link between education funding disparities in US states and the distribution of ‘highly qualified’ teachers between rich and poor school districts.