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Officially Dr McClanahan, February 2021

Dr William Patrick McClanahan, a recent graduate from Clare Hall specialising in Psychology and Criminal Justice, describes his research, experiences at the College, and goals for the future

I’m from a small town in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, USA. It’s the kind of town where you cannot go to the store without seeing someone you know. I did my undergraduate degree at Roanoke College in Virginia and double-majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I anticipated becoming a juvenile probation officer, but decided it was not what I wanted and decided to give myself some time to think about things. I took a year to work part-time and travel. During this, I realised I wanted to go back to school and continue research. I had been bitten by…


Visiting the Parker Library, summer 2018

Dr Keri Wong, a Life Member and former Betty Behrens Research Fellow of Clare Hall, updates us on her experiences working at UCL, and shares what she’s learned during the pandemic so far

I’m an Assistant Professor in Psychology based at the UCL Department of Psychology and Human Development.
As an international scholar I’ve enjoyed meeting all the international students and colleagues on campus here at UCL. I also like the beautiful Bloomsbury-based site, convenience of living and working in central London, and knowing that my collaborators at other institutions are just a 10- to 20-minute walk away.

The pandemic has helped me realise that I am ‘cut out’ for this job as an academic. I am generally pretty good at working independently at home. Initially when the first lockdown started, I found…


Doug Kelbaugh is a Life Member of Clare Hall and Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. In this story, Professor Kelbaugh discusses his latest book — which centres around environmental resilience in cities — and reveals his hopes for the future


Daniella Salazar Herrera, a recent MPhil graduate in Development Studies, offers a glimpse into her role at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, and shares how the pandemic has impacted her work

I was born and raised in Lima, Peru — a city that is characterised by its huge inequalities, where the divide of wealthy and underprivileged communities is easily seen and contrasted in a 15-minute drive. These stark inequalities sparked my interest in the politics behind them, and the overall concept of Human Rights as an entitlement rather than as an aspiration. This interest led me to major in Political Science and Human Rights at Trinity College, Connecticut, USA. After my undergraduate degree, I went on to work at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, where I…


Andrew Blake talking to Bill Gates about developments in intelligent 3D cameras, 2009

Professor Andrew Blake, Fellow of Clare Hall, has been working in Artificial Intelligence since 1978. Here he reveals some of his career highlights and latest projects

My PhD thesis from 1984 still lurks in the archives of the University of Edinburgh, in which I explored the possibility of building machines that could see.
Later, what had seemed like science fiction for a couple of decades began to look quite real. Around the turn of the millennium, I moved from Oxford University to Cambridge, to join Microsoft’s newly-established European lab, and led a team inventing 3D cameras with ever more powerful built-in intelligence. After a decade, I became Director and set about building the best environment I could for research in the frontiers of computing. …


Meet Rea Eldem and Francesca Root — two Life Members who are working together to build more equitable organisational cultures

Founded by Rea Eldem, IN-VISIBLE BERLIN supports organisations in their transformation process towards a more equitable organisational culture. Part of this means recognising employees’ needs and building upon the experiences of minority groups, fostering a working culture where everyone feels invited”, says Rea, who during her MPhil at the University of Cambridge observed that there is often little or no transfer of knowledge from Gender Studies into business practice in Germany. Changing this by supporting organisations in examining their own corporate culture has since become IN-VISIBLE BERLIN’s mission. Rea and fellow Clare Hall Life Member Francesca Root, along with their…


Melanne Verveer and Hillary Clinton; photo courtesy the Georgetown University Institute of Women, Peace and Security

An Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall, Melanne Verveer’s career has intensively focused on women’s equality. Here she reflects on her work, highlighting the impact Covid-19 is having on women globally

I served as Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton in the White House when she was First Lady. During that time the UN’s 4th World Conference on Women took place. Clinton was invited by the UN Secretary General to deliver a keynote speech, and I oversaw many of the preparations for US participation in the conference, as well as her role. The tens of thousands of attendees at the conference, both government officials and NGO representatives, were united in a common goal: gender equality and empowerment of women. The First Lady’s speech still resonates because of her call for “human…


Dr Marcella Sutcliffe. Photo © Lucy Saggers

Dr Marcella Sutcliffe, historian and Life Member of Clare Hall, discusses her career and shares takeaways from CRASSH’s recent roundtable on the past, present and future of humanities research

I am a historian specialising in the long nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the transnational connections between Britain and Italy.
My research interests include Victorian radicalism, European networks of democracy and the Victorian idea of the ‘civic’. My monograph, Victorian Radicals and Italian Democrats, published by the Royal Historical Society (2014), focused on the influence of an Italian democrat, Giuseppe Mazzini, on radical circles — particularly in the English northern provinces.

After obtaining my PhD at Newcastle University, my interest in the Victorian ‘civic’ led me to my first postdoctoral appointment as part of an AHRC-funded project. This…


The GSB’s BAME Access & Equality subcommittee introduce their new Library

Clare Hall’s new Access & Equality Library is now open for use.
Created by the Graduate Student Body (GSB)’s new BAME Access & Equality Subcommittee, the Library provides resources on race, access, and diversity to members of Clare Hall. The Library features fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature on BAME-related issues and by BAME authors. We hope that the Library will help Clare Hall members to learn more about the important issues that we face both as a college and in wider society.

The Access & Equality Library is the first ‘bricks-and-mortar’ project completed by the BAME Access & Equality Subcommittee…


Javier Pérez-Osorio, a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Film and Screen Studies, shares details of his research into the representation of queerness in recent Latin American fiction films

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia.
I have been a member of Clare Hall since last September, when I came to Cambridge to start my PhD.

My research analyses the representation of queerness in recent Latin American fiction films.
I am interested in studying progressive portrayals of queer experiences and understanding the way in which the global LGBTIQ+ expressions, in particular queer cinema, have been reinterpreted in Latin American contexts.

I have been keen on films since I was a teenager. On-screen I have found not only a way to satisfy my curiosity about unknown, diverse worlds and…

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