Fellows of distinction

20th August 2019


Three Wadham Fellows have been awarded the title of Professor in the 2019 University of Oxford  Recognition of Distinction awards.

  • (l-r) Professors Peter Thonemann, Tarun Khaitan and Andrew Farmery

    (l-r) Professors Peter Thonemann, Tarun Khaitan and Andrew Farmery

Andrew Farmery becomes Professor of Anaesthetics, Tarun Khaitan is Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory and Peter Thonemann is Professor of Ancient History.

Andrew Farmery came to Wadham in 2004 and teaches Physiology & Pharmacology on the BM course. He is Head of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics in the University of Oxford, and a practising Consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and so aims to direct students' learning in ways that encourage an understanding of how scientific principles apply to real clinical problems. Andrew’s research group works in the area of biomedical engineering, developing novel intravascular sensors and analytical techniques to detect and monitor disordered physiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems in the critically ill. In recent years he has been awarded research funding of more than £5.5M from the EPSRC, Wellcome Trust and NIHR.

Tarun Khaitan is Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College and is currently on special leave as a Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, working on a project on the resilience of democratic constitutions, with a focus on South Asia. His monograph entitled A Theory of Discrimination Law has been cited by the European Court of Human Rights and positively reviewed in leading journals. He helped draft the Anti-Disrimination and Equality Bill 2017. His research on discrimination law has been quoted and relied upon by the Indian Supreme Court. He won the 2018 Letten Prize (worth 2 Million Norwegian Kroner) and the 2019 Woodward Medal (worth 10,000 Australian dollars) for his work on discrimination law.

Since 2007, Peter Thonemann has taught Greek and Roman history at Wadham. He co-wrote a history of ancient Europe, The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine and has edited a large corpus of ancient and medieval inscriptions from central Anatolia published by the Roman Society in 2013 as Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: Monuments from Phrygia and Lykaonia. He edited two books on aspects of Anatolian history, Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations, and the State, and Roman Phrygia: Culture and Society.  Most recently he wrote a handbook to Hellenistic coinage  and a very short introduction to the Hellenistic period. His current research is on on kinship and family structures in the Roman East, and on Artemidorus of Daldis’ On the Interpretation of Dreams.

Applications are considered annually by the Recognition of Distinction Committee in each academic division on behalf of Divisional Boards.All those employed by the University in academic or senior research roles, are eligible for consideration, as are other University employees who are making a significant and sustained academic contribution to the University.