Four St Cross Fellows Awarded Professorships

Four St Cross Fellows have had Professorships conferred upon them in the 2020 Recognition of Distinction Exercise.

The exercise confers the title of Professor upon individuals engaged in academic or senior research roles who have an excellent and internationally recognised ongoing research record with a significant influence on their field, an outstanding teaching record, and significant involvement in University and/or College life, such as the holding of College offices or service on committees, activities connected to industry, or commitment to public engagement. 


Helen Johnson
Professor of Ocean and Climate Science

Helen works to improve the understanding of ocean circulation and the role it plays in the climate system, using fluid dynamics theory, simple and state-of-the-art numerical models and ocean observations.

In February 2019 Helen co-authored a new international study that found that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe, contrary to the prevailing scientific view.

Mike Charles
Professor of Environmental Archaeology

Mike's research looks at the farming societies of western Asia and Europe from 15,000 BC, and the origins and spread of agriculture and plant domestication.

He is currently involved in the FeedSax project along with two other St Cross fellows, Professor Helena Hamerow and Professor Amy Bogaard. FeedSax (Feeding Anglo-Saxon England) is an ERC-funded research project led by Professor Hamerow that is looking at developments of cereal farming in early medieval England.

Joel Shapiro
Professor of Financial Economics

Joel's main area of expertise is the regulation and governance of financial institutions. Joel has conducted research on credit ratings, banking regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation, LIBOR, ESG, and conflicts of interest in retail finance.

Joel's latest and ongoing research focuses on drawing lessons from the global financial crisis. Specifically, this research explores the areas of credit ratings, LIBOR, executive compensation, and shareholder activism. Joel has also carried out work on credit ratings agencies, bank resolution, conflicts of interest in retail financial products and pricing strategies.

Inge Daniels
Professor of Anthropology

Inge focuses on the study of material and visual culture, including gift exchange and economic anthropology, the commodification of religious forms, the material culture of luck, amateur photographic practice, the anthropology of (domestic) space and the built environment, ethnography and exhibition display.

In March 2020 she won an AHRC Research Grant for 'Disobedient Buildings', a four-year project exploring how the inhabitants of aging tower blocks are striving to create safe and comfortable homes and how ordinary citizens conceptualise and confront macro-level concepts such as welfare, health and wellbeing on the ground within the context of widening inequalities and insecurities that seem to characterise contemporary urban life.