Two St Cross Members Awarded Professorships

Two St Cross members have had Professorships conferred upon them in the 2021 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. 

Our congratulations to St Cross Fellow Professor Dimitris Papanikolaou and St Cross Member of Common Room Professor Matthew Snape!


Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou

Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Cultural Studies

Dimitris’s research focuses on the ways Modern Greek literature opens a dialogue with other cultural forms (especially Greek popular culture) as well as other cultures and literature; and also on queer theory, the history of Greek queer cultures, and the difference they can make in people’s lives and social movements. He is committed to literary, cultural and gender theory and the new perspectives they offer for the study of literature, culture and society.

His most recent monograph is Greek Weird Wave: A Cinema of Biopolitics (EUP, 2021). His project Rethinking Modern Greek Studies in the 21st Century: A Cultural Analysis Network has resulted in Greek Studies Now, a new, prize-winning platform for Modern Greek interdisciplinary studies.

Matthew Snape

Professor of Paediatrics and Vaccinology

Matthew's principal areas of research relate to vaccines against meningococcal, pneumococcal, influenza, RSV and Ebola virus disease.

Recently, his work has involved evaluating rates of COVID-19 infection in children. Prof Snape is also the Chief Investigator of the study exploring alternating different COVID-19 vaccine doses.