Rhodes Scholars stand up for positive change in the world – these Scholar stories tell of the many different paths taken to achieve transformative impact.
Dr Mira Debs
Iowa & Magdalen 1999
Appointed Executive Director of Education Studies at Yale University
Dr Kate Smolina
Ontario & University 2008
Director of the BC Observatory for Population & Public Health, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, Canada. The Observatory is a new multi-partner collaborative initiative to advance chronic disease, injury, and risk and protective factor surveillance in British Columbia.
British Columbia & Magdalen 1968
Awarded the Order of Canada
Dr Kate Cochrane-Brink
Ontario & St John’s 1991
Child & adolescent psychiatrist and hurdle & steeplechase athlete
Dr Shehnaaz Suliman
South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1997
Whilst at Gilead, Shehnaaz helped enable access to HIV medications in the developing world - a huge advance in the field.
Dr Naomi Wolf
Connecticut & New College 1985
Naomi is an author, journalist and former political consultant. She gained international recognition as a leading spokesperson in the third wave feminist movement with her book The Beauty Myth (1990) and has since sold many bestsellers including her latest Vagina: A New Biography (2012).
Professor Cranford Pratt
Québec & Balliol 1950
Considered to bridge the gap between Canada and Africa by encouraging young people to engage in African politics.
Dr Nancy Levenson
Arizona & Jesus 1989
Appointed as Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Maryland & DC & Wolfson 2001
Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU
North Carolina & Linacre 2005
President, Collegiate Directions, a non-profit organisation committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students.
Michigan & Corpus Christi 1976
Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at Decibel Therapeutics
Australia-at-Large & St John's 1984
As part of a team at UQ's Ecology Centre, Hugh designed a conservation planning software that helped rezone the Great Barrier Reef and this has been recognised with the prestigious Sherman Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.
John McCall MacBain
Québec & Wadham 1980
Awarded the Order of Canada
South Africa-at-Large & St Catherine's 2010
Mari Rabie qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016.
Vermont & Balliol 1999
Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning to John Kerry
Professor Dana Brown
New Jersey & St Antony's 1994
Former Director of the MBA at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Dana is the new Principal of Leicester Castle Business School at De Monfort University, Leicester.
Professor Jim Collins
New Hampshire & Balliol 1987
Jim lead a multi-institutional research team to create a paper-based way to diagnose a person with Zika.
Professor Carolyn Evans
Victoria & Exeter 1995
Dean of Melbourne Law School and expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion.
Dr Lisa Gorton
Australia-at-Large & Merton 1994
Poet, novelist, and reviewer. Her first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.
Dr Rohan Paul
India & St Catherine's 2008
MIT Technology Review listed him as one of the top innovators under 35 for his work on the SmartCane. Find out more about Dr Rohan Paul here.
Sir Marston Gibson
Commonwealth Caribbean & Keble 1977
Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal of Barbados.
Minnesota & Merton 1984
A researcher in global health and public health at the University of Washington in Seattle and is the institute director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
India & University 1998
Lawyer in New Delhi, and has previously been a Human Rights Consultant to the United Nations.
New South Wales & Magdalen 2011
Economist, entrepreneur, and international development specialist. Watch his TEDxOxford talk.
Commonwealth Carribean & St Catherine's 1992
Global Head of Diversity at Facebook
Dr Michael Fullilove
New South Wales & Balliol 1997
Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and will deliver the 2015 Boyer Lecture series.
New South Wales & New College 1988
Senior Adviser at the World Bank and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program.