Anna Petherick is a postdoctoral researcher in the School’s Building Integrity Programme. She also leads seminars for the MPP Politics of Policymaking course.
Anna’s DPhil at Oxford University focused on the impact of revelations of incumbent corruption on women’s representation in local government. This research used various quantitative techniques, as well as case study work from Brazil. While completing her DPhil, Anna taught statistics to second-year PPE students and tutored Brazilian politics.
Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Anna worked as a full-time journalist. She held positions such as science correspondent at The Economist, section-editor at the science journal, Nature, and Argentina Correspondent at The Economist. She wrote a column for The Guardian that fused longevity and wellbeing research (how to die as late as possible, and until then stay as happy and as physically young as possible), and another column about the social dimensions of climate change for the journal, Nature Climate Change. Anna’s journalism has also appeared in Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, and The Lancet, among many other outlets, and she has reported from Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, The Gambia, Greenland, Malawi, Norway, Uruguay, Spain, and Senegal.
Anna holds a BA (MA) in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, where she focused on evolutionary genetics and population modelling, and an MPhil in Comparative Government from Oxford University, with specialist courses in African Politics and the International Relations of the Developing and Post-Colonial World.