Anna is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, where she directs the Lemann Foundation Programme, and lectures on the core graduate course, the Politics of Policymaking, as well as teaching several executive courses.

The Lemann Foundation Programme has a broad remit to generate knowledge and conduct engagement to improve the public sector. It has projects in areas as wide-ranging as civil service diversity, education, health, digital government and environment, working mostly in Brazil but also in other parts of the Global South.

Anna’s own research looks at relationships between gender, identity, political polarisation, corruption, trust and integrity. From 2020 onwards, she has also focused on the social and political aspects of COVID-19. She acts as a reviewer for journals such as APSR, EPSR, PNAS, Nature Medicine and Science Advances.

Anna has been co-Principal Investigator of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) project since its start and was Co-PI on the ICL-YouGov Global COVID Behaviours Study (2020-21). Thus, her empirical work on COVID-19 frequently brings together government policy data and survey data to answer questions about policy impacts and government-society relations.

Anna has written a large United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report about gender and corruption, and frequently gives talks on the subject at international venues, which have included the UN General Assembly. Anna completed her training at Cambridge (BA, MA, Natural Sciences) and Oxford Universities (MPhil Comparative Government, DPhil Politics). Before becoming an academic, she was a journalist. She has held positions such as Argentina Correspondent, Science Correspondent at The Economist, section editor at the science journal, Nature, and was a columnist at The Guardian and at Nature Climate Change. Occasionally, she writes blogs and articles about her current work.

Listen to a recent podcast where Anna discusses the field of gender and corruption, and two others where she talks about the work of the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker team (Collecting COVID: Oral Histories and The Oxford Quadrangle).

This Google Scholar page has the most up-to-date list of Anna’s publications.



Recent peer-reviewed publications

LB Aknin*, B Andretti*, R Goldszmidt*, JF Helliwell*, A Petherick*, JE De Neve et al. Policy stringency and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal analysis of data from 15 countries.The Lancet Public Health 7 (5), e417-e426 (2022).

J Wolff, D Elitzer, A Petherick, M Tudor, K Tyner. COVID-19 and Authoritarianism: Two Strategies of Engaging Fear. Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 13 (2), 78-98 (2022).

T Phillips, Y Zhang, A Petherick. A year of living distantly: global trends in the use of stay-at-home orders over the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Interface Focus 11 (6), 20210041 (2021).

R Goldszmidt*, A Petherick*, EB Andrade, T Hale, R Furst, T Phillips et al. Protective behaviors against COVID-19 by individual vaccination status in 12 countries during the pandemic. JAMA Network Open 4 (10), e2131137-e2131137 (2021).

A Petherick*, R Goldszmidt*, EB Andrade, R Furst, T Hale, A Pott, A Wood. A worldwide assessment of changes in adherence to COVID-19 protective behaviours and hypothesized pandemic fatigue. Nature Human Behaviour 5 (9), 1145-1160 (2021).

T Hale, N Angrist, AJ Hale, B Kira, S Majumdar, A Petherick, T Phillips et al. Government responses and COVID-19 deaths: Global evidence across multiple pandemic waves. PLoS One 16 (7), e0253116 (2021).

A De Souza Santos, A Petherick. Challenges of creating open datasets about COVID-19 policies in Brazil. Lasa Forum 52 (2) (2021).

T Hale, N Angrist, R Goldszmidt, B Kira, A Petherick, T Phillips, S Webster et al. A global panel database of pandemic policies (Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker). Nature Human Behaviour 5 (4), 529-538 (2021).

A Petherick. Developing antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2. The Lancet 395 (10230), 1101-1102 (2020).

(*indicates joint first authorship)