Anna Petherick is a Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy and conducts research as part of the School’s Building Integrity Programme. She was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in that group. Her research focuses on corruption, gender, and trust, with much of it based in Brazil.
Anna pursued her MPhil (Comparative Government) and DPhil (Politics) at Oxford University, during which she 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 Argentina Correspondent at The Economist, science correspondent at The Economist, and section-editor at the science journal, Nature. 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 (Evolutionary Genetics, Population Modelling) from Cambridge University.