The Oxford History Graduate Network


The Oxford History Graduate Network is a graduate-created initiative in association with the History Faculty which aims to foster friendships and collaboration among graduate students at Oxford University. We organise social and academic events throughout the academic year, and provide a space where students can share their work, experiences, concerns and ideas. You can find out more about the role of each member of the OHGN committee below.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions. To contact the committee, please send us an email at For the most up-to-date news and events, check us out on our Facebook group and Twitter.

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President – Alexander Peplow 

I'm a second-year DPhil student working on the fourteenth-century Holy Roman Empire and its relations with the Avignon Papacy. As president of the OHGN, I oversee the Graduate Network’s activities and assist the rest of the committee in their roles. I also act as the main point of contact for the OHGN, so please do get in touch with any questions, suggestions, and concerns – if I can’t help, I’ll do my best to get you in touch with someone who can. I attend meetings with the Faculty and the Humanities Division as well, so you can also get in touch if there is something you would like to raise with the Faculty and/or Division.

I also head up the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee (GJCC), a forum to support current graduates and provide student feedback to the History Faculty. If you’re interested in joining the GJCC as a representative or participating in the OHGN, please do let me know.


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Academic Affairs Officer – Susanna Markert 

I am a third-year DPhil student in medieval history, working on the intersection of legal structures and local societies in England. As the OHGN Academic Officer, I'm the liaison with the faculty regarding matters of supervision, teaching, and academic progress. I organise academic events for the graduate community such as the Work in Progress Seminars and the Research Showcase in Hilary, as well as informative panels related to academic milestones such as Transfer of Status. I am always happy to hear from students about the kinds of resources and events they think would support them academically.


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Social Officer - Andre Jockyman Roithmann

I am a second-year DPhil student working on republicanism in nineteenth-century Latin America. As Social Officer, it is my responsibility to organise and run the OHGN's social and networking events. Feel free to get in touch with any ideas and suggestions!


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Welfare Officer – Sonia Cuesta Maniar

I am a second year DPhil looking at late Francoist repressive practices and accelerating socio-political change in 1960s and 1970s Spain. My role as Welfare Officer includes overseeing the mentor scheme for new Masters and DPhil students and being a point of call for all welfare matters from Transfer of Status enquiries to day to day problems. I liaise with other members of the OHGN Committee and members of the faculty and sit on the Graduate Joint- Consultative Committee (GJCC) where I can relay concerns that have arisen.


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Communications Officer – Emilie Lavallée 

I’m a third-year DPhil in medieval history working on changing conceptions of political counsel in the thirteenth-century. As communications officer and secretary, I’m responsible for organising the committee's administrative affairs, sending out regular OHGN emails to the graduate students with upcoming news and events, and maintaining the OHGN's web presence on social media. 


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Library Officer – Samuel Lane 

I am a third year DPhil student in medieval history, considering the relationship between religious and political hierarchies in fourteenth-century England. As the OHGN Library Officer, I liaise between the Faculty and students on library-related issues. This includes sitting on the Faculty’s Committee on Library Provision and Strategy, and the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee. I report new information on library-related matters to the OHGN community, and act on behalf of OHGN to raise any relevant questions and concerns regarding libraries.

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