Meet the Youngest Black Woman to Receive Tenure at Oxford University

Black Woman to Receive Tenure at Oxford

A sociologist who studies the everyday ethical experiences of frontline workers in a global scope has made history by becoming to the youngest person ever to be awarded a full professorship at the University of Oxford, making her the youngest Black woman to receive tenure so far in the history of the institution.

The lady is a 28-year old Kenyan by name Patricia Kingori.

According to Quartz Africa, the University stated that Kingori was appointed at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at Oxford “in recognition of the quality and global impact of her research on academia and beyond,”

Kingori has made several achievement for 8 years at Oxford. She had obtained competitive funding grants, written outstanding publications, supervised several DPhil candidates, and taught hundreds of students.

Her journey to this point hasn’t been that easy as we might think. Kingori had just given birth to her first child when she received a Wellcome Doctoral Studentship to fund her Ph.D. with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Prior to this, she had to request for a one year maternity leave back to kenya with her family to do fieldwork. As at then, Kenya was facing civil unrest and Kingori was pregnant with her second and as such, she had to leave the country. After 10 months, she was able to return to finalize her data collection with the help of 2 new supervisors.

Luckily for her, she completed her Ph.D. and proceed to do postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford’s Ethox Centre as a Wellcome Research Fellowship. Kingori since then managed to go from being a research lecturer to an associate professor in just 5 years.

Jan Royall, the principal baroness at Oxford’s Somerville College said “Patricia has moved many mountains and shattered countless glass ceilings to secure this historic achievement,”

The principal furthermore said “In the truest tradition of Somerville, she is a woman of firsts, a trailblazer. And yet, I have no doubt that where Patricia leads with such determination, implacable good humor, and brilliance, others will follow



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