Ruth Ramsden-Karelse is founder and co-convener of the Oxford Queer Studies Network, a founding member of Queer Research UK, and a DPhil candidate in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. The inaugural Stuart Hall Doctoral Studentship, in association with Merton College, TORCH and the Stuart Hall Foundation, supports her research on queer femininity from 1950 to the present in communities of the Western Cape of South Africa formerly classified ‘Coloured’, with a specific focus on The Kewpie Photographic Collection.
Ruth has an MA in Culture and Thought After 1945 and a BA in English and Related Literature, both from The University of York, as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to commencing her DPhil, Ruth spent three years teaching English at a comprehensive secondary school in London, where she established student-led discussion and action groups and worked with a borough-wide anti-bullying steering group to promote student welfare.
Ruth is a 2019-2020 Merton College Prize Scholar, and is currently acting as the elected Postgraduate Representative for the Royal Geographical Society’s Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group. She served on the panel of judges for Miss Gay Western Cape 2018.