• Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Dr Abbey Halcli

    Cathy Burleigh

    Dr Abbey Halcli is Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. An accomplished academic leader, Abbey has served as Programme Lead for International Relations, Politics and Sociology and as Programme Lead and Liaison Manager for the Foundation Degree in Policing (jointly provided by Oxford Brookes, Activate Learning and Thames Valley Police).  She has held senior academic roles including Associate Dean for Strategy and Development and from 2017 Head of the School of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes.  

    Abbey completed an MA and PhD in Sociology at Ohio State University.  She has a long-standing interest in women in politics and has published research on attitudes towards feminism amongst female politicians and on the gendered dimensions of political participation and political institutions in both the UK and the United States.  She also has conducted research on the role of transnational advocacy networks as important actors in global HIV and AIDS governance.  

    Abbey is a Principal Lecturer in Sociology teaching in the areas of gender, political sociology and social theory, and she has been nominated for teaching awards.  She represents Oxford Brookes on the UK Heads and Professors of Sociology committee and in the British Sociological Association.  She was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Aurora programme run by Advance HE and is a serving role model for the Aurora programme to the present.