STAFF AND COLLABORATORS
Dr Ann Olivarius, Chief Executive Officer & Chair
Dr Olivarius, a member of the second class of female Rhodes Scholars, founded the Rhodes Project in 2004 to investigate the career paths and life choices of highly educated women of her generation. As CEO and Chair, she continues to lead the Rhodes Project today.
She is the Founder and Senior Partner of McAllister Olivarius and Managing Partner of AO Advocates. Dr Olivarius’ own accomplishments are many; early in her career, she was deeply involved in a landmark civil rights case, Alexander v. Yale, and clerked for Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Judge in San Francisco. She was the first CEO and General Counsel of the Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science, where she boosted its scientific programs and whose assets grew under her leadership from $27 million to over $100 million. Before founding McAllister Olivarius, she ran the Corporate Department at Shearman & Sterling's Washington, D.C. office. She has been cited by the American Civil Liberties Union on its list of the nine most influential actors in the United States in the history of Title IX, the US law prohibiting discrimination at schools and universities.
She serves on the board of GenerationNext!, a UK charitythat seeks to supports the Vuleka School in Johannesburg, South Africa, by providing funds for scholarships for deprived students. She has served on the board of Autistica, the leading UK charity supporting research into autism, and OpenDemocracy USA. She has a DPhil (1981, University of Oxford) in Economics and Management, a joint JD and MBA (Yale University, 1986) and a BA (Yale University, 1977) in Political Science. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Virginia. She is also a solicitor of England and Wales. McAllister Olivarius was rated in the top 2.5% of UK law firms by the assessor for Lexcel, which accredits the quality of law firm management.
Kelsey Murrell, Deputy Director
Kelsey Murrell joined the Rhodes Project in 2014. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Project, including charity administration, outreach and special projects. She also contributes to the Project's research, and is a member of the editorial team.
Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Oxford where, as a Rhodes Scholar (Kansas and St Cross 2012), she completed two MSc degrees in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and Social Anthropology. Past research projects include a study of the role of anthropology in refugee status determination (2014, Oxford), a discursive analysis of representations of refugees which focused on the interplay of ethics and efficacy (2013, Oxford), a multi-disciplinary group research project on the role of trust in refugees’ ability to access resources in third country resettlement (2013, Oxford) and a thesis on storytelling and trauma in refugee narratives drawing on both fiction and non-fiction texts (2012, University of Kansas). She completed her BA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas where she developed a love of fiction, playwriting, and narrative and advocacy journalism.
Helen Caldwell, Contributing Editor, The Rhodes Project Blog
Helen Caldwell helps manage the Rhodes Project blog, soliciting and coordinating blog posts by Rhodes scholars. She also manages the Rhodes Project's social media presence and works to assist with the day-to-day operations of the organisation. Helen joined the Project in 2015.
Helen graduated in 2016 from Yale University, where she majored in Global Affairs and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a senior thesis on the feminist and legal discourse surrounding revenge pornography. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in London, where she is working as a legal assistant in addition to her volunteer work with the Rhodes Project.
Jef McAllister, Senior Editor
Jef brings his decades of journalistic experience to bear as a consulting editor for the Rhodes Project, advising on all areas of the project's publications, online and offline.
Jef worked for two decades as a journalist, serving as Diplomatic Correspondent, White House Correspondent and London Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine. He wrote over 500 articles for TIME on politics, public policy, diplomacy and law, including many cover stories. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and appears regularly on BBC radio and TV and Sky News.
Jef graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and with honours from Yale Law School. He obtained a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, worked as a reporter in the Phillippines as a Luce Scholar, and is the co-author of The Right Hand of Power, the memoirs of U. Alexis Johnson, a senior US. diplomat. He is also the Managing Partner of the international law firm McAllister Olivarius.
Carley-Jane Stanton, Profile Coordinator
Carley-Jane is a current student at the University of Oxford and a Rhodes Scholar (Prairies & St. Anne’s, 2016) reading for an MSc. in Environmental Change and Management.
She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a BSc. in Agriculture and Resource Economics, where her research reached across multiple disciplines with a focus on the intersections between food security, the environment, and feminism. She was heavily involved in the food community in her hometown, working on local farms, managing a farmers’ market, founding the non-profit Alder Food Security Society, and serving as the youngest-ever appointed member of the Edmonton Food Council. Her current research involves mothers’ employment and economic empowerment in Canada, as well as mixed-methods research regarding neoliberal and masculine discourse in media coverage following natural disasters. When she is not interviewing Rhodes women for the Rhodes Project or studying, Carley-Jane enjoys cycling, drinking too much pour-over coffee, and playing Boggle with friends in her favourite local pub.