In 925 years, Oxford University, England, has its first youngest black woman professor – and she is a Kenyan.
Patricia Kingori, a young and brilliant Kenyan woman has become the first black woman to get Oxford University full professorship in 925 years in Oxford’s history. She also becomes one of the youngest women in the history of Oxford to be awarded a full professorship. Patricia Kingori is one of the most intelligent and respected sociologists in the England.
“To have my body of work recognised in this way is a great honour, and I am grateful many people who have inspired and supported me so far,” Patricia Kingori said.
Born in Kenya, Patricia Kingori moved to Saint Kitts, a Caribbean country, when she was a just a child. She lived her teenage years in the Caribbean country until she moved to the United Kingdom and started college at the Royal Holloway, University of London, where she studied sociology. Patricia Kingori graduated from the University of London with a degree in Sociology. Shortly after upon completing her graduation, she worked as a research assistant in the University of London. where she focused her doctoral research on the ethical challenges experienced by frontline workers. Patricia Kingori struggled to get funds for her doctoral degree. Fortunately, after lots of hard work and consistency, she received a full doctoral studentship. Patricia Kingori was awarded a Wellcome Doctoral Studentship and began her PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Her hard work and consistency began to payoff as she was appointed to the faculty at the Ethox Centre in Oxford. Patricia’s passion and commitment to assist frontline workers in improving their ethical standards in healthcare practice and prominent and life-saving medical research.
“Patricia has moved many mountains and shattered countless glass ceilings to secure this historic achievement. In the truest tradition of Somerville, she is a woman of firsts, a trailblazer. I have no doubt that where she leads, others will follow.” – Somerville’s Principal Baroness Jan Royall.
Patricia Kingori’s work and efforts in healthcare research and frontline workers has handed her notable awards and recognition from various academic research schools. She is currently the recipient of the prestigious Wellcome Senior Investigator award and leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers exploring global concerns around Fakes, Fabrications, and Falsehoods in global health.