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Dr. Richard McCallum
Lead Faculty for MENA Cultures
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Richard McCallum first traveled to North Africa in 1984 whilst studying for a BSc in Physics at Imperial College, London and later lived in Tunis from 1992 to 2002 where he lectured English and linguistics at the Université de Tunis, having got an MA in Applied Linguistics. 

During that time he learned Arabic – or at least a Tunisian version of it! – made many Arab friends and traveled extensively around the Middle East. After leaving Tunis, Richard returned to his home town, Yeovil, UK, and led a church there for several years.  In 2011, Richard completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Exeter looking at Christian responses to Islam in Britain and taught Sociology of Religion.

In 2012, Richard moved to Oxford to work as a freelance researcher for both the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies at Oxford and for the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, particularly looking at the impact of recent interfaith initiatives and the teaching of Islam to Christian students. In November 2013, Richard joined the staff of CMCS as a research fellow. He has also taught on various aspects of Islam and worked with Muslims at several colleges in the UK. Richard occasionally works as a freelance cross cultural trainer and delivers intercultural workshops particularly for companies working in the Arab World. In his own words, “I enjoy this as it gets me out of both academia and the Christian world!” Richard is married to Heather and has one daughter, Katie, who is studying at SOAS, part of the University of London.