Dr Alice Prochaska

Dr Alice Prochaska is a historian, and, until recently, the Principal of Somerville College Oxford and a Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.  An alumna of Somerville herself, she holds both her BA and D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. 

Her career has spanned museums, archives and libraries, working both in national organisations (the UK National Archives and the British Library) as well as universities on both sides of the Atlantic (University of London, Yale and now Oxford). 

Dr Prochaska is a Fellow and one-time Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. She has managed large staffs of scholars, librarians and archivists, and has chaired national and international boards and committees dealing with archives and scholarly resources.  Her current scholarly interest focuses on the history of cultural restitution, and the relationship between national heritage and national identity, with a special interest in the period of the Second World War.