DPhil student
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Stephen Withnell is a DPhil candidate in Architectural History at Oxford.

Stephen completed undergraduate studies in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History at Durham University and graduate studies in the History of Art & Architecture at the University of London.

His current research centres on architecture and Catholic material culture in the nineteenth century, with a specific focus on Jesuit churches.  He is interested in Church history and the cultural patrimony of the Church in general.  Most recently, Stephen has focused on the art and architecture of high renaissance Rome, particularly during the pontificates of Julius II and Leo X.

Away from Oxford, Stephen is Deputy Head (External) at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. He is also Director of the Stonyhurst Foundation. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Durham University Business School and a Member of the Investment Committee of the British Jesuits. He is an active and experienced executive and non-executive director.