Professor Patricia Clavin, FRHistS, FBA, Zeitlyn Fellow and Tutor in History at Jesus College and Professor of International History at the University of Oxford, has been honoured for her contribution as a speaker at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

A photographic portrait of Patricia, taken by celebrated photographer and Jesus alumnus Ander McIntyre, has gone on display at the institute and forms part of McIntyre’s long-term artistic collaboration with Chatham House – Portraits of an establishment - to capture images of over 500 world leaders and thinkers during their visits. 

Patricia Clavin portrait

To mark the institute’s centenary, a new selection of photographs, representing the global and diverse nature of the institute’s speakers, is being exhibited – including Patricia’s.  Chatham House is a world-leading policy institute that aims to support governments and societies to build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world through dialogue, research and training.  Patricia has spoken at Chatham House several times on contemporary and historical subjects, including its 2020 Conference on Security and Defence.

Patricia says, “I’m enormously honoured to be selected. It’s deeply moving because I have studied so many of the people who has spoken at Chatham House, notably in the years immediately after its foundation in 1920. My name is also listed in the ‘Sea of Names’ which includes all the past speakers, so I now appear alongside those I’ve studied as well as some of my current and former colleagues.“

Sea of names
The 'Sea of names' at Chatham House

Patricia’s portrait hangs alongside Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an expert on Ebola and Aids, and Kgalema Motlanthe, the former President of South Africa.

Ander says, We are especially pleased at The Royal Institute of International Affairs to be able to hang this portrait of Patricia, currently in the Astor Room. It is a valuable addition to our collection of influential women, alongside Katrin Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman, Condoleezza Rice, Theresa May and Her Majesty the Queen. "

Patricia’s portrait is also on view in our Harold Wilson room, as part of a separate College commission. Read more about her work and career here.