Alice Prochaska

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Dr Alice Prochaska MA, DPhil, FRHistS (born 12 July 1947) is Principal of Somerville College, Oxford.[1]


Alice Prochaska studied at Somerville College in the University of Oxford and received BA and DPhil degrees in Modern History.

Prochaska was initially a museum curator, and then an archivist at the Public Record Office, now The National Archives. From 1984 to 1992 she was administrator and deputy director at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. From 1992 to 2001 she was Director of Special Collections at the British Library. She then became head librarian at Yale University, United States, from 2001 to 2010.[2][3] She became Principal of Somerville College from 1 September 2010.[4][5] Since then she has been affectionally known as 'Ali P' by the student body. [6] She will be stepping down at the end of her seven-year term in August 2017.[7]

Prochaska was involved with the design of the first National Curriculum for history in the United Kingdom during 1989–90. She was a governor of London Guildhall University, now part of London Metropolitan University. She chaired the National Council on Archives and was a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. Prochaska is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and served as Vice-President from 1995 to 1999.[1] In the US she chaired the Center for Research Libraries and several committees of the Association of Research Libraries, served on the Board of Yale University Press, and lectured on subjects relating to archives and special collections. Prochaska currently lectures and publishes on topics related to national heritage and national identity. She now chairs the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust, and serves as a Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Personal life[edit]

Alice Prochaska is married to the historian Frank Prochaska. They have two children and two grandchildren.



  1. ^ a b "Dr Alice Prochaska". Debrett's. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Alice Prochaska". The Guardian. 18 November 2003. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Yale Librarian Alice Prochaska To Step Down". Yale Bulletin. Yale University, USA. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dr Alice Prochaska". Somerville College, University of Oxford. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Alice Prochaska next Principal of Somerville College". Press release. University of Oxford, UK. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Diver, Tony (2016-10-09). "Popular principal of Somerville to retire". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Principal Dr Alice Prochaska to step down next year — Somerville College Oxford". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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Preceded by
Dame Fiona Caldicott
Principal of Somerville College, Oxford
Succeeded by