Dr Oakes runs the History of Art programme for Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. She directs the Master of Studies programme in literature and arts, co-directs the postgraduate certificate in historical studies, and co-directs the DPhil (doctoral) programme in architectural history. She is a medievalist specialising in Romanesque art and architecture, and the interrelation of word and image in western medieval culture. She has published on a range of subjects including the iconography of the Virgin in the late Middle Ages and French Romanesque art and architecture.
- Medieval art and architecture
- English medieval art and architecture
- French medieval art and architecture
- Christian medieval imagery
- Tudor art and architecture
- Text and image
- Collecting and display
Dr Oakes has experience of working with the media, including with BBC Radio 4 and with Channel 4.