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Clare Hemmings

Head of Department of Gender Studies and Professor of Feminist Theory.


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Megan Armstrong

Teaching Fellow in Gender and Security


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Hannah Baumeister

Teaching Fellow in Gender and Security



Jacob Breslow

Teaching Fellow in Transnational Sexuality and Gender Studies



Mary Evans

Leverhulme Emeritus Professor at the Department of Gender Studies.


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Marsha Henry

Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.



Naila Kabeer

Professor of Gender and Development at the Department of Gender Studies and at the Department of International Development.


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Ece Kocabicak

Teaching Fellow in Globalisation, Gender and Development.


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Sumi Madhok

Associate Professor of Transnational Gender Studies.



Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor of Gender, Development and Globalisation.


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Diane Perrons

Professor Emerita in Feminist Political Economy.


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Ania Plomien

Assistant Professor in Gender and Social Science.


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Leticia Sabsay

Assistant Professor in Gender and Contemporary Culture.



Wendy Sigle

Professor of Gender and Family Studies at the Department of Gender Studies.



Emma Spruce

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights


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Dr Aisling Swaine

Assistant Professor of Gender and Security at the Department of Gender Studies and Centre for Women, Peace and Security



Sadie Wearing

Associate Professor in Gender Theory, Culture and Media.


Professional Services Staff

Hazel Johnstone


Departmental Manager of the Department of Gender Studies and Manager of the Gender PhD programme

Hazel is Departmental Manager of the Department of Gender Studies and Manager of the Gender PhD programme. She has worked at LSE Gender since it was a working group in the early 1990s and has overall responsibility for its day-to-day operational management. In addition, she is Managing Editor of the European Journal of Women's Studies.  She was recently featured in the #LSEWomen initiative,  a project telling the stories of some of #LSEWomen, from past to present.


Kate Steward


Deputy Departmental Manager of the Department of Gender Studies and MSc Programmes Manager

Kate runs the administration for the taught programmes and research events at the Department of Gender Studies. She is responsible for the academic administration of all LSE Gender Masters programmes and is the first contact for any LSE Gender enquiries.


 Helen Groves

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Events and Communications Coordinator


Advisory Committee

Suki Ali (Department of Sociology)

Sarah Ashwin (Department of Management) 

Shakuntala Banaji (Department of Media and Communications)

Cathy Campbell (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science)

Lilie Chouliaraki (Department of Media and Communications) 

Ernestina Coast (Department of Social Policy)

Sylvia Chant (Department of Geography and Environment)

Denisa Kostovicova (Department of Government)

Nicola Lacey (Department of Law)

Katharine Millar (Department of International Relations)

Irini Moustaki (Department of Statistics)

Anne Phillips (Department of Government)

Coretta Phillips (Department of Social Policy)

Hakan Seckinelgin (Department of Social Policy)

Alpa Shah (Department of Anthropology) 

 Imaobong Umoren (Department of International History)


Imaobong Umoren is Assistant Professor of International History of Gender at the London School of Economics. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees at King’s College London before moving to the University of Oxford where she gained her DPhil and spent a year serving as a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. She subsequently took up a Career Development Fellowship jointly held with Pembroke College and the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities research programme Women in the Humanities. 

Imaobong Umoren’s research focuses on the history of race, gender, and migration in the Caribbean and wider African diaspora in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has published chapters in edited volumes and articles in Journal of Women’s History, Callaloo: A journal of African diaspora arts and letters, History Compass and History of Women in the Americas. Her first book about the international travels of a group of African American and Caribbean women intellectuals titled, Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles is due to be published in 2018 by the University of California Press.



Visiting Scholars

Current Visiting Scholars 

Follow this link to see our current, past and future visiting scholars. 

PhDs: A - L


Louisa Acciari

Louisa started her ESRC-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2014, exploring the process of unionization of domestic workers in Brazil and their struggle to be recognised as workers. In this projects, she pays particular attention to the intersection of gender, race and class in the construction of social hierarchies and the ways in which it determines the value of women's labour. Her research interests include social movements, industrial relations, feminist political economy, postcoloniality, Brazilian and Latin American politics. She is native speaker in French and Portuguese and fluent in Spanish. 

Louisa was awarded her MSc in Gender Research at LSE Gender in 2013 with distinction. She also holds an MSc in Comparative Politics - Latin America (2011) and a BSc in Political Science (2009) from Science Po Paris. Her professional experience includes policy analysis for the European Commission and market research organisations, as well as research and consultancy for NGOs and the National Union of Students (NUS) in equality and diversity issues. In addition, Louisa has been involved in the student and feminist movement for years both in France and the UK.

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Melissa Chacon

I am a feminist scholar with a MA (research) degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Universidad de Granada (Spain) (Cum Laude), a previous MA (research) degree in Psychosocial Research and a BA in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). The focus of my research has been the understanding of the intersections between concepts of mental health, emotions/affect, violence, and the definition and production of gender identities. I have been also interested in the exploration of innovative research methodologies located midway between the social sciences and the humanities. During the last two years my scholarly inquiry has integrated the exploration of the role of gender/race/class and emotions as social constructs embodying relations of power within war and armed conflict scenarios in Colombia.

For my prospective dissertation: 'Queering violence: affective alignments as heteronormative strategies of social control in Colombia'I seek to investigate how violence is differentiated and endorsed by emotions embedded in heteronormative discourses and cultural practices within the context of war and armed conflict. Focusing my investigation on the five-decades-long Colombian armed conflict I seek to analyze unexplored memories and experiences among an overlooked population of victims: LGBTI communities. My theoretical framework is based on feminist contributions to the fields of emotion and affect studies, human geography, violence and war studies, social theory, and queer theory. This approach incorporates the use of life stories and participatory photography as research methods intended to produce alternative oral and visual narratives able to destabilize and subvert hegemonic discourses and representations of the victims of armed conflict. 


Jenny Chanfreau

Jenny started her PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2015. Her ESRC-funded project will analyse panel and birth cohort data to investigate gender and class differences in career paths and how these have changed over time in the UK. Her research interests include parental employment and the combination of paid work and caring responsibilities.

Jenny completed her MSc in Social Policy (Research) at the LSE with distinction in 2008. Prior to returning to the LSE to start her PhD she worked on as a quantitative data analyst at NatCen Social Research.


Ilana Eloit

Ilana started her LSE funded doctorate at the Department of Gender Studies in 2014, and is currently an associate researcher to the research program GEDI (Genre et discriminations sexistes et homophobes), coordinated by the University of Angers. She has contributed to the Dictionnaire des féministes  to be shortly published by the University Press of France (PUF).

Her doctoral thesis examines the socio-genesis of lesbian collective identities in France in the 1970s and 1980s and their relation to feminist social movements, through the lenses of political, cultural and theoretical circulations between France and the United States. She pays particular attention to the transatlantic controversies revolving around the definition of the political subject of feminism and to the epistemological dissonances between feminist and lesbian subject-positions.

Ilana’s broader research interests include social movements, socio-history of feminist and LGBT movements, lesbian studies, the practices of oral history, epistemology of history, feminist materialism and queer theories.

She holds a BSc and an MA from Sciences Po Paris, an MSc in Gender Studies with Distinction from the University Paris 8, and a BA and MSc in Art History from Paris 1 – La Sorbonne. In 2011, she co-curated with Jonathan D. Katz and Julia Haas an exhibition at the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art on 1970s lesbian-feminist photography in the United States.


Miha Fugina

Miha studied Sinology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, followed by an MA course in Gender Studies at SOAS. He joined the LSE Gender Institute in 2013 to further pursue his research interest around anti-authoritarian thought. In his PhD project, Miha is exploring Chinese anarchist politics of intimacy through a conversation with cognate social and political theories - mainly contemporary anarchist, feminist and queer approaches. So, besides investigating specificities of various Chinese anarchist critiques of marriage and the family, Miha is also thinking about the potential intellectual contribution of Chinese anarchist thought to the contemporary debates on the politics of intimacy.



Jacqui Gibbs

Jacqui joined the Department of Gender Studies in 2014. Her project explores more recent conceptualisations of vulnerability within feminist theory, by considering the framing of vulnerability within current UK policy discourses. Jacqui’s research interests include queer and feminist theories on affect and emotion, narrative, discourse, and temporality.

Prior to joining LSE Gender, Jacqui completed an MA with distinction in Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths University, London, and a Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Politics and Sociology at the Australian National University, Canberra. Jacqui has previously worked as a policy researcher for a community advocacy organisation.


Julia Hartviksen

Julia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2012 with a Bachelors of Social Sciences degree in International Studies and Modern Languages (French Immersion). She completed her Masters of Arts in Global Development Studies in 2014 at Queen’s University, Canada, where she was funded by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

Julia’s doctoral project builds on her previous research and work experience in Guatemala, and explores the materiality of femicide and other forms of violences against women in Guatemala’s Northern Transversal Strip. Her research interests include critical feminist political economy, feminist international relations, violences against women, feminist historical materialism, extractivism, and masculinities. She holds a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a PhD Studentship from the LSE. Julia is also a Visiting Researcher at the Women’s Institute of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City.


Aiko Holvikivi

Aiko joined the Department of Gender Studies in 2015. Her LSE-funded research focuses on gender training for uniformed personnel (military and police) engaged in international interventions. Her doctoral thesis examines gender training materials and practice with a view to identifying how gender knowledge is translated and deployed in military and police institutions, and how such training might help 'do' gender and security differently. Aiko's broader research interests include questions linked to the international 'Women, Peace and Security' -agenda and its implementation, feminist security studies, critical military studies, and the politics of international military interventions and peacebuilding.

Aiko previously worked on questions related to gender and security at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Home Affairs. Her professional experience includes policy research and technical advice and capacity-building in the field of gender and security sector reform. She holds an MA in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and an MA (undergraduate) with First Class Honours in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She is fluent in English, Finnish and French.


Billy Holzberg

Billy Holzberg started his PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2015 in which he examines what role emotions play in the framing of and public reaction to the 'refugee crisis' in Germany. He is interested in theories of affect, queer studies, postcolonial epistemologies and critiques of political economy. He has been awarded an LSE studentship for his doctoral project and is associated with the International Inequalities Institute as a participant of their Leverhulme scholars programme.

Billy holds a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from the Amsterdam University College and an MSc in Culture and Society from LSE’s sociology department where he received the Hobhouse Memorial Prize for the best MSc performance and dissertation in sociology in 2014. Billy works as a freelancer for cultural consultancies and has been engaged with a number of queer, feminist and postcolonial research and activist groups. He is a member of NYLON and an alumnus of the German National Merit Foundation.



Timothy N. Koths

Tim started his PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2017. His project examines how various literary and filmic texts figure transgender and transable subjects as embodied otherness, soma, psyche, agency, identity, sexuality, etc.

Tim was awarded the MPhil from the History of Consciousness Department (UCSC), where he also worked as a teaching fellow.

He holds a joint honours degree in Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies (NYU).

Other research interests: disability, race, affect, body (modifications of; as sensate materiality; as the experientially befitting property of the self), sexology, 'psychopathology' (i.e. paraphilia, compulsions, identity disorders), psychoanalysis, critical prison studies, semiotics. 

Tim was born and raised in S-E Asia, but is unfortunately only fluent in 2 1/2 Western European languages.



Aura Lehtonen

Aura joined the Department of Gender Studies in 2014. Her PhD research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), examines the role of sexuality and intimacy in UK austerity politics since 2010. Exploring the interrelatedness of sexual and gendered concerns to class formations, poverty, inequalities, and the state, her thesis interrogates some of the key ways in which sexuality and intimacy are embedded within the discursive and regulatory functioning of austerity. Aura’s broader research interests include welfare and immigration policy, the state, politics of work, and epistemologies of sexuality.

Aura holds an MSc in Gender with Distinction from the LSE Department of Gender Studies, and a BA in Politics and Chinese (First Class Honours) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Prior to beginning her thesis, Aura worked in a UK charity that supports grassroots campaigners and activists, and she also has a long history of working with organisations that support refugees, asylum seekers, and people held in immigration detention. 

PhDs: M - Z


Magda Muter

Magda started her PhD at the Department of gender Studies in 2017, examining the process of decision making in couples concerning division of labour between partners. Her work focuses on heterosexual couples in contemporary Poland, having their first child. Magda’s research interests include: labour market, negotiations, parental employment and the combination of paid work and caring responsibilities.

Before joining LSE Gender, Magda obtained her MA in Sociology at the College of Inter-Area Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences with distinction and MA in European Studies at the Centre of Europe, both in 2012 at the University of Warsaw. She also holds a MA in Management from Warsaw School of Economics. In addition, Magda has a long history of project-based work, including more than 3-year experience in strategic consultancy.


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Tomas Ojeda

Tomás began his LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2017. His research examines the political place of Chilean psychology in the making up of the ‘sexual subject of diversity’, by analysing the ‘sexual epistemologies’ at work in the so-called turn to diversity in contemporary clinical practice. Tomás’ project also aims to historicise how Chilean psy professionals have told the story of these ‘shifting scenarios’, asking how diversity has changed the terms under which sexuality and the sexual subject are imagined and produced in the present.


Tomás holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Chile and completed his MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities with distinction at the LSE Gender Institute. He is a member of the Engenderings editorial collective, and has worked as a psychotherapist and as an advisor in sex education in Santiago, Chile. His research interests include queer and post/decolonial perspectives on the geopolitics of knowledge production, the pathologisation of non-normative sexualities and genders, and the rise of the so-called ‘gender ideology’ and/or ‘anti-gender’ politics in Latin America.




Priya Raghavan

Priya started her LSE funded doctorate that the Department of Gender Studies in 2016. Her work evaluates discourses around sexual violence in India, and explores possibilities for agency and resistance within gendered regimes of sexual violence.

Prior to joining LSE Gender, Priya worked with feminist NGO Nirantar and New Delhi in its Gender and Sexuality programme. Priya also spend three years with the Economic Development Board of Singapore, working on developing and implementing policy in the natural resource sector.

Priya has a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex; and a BSc in Information Systems Management with a second major in Political Science from the Singapore Management University.



Lindsay Simmonds

Lindsay’s research explores the lives of British orthodox Jewish women (BOJW). She is interested in the marked ways in which the intersection of these identities troubles notions of agency. Lindsay argues that theories of agency concerned with the religious subject must be grounded in real women’s lives; especially those who challenge and shift the notion of the BOJW through their day to day experiences as religious subjects within British society. Her work attempts to challenge as well as employ contemporary theorists, in particular Judith Butler and Saba Mahmood, in their framing of agency of the religious subject. She is particularly interested in Butler’s theory of ‘Cultural Intelligibility’ as it relates to the performance of religious life. She navigates through the pertinent theorists by using interviews with BOJW and exploring contemporary practices within the British orthodox communities. Moving from a binary sense of (only) the mis-act as agentic; through the ‘inhabiting a modality of action’, Lindsay attempts to broaden the meaning of agency – one which evokes the sense that acts reflect religious norms back on to the religious community, such that agentic subjects continually shift ‘traditional’ behavioural norms, and in turn, what might be considered intelligible. 

Lindsay’s received her BSc in Speech and Language Pathology from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, before studying in Jerusalem, Israel for five years in institutions which promoted post-graduate Jewish Studies for women (Nishmat and Midreshet Lindenbaum); subjects included: Talmud, Jewish Law, Biblical Narrative Analysis and Jewish Philosophy. On her return to the UK, she graduated as a Susi Bradfield Scholar from the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) and received her MSc in Gender Studies from the LSE’s Department of Gender Studies in 2009.

In 1998, Lindsay became a faculty member of the LSJS where she has lectured, written and convened courses for over 15 years, focussing on women in Biblical narrative and women in Jewish Law and the Talmud. She lectures at Kings’ College London, for the United Synagogue and at Jewish communities throughout the UK. She speaks at national and international conferences on Judaism and Gender, writes regularly for the Jewish Chronicle and is involved in several UK projects promoting orthodox Jewish women’s ritual participation and leadership. She has appeared on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour, Beyond Belief and the world service. Lindsay is also involved in several inter-faith projects and is a member of the Cambridge Co-Exist Leadership Programme.


Leonie Taylor

Leonie is a first year PhD student who began her ESRC-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2017. Her research will use attention to affect to explore the (im)possibilities of decolonial solidarity in contemporary British contexts of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia. She is interested in the relationship between religion, representation and feminist subjectivity. Leonie’s broader research interests include theories of affect, subjectivity, postcolonial epistemology and sexuality.

Leonie holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics Gender Institute. Prior to her PhD, Leonie worked in policy, fundraising and research roles in the charity sector for different domestic violence and women’s rights organisations. These included Woman’s Trust, Women for Women International, Gender Action for Peace and Security and the Women’s Budget Group.


Hannah Wright

Hannah started her ESRC-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2016. Her thesis focuses on understanding the relationship between gendered organisational cultures and discourses in foreign policy-making institutions and approaches to international peace and security. Hannah also works as a Researcher at the LSE's Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Previously, Hannah worked as a policy adviser on gender, peace and security issues for Saferworld, an international peacebuilding NGO, where she conducted research and analysis on gender and conflict in the Middle East, North Africa, South and Central Asia, as well as doing advocacy toward national and international policymakers. She has also worked as a researcher in the UK Parliament with a focus on foreign policy issues, and prior to that worked with a women’s rights organisation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Hannah holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Gender and International Relations from the University of Bristol. Email: