Wendy Sigle

Head of the Department of Gender Studies and Professor of Gender and Family Studies 


Walaa Alqaisiya

Walaa Alqaisiya

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Sexuality and Conflict


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Jacob Breslow

Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality



Clare Hemmings

Professor of Feminist Theory

Professor Hemmings is on sabbatical leave 2019-20, returning in January 2021 so will not be taking on research students until 2021/2.


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Marsha Henry

Associate Professor



Naila Kabeer

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

Professor Kabeer is on sabbatical leave 2019-20.


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Ece Kocabiçak

Teaching Fellow in Globalisation, Gender and Development


Daniel Luther

Daniel Luther

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Film and Media


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Sumi Madhok

Associate Professor of Transnational Gender Studies



Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor of Gender, Development and Globalisation

Dr Patel-Campillo is on sabbatical leave during Michaelmas Term 2019.


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Ania Plomien

Assistant Professor of Gender and Social Science

Dr Plomien is on sabbatical leave during Michaelmas Term 2019.


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Leticia Sabsay

Associate Professor of Gender and Contemporary Culture



Nazanin Shahrokni

Assistant Professor of Gender and Globalisation



Emma Spruce

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights


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Aisling Swaine

Associate Professor of Gender and Security 



Sadie Wearing

Associate Professor of Gender Theory, Culture and Film


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.


 Lucia Pedrioli

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Events Coordinator and MSc Programmes Assistant

Lucia provides administrative support to faculty and students of the Department of Gender Studies, and manages departmental communications and social media. She also manages our public events programmes and student activities.


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 (European Institute and 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) 

Charis Thompson (Department of Sociology)

 Imaobong Umoren (Department of International History)

Emerita Faculty and Visiting Scholars 

Emerita Faculty


Mary Evans

Leverhulme Emeritus Professor at the Department of Gender Studies.


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Diane Perrons

Professor Emerita in Feminist Political Economy.


 Visiting Fellow/Professorial appointments

These appointments are intended to help us to invite staff who are academics in other institutions to conduct research, or be involved in other activities which will benefit the Department.  

We would particularly like to encourage applications from people whose work explores the Department’s current priority research themes.  We usually have two to three visitors per annum.

Click here to learn more about,  apply to the Visiting Fellow scheme and to see our current, past and future visiting scholars. 

Registered PhDs: A - L

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Alia Amirali

I began my PhD in Gender Studies at LSE in 2019. My dissertation aims to explore political subjectivities of Pakistani domestic workers in Islamabad and the possibilities for collective action that arise therefrom. In addition to being fascinated by the idea (and processes and stories) of ‘becoming’, I am interested in exploring and engaging with prevailing theoretical discourses on politics, and would particularly like to break out of 'poststructuralist' versus 'Marxist' versus ‘feminist’ binaries which (in my view) have debilitated, rather than strengthened, the fight against neoliberalism.

Prior to joining the LSE, I was living and working in Pakistan, where I have been a Left political worker (currently associated with the Awami Workers Party in Pakistan). I have also been teaching Gender Studies at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, since 2011, and to which I hope to return after finishing the PhD.


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Melissa Chacon

Melissa began her LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2017. Her research explores lived and embodied experiences of conflict-related violence and everyday violence in the life course of sexual minorities in Colombia. Melissa's broader research interests include feminist and queer theory, memory and trauma studies, theories of affect and emotion, and ethnographic and visual research methods.  

Melissa holds a MA (research) degree in Women's and Gender Studies (cum laude) from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Universidad de Granada (Spain), a previous MA (research) degree in Psychosocial Research and a BA in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). She is a member of the Engenderings editorial collective and co-edits the multilingual and transnational feminist newsletter Nomadas with a group of feminist colleagues. Prior to joining LSE Gender, Melissa worked in academic and private organizations conducting social research projects and program evaluation employing quantitative and qualitative research methods.  



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.


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.



 Zuzana Dancikova

I started my ESRC-funded PhD in 2018. Focusing on father’s leaves in Slovakia, I aim to explore how policy affects behaviour, how these effects are constrained by cultural attitudes and in turn how cultural attitudes are transformed. I am interested in whether, to what extent and how policy can contribute to a more equal sharing of paid and unpaid labour by heterosexual parents.  

I previously worked as an analyst at the Ministry of Finance in Slovakia focusing on health care. I also spent four years with Transparency International as an anti-corruption analyst and activist.

I hold an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the LSE, as well as an MA in Economic Policy and International Relations and a BA in European Studies and Media Studies from the Masaryk University.



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.


Registered PhDs: M - Z

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Alanah Mortlock

I started my ESRC-funded PhD at the LSE Department of Gender Studies in 2019. My project aspires to make a Black.Feminist.Queer intervention into Black Ontology by producing an analysis of “transracialism” and racial-passing as phenomena that trouble the borders and boundaries of blackness. My research interests include Black (and) Queer Feminist thought, theories of identity, affect and phenomenology, and feminist epistemologies.


I hold a BSc in Psychology from the University of Warwick, and an MSc in Gender (Distinction) from the Department of Gender Studies, LSE.



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.



Niharika Pandit

Niharika began her LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2018. Her research examines gender, militarisation and the narratives of home, specifically in Kashmir. She is interested in reconfiguring the boundaries of home, questioning its conceptual fixity when complicated by the processes of militarisation to understand newer forms of be/longing and resistance. Her research is grounded in gender and affect theory, postcolonial thought and transnational feminist epistemologies.

Niharika holds an MA in Gender Studies as a Felix Scholar from SOAS, University of London and a bachelor’s in Journalism from Sophia College, Mumbai. She is a member of the Engenderings editorial collective. Prior to PhD, Niharika co-researched a project on the reporting of violence against women and girls in Indian newspapers. She has also been part of a research group of University of Melbourne scholars developing a framework for intersectional analysis of gendered violence in the media. Her research interests lie at the intersection(s) of gender, militarisation, sexuality, disability and the media. She has worked as a research and development practitioner in India.


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.



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: