Clare Hemmings

Director of the Department of Gender Studies and Professor of Feminist Theory.



Jacob Breslow

Teaching Fellow in Transnational Sexuality and Gender Studies



Mary Evans

LSE Centennial Professor at the Department of Gender Studies.



Marsha Henry

Associate Professor and Deputy 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.



Ece Kocabicak

Ece Kocabicak

Teaching Fellow in Globalisation, Gender and Development.



Sumi Madhok

Associate Professor of Transnational Gender Studies.



Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor of Gender, Development and Globalisation.



Diane Perrons

Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies.



Ania Plomien

Assistant Professor in Gender and Social Science.



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




Dr Aisling Swaine

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



Sadie Wearing

Lecturer in Gender Theory, Culture and Media.


Punam Yadav

Punam Yadav

Seminar Leader at the LSE Gender and Research Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.


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.



Kate Steward


Manager (MSc Programmes, Events and Communications)

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 for the organisation, programming and delivery of LSE Gender public events. She runs the Department's social media presence and is the first contact for any LSE Gender enquiries.



 Helen Groves

Helen 2

Assistant (MSc Programmes and Communications)

Helen is new to the department and assists Kate with all aspects of administration for the LSE Gender MSc Programmes. Helen is based in the LSE Gender Reception (TW1.11.01.B) with Kate and can help with any enquires.



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)

Christine Chinkin (Centre for Women Peace & Security)

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)

Linda Mulcahy (Department of Law/PhD Academy)

Anne Phillips (Department of Government)

Coretta Phillips (Department of Social Policy)

Hakan Seckinelgin (Department of Social Policy)

Alpa Shah (Department of Anthropology) 



Shakuntala Banaji

I’m currently working on two major projects one in Europe ( and one in the Middle East and North Africa ( both of them examining the connections between sociocultural environments and young people’s political and civic creativity in offline and online environmentments. Fascinating issues with respect to gender and sexuality, and the ways in which young people decide to or are constrained to mobilise around these have emerged from our case studies of creative civic practice. As I’m on sabbatical this term, I’ve recently travelled to Greece to present my findings about the multitude of young people’s creative participatory practices for the European project, and to Sharjah to collaborate with my co-Investigator on the Personalised media project.

I’ve had two new books out recently: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change. (London and New York: Routledge) in 2016 and Youth Participation in Europe: Stories of Hope and Disillusion. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) with Cammaerts et al. in 2015.

In the past year I’ve delivered keynotes at IAMCR (Leicester 2016 ) about the need to decolonise global communications scholarship; and at MeccSa 2017 about the uneven and unequal development being pushed in India under the guise of digitisation. I will be delivering the Estonian Sociological Association Keynote in Tallinn this month on young people, democracy and online civic cultures, and in June I will travel to Fudan University in China to deliver lectures as co-chair of the Fudan-Harvard Yenching Institute workshop on new media, gender and sexuality. 


Dr Denisa Kostovicova

Dr Denisa Kostovicova is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Department of Government at London School of Economics and Political Science. She has was educated at Central European University (M.A.) and Cambridge University (M.Phil., Ph.D.). She also held Junior Research Fellowships at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Linacre College, Oxford. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as a journalist during the wars of Yugoslavia’s dissolution in 1990s, reporting for the CNN World Report and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others. 

Denisa’s research deals with transition from war to peace, with a particular focus on understanding the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction from the perspective of the people on the ground. She is the author of Kosovo: The Politics of Identity and Space (2005), and co-editor of a number of special issues and books including Transnationalism in the Balkans (2008), Persistent State Weakness in the Global Age (2009), Bottom-up Politics: An Agency-Centred Approach to Globalization (2011), and Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (2013), as well as numerous academic articles and analytic pieces as well as blogs (for example, see her blog on Researching Transitional Justice in the Balkans

Denisa contributes regularly to public debates and to international and UK media, with comments on post-conflict state-building and reconstruction, war crimes, and transitional justice. Also, she is committed to knowledge-exchange with international and national policy-makers, having authored reports for the EU and the UN.

Her research has been supported by numerous grants, such as MacArthur Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, the EU's 7th Framework Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), among others.

In 2015-16, Denisa was awarded the Leverhulme Research Fellowship. She conducted a programme of research investigating the merits of a regional approach to post-conflict justice which is the subject of the monograph that she is writing.

In 2016, with her collaborators at King’s College London and University of the Arts London, Denisa was awarded funding through the Large Grant scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the Conflict Theme of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), for a two-year project ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community.’ This inter-disciplinary project investigates post-conflict reconciliation by combining history, political science, art and creative practice, to find out and assess the potential of artistic practices and artefacts to play a role in inter-communal conflict resolution, remembrance, forgetting and forgiving (

Denisa has a strong interest in a gender dimension of peace-building, and, particularly, of post-conflict justice and justice-seeking. An aspect of her current research project is about the contribution of women to justice-seeking. As a member of the Conflict Research Group, based at the LSE’s Department of Government, she organised public events that focused on breaking the stigma and addressing war-time rape through art in post-conflict Kosovo with artist Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, ( and on sexual assaults on women in US military serving in missions in Afghanistan and Iraq with author Helen Benedict and other panellists ( Also, she is the co-coordinator of the Bosnia and Herzegovina work-package of the ESRC Strategic Network on Gender Violence Across War and Peace based at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

She has recently given a TEDxLSE ‘What we would have known’ on the bottom-up politics, research methods, and responsibility of political scientists. 

What we would have known What we would have known
Denisa Kostovicova gives talk on the bottom-up politics, research methods, and responsibility of political scientists.




Alpa Shah

Alpa Shah is an LSE Associate Professor in Anthropology. She directs the Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty, exploring how and why India’s low castes remain at the bottom of the social and economic hierarchy despite economic growth. She is the author of ‘In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India’. She has published more than twenty-five essays and journal articles and has edited seven volumes on issues ranging from affirmative action, agrarian change, revolution in India and Nepal, emancipatory politics, the underbelly of the Indian boom, and Adivasi and Dalit political pathways. She has also scripted programmes and reported for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.

Alpa iscurrently completing two books. The first is a co-authored book on social inequality exploring how neoliberal capitalism in India has expanded through entrenching the intersection between class, caste and gender. Over the next year Alpa will be working on a photo exhibition based on this book to be exhibited at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS in Autumn 2017 and on hosting young Tribal Scholars from India at the LSE. Her second book project is on the world’s longest standing armed revolutionary struggle - India’s Maoist inspired Naxalite movement –and is based on extensive long-term ethnographic field research in guerrilla strongholds. Alpa is delighted to have been invited to deliver her last keynote lecture in Ranchi city, the capital of Jharkhand where she has conducted years of fieldwork. It was entitled, ‘The Wonders of Adivasis: Emancipated Women, Feminist Men and the Threats to Gender Relations in Jharkhand’


Visiting Scholars

Current Research Fellows

Dr Alexandra Hyde, Vera Douie Research Fellow

Dr Yv E. Nay, SNSF Research Fellow

Current Visiting Fellows and Professors

Prof. Sonia Correa, Visiting Leverhulme Professor - Michaelmas Term, 2016 & Michaelmas 2017

Kimberle Crenshaw, LSE Centennial Professor 2016-9

Jo Morris, LSE Visiting Professor in Practice

Gabriele Griffin, Visiting Professor 2016-9

Dr Charlotte Niemisto, Visiting Fellow - September/October, 2017

Dr. Antke Engel, Visiting Senior Fellow - 2017/18





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.


 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 started her ESRC-funded doctoral research at the Department of Gender Studies in 2014, exploring the role of sexuality and sexual regulation within recent welfare and immigration policy in the UK. Her research interests include citizenship and state building, inequalities and social justice, theories of affect and the psyche, questions of epistemology, and queer theory.Aura completed her MSc in Gender with distinction at the GI in 2011, and has a BA in Politics and Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She has a long history of working with refugees and people in immigration detention, and her professional experience also includes training and advice for campaigners and activists. 


Magdalena Mikulak

Magdalena joined the Deparment of Gender Studies as a PhD student in September 2013. She holds a BA in Study of Religions and Hispanic Studies and an MA in Contemporary Religions from University College Cork, Ireland.

Her LSE funded research looks at the phenomenon of religiously motivated reparative therapy (sexual orientation conversion therapy) in contemporary Poland. In this project she examines the ways in which negotiations around sexuality come to bear on postsocialist modernity, paying particular attention to questions of class and the effects of socio-political transformation that took place in Poland post 1989, and using reparative therapy as a site from which the complexity and ambivalence of such negotiations can be engaged with.

Magdalena's research interests include – but are not limited to – sexuality, modernity, postsocialism, religion, LGBTQI activism, class, Central and Eastern Europe, globalization, social change, and transnational movements.


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.


Swati Narayan

Swati is at LSE Gender as a visiting research student in 2017 on a Commonwealth Scholarship. She is a PhD research scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) since 2014. Her doctorate focuses on 'South Asia's Human Development Puzzle' across Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. 

She has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2003 and an MA in Management from TISS in 2000. Prior to starting her PhD she worked for a decade on policy research with several civil society organisations including Oxfam in India. She is also a social activist on the right to food and education.


Tomas Ojeda

Tomas Ojeda

Tomás has recently started his LSE-funded doctoral studies at LSE Gender. His research project examines normative issues regarding psychotherapy with LGBT people and “LGBT psychology”, by problematising the sexual epistemologies at work and their place within broader discussions on sexual and gender diversity, sexual citizenship and neoliberalism in Chile. Tomás is interested in the links between sexuality, power and psychotherapy, critical perspectives on sexual and gender diversity, emerging discourses on so-called gender ideology in Latin America, and the sexual politics of neoliberalism. 

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 research member of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Subjectivity and Social Change, and has worked as a psychotherapist and as an advisor in sex education. He also has been engaged professionally with questions related to knowledge production on sexuality and gender, its transmission and practice in different contexts, such as schools, academia and activism.



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.


Amanda Shaw

Amanda's research explores feminist development alternatives, agrarian change, ecology, and inequalities in Hawai’i. She completed her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization at LSE Gender in 2007 and has worked in government and women’s rights issues in the US, UK and Argentina. She continues to offer consulting support to research and advocacy organizations working on issues of gender, environment and social change.  Her research interests include feminist development alternatives, feminist economics, social movements, queer theory, theories of affect and art practice in social science research.  


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 Gender Institute 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: