Wendy Sigle

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


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Milo Bettocchi

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies


Jacob Breslow

Jacob Breslow

Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality



Alessandro Castellini

LSE Gender Guest Teacher


Hasret Cetinkaya

Hasret Cetinkaya

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies



Kate Gilchrist

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies


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Clare Hemmings

Professor of Feminist Theory

Doctoral Programme Director


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Marsha Henry

Associate Professor

Dr Henry will be on sabbatical leave in Michaelmas term 2021.


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Aiko Holvikivi

Assistant Professor in Gender, Peace and Security



Naila Kabeer

Professor of Gender and Development at the Department of Gender Studies and at the Department of International Development (Naila is no longer accepting applications for PhD students in the department)


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Sumi Madhok

Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies

Professor Madhok is on sabbatical leave for 1 year from Lent term 2022.


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Sharmila Parmanand

ESRC postdoctoral fellow 



Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor of Gender, Development and Globalisation


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Ania Plomien

Associate Professor of Gender and Social Science
Deputy Head of Department (Research)


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Samar 'SM' Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Gender, Rights and Human Rights


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Leticia Sabsay

Associate Professor of Gender and Contemporary Culture

Deputy Head of Department (Teaching)



Nazanin Shahrokni

Assistant Professor of Gender and Globalisation



Sadie Wearing

Associate Professor of Gender Theory, Culture and Film

Dr Wearing is on sabbatical leave in Michaelmas term 2021.


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.



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Kate Steward

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

Kate manages 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.



Gabriela Chase

Gabriela Chase

MSc Programmes Administrator

Gabriela is responsible for all aspects of MSc administration and assessment at the Department of Gender Studies and can also help with general LSE Gender enquiries.



Becka White

Becka White

Communications Manager

Becka supports the Department’s outreach and engagement activities as well as external communications. She also manages the Department's social media channels. 


Advisory Committee

Suki Ali (Department of Sociology)

Sarah Ashwin (Department of Management) 

Shakuntala Banaji (Department of Media and Communications)

Lilie Chouliaraki (Department of Media and Communications) 

Ernestina Coast (Department of Social Policy)

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) 

 Imaobong Umoren (Department of International History)

Emerita Faculty and Visiting Scholars 


Mary Evans

Visiting Professor 



Shirin Rai

Visiting Professor




Niraja Gopal Jayal

Centennial Professor.


Gail Lewis

Gail Lewis

Visiting Senior Fellow.



Vron Ware

Visiting Professor


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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. 

PhD Students

Nour Almazidi

Nour Almazidi

Supervisory team: Dr Sumi Madhok and Prof John Chalcraft

Nour began her LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2019. Her research aims to focus on intersectionally gendered processes of political subjectivation under conditions of statelessness in Kuwait. Her scholarship uses oral history methodology to centre the stateless Bidoon’s political struggles and lived experiences. Her research interests include feminist political theory, contentious politics, transnational feminist epistemologies, queer feminist theory, and citizenship. 

Nour holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Birmingham, and an MSc in Gender from the LSE. Prior to joining the department, Nour worked as a Researcher at LSE Middle East Centre focusing on women’s political participation in Kuwait. She is a member of the editorial collective for the Engenderings blog. 


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Alia Amirali

Supervisory team: Dr Sumi Madhok and Dr Sadie Wearing

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

Supervisory team: Dr Leticia Sabsay and Professor Clare Hemmings

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.  



Zuzana Dančíková 

Supervisory team: Dr Ania Plomien and Professor Wendy Sigle

Zuzana is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

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.


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Lizzie Hobbs

Supervisory team: Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Kirsten Ainley

Lizzie is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Lizzie began her PhD in Gender Studies at LSE in 2019 and is part of the GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. Her research focuses on feminist readings of masculinities, discourse and processes of bordering. She questions the ways in which discourses on migrant masculinites are utilised to justify violent border regimes and anti-migrant politics. She works at Hackney Migrant Centre and several other organisations in the migrant rights sector in London and this forms the basis of her research. Prior to starting her PhD, Lizzie worked as a researcher in Uganda on a project looking at mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for frontline national staff in refugee settlements. Lizzie has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Exeter and a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London. She is a member of the editorial collective for the Engenderings blog..



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Lucas Mantilla Garino

Supervisory team: Dr Sumi Madhok and Dr Leticia Sabsay

Lucas started their LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2020. Their research examines how coloniality mediates political subjectivation processes among urban queer* / dissident activisms in Abya Yala / Latin America. Lucas' study also evaluates the spatio-temporally differentiated influences of coloniality within the region, with a particular emphasis on transnational dynamics between / within the Southern Cone and Andean subregions.  

Lucas holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'études politiques de Paris) and a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University. Their research interests are decolonial theory / decolonial feminist theory, dissident & queer* & anti-normative activisms, transnational discourses on genders and sexualities, masculinities, and social policy. 



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Alanah Mortlock

Supervisory team: Dr Sadie Wearing and Dr Leticia Sabsay

Alanah is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Alanah started her ESRC-funded PhD at the LSE Department of Gender Studies in 2019. Her project analyses how popular and academic discourses of “transracialism” both use and inflect theorisations of Blackness, using a critical lens invested in Black feminist and trans scholarships and politics. Her research interests include Black feminisms, theorisations and epistemologies of Blackness, mixed-raceness and racial ambiguity, theories of identity, and the intersections of gender, race and sexuality. 

Alanah holds an MSc in Gender from the LSE and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Warwick. She is a member of the editorial collective for the Engenderings blog.



Magda Muter

Supervisory team: Dr Ania Plomien and Professor Diane Perrons

Magda started her ESRC-funded 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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Tomás Ojeda

Supervisory team: Dr Leticia Sabsay and Professor Clare Hemmings

Tomás began his LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2017. His research examines the so-called ‘diversity turn’ in the psy disciplines by analysing the articulation of a growing field of expertise on sexual and gender diversity that traverses the spaces of the clinic, activism and academic research. Tomás’ project also analyses the psychic and affective life of diversity in post-dictatorship Chile, interrogating psychology’s political place within global shifts in contemporary regimes of subjectivity and forms of sexual and gender regulation. His research interests include queer and feminist theory, psychosocial studies, critical approaches to normalising and pathologising practices within psychotherapy, sexual dissidence, LGBTI activisms, ‘gender ideology’ and anti-gender politics in Latin America.

Tomás holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology – line of specialisation in psychoanalysis – from the University of Chile, and completed his MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities at 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. 


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Niharika Pandit

Supervisory team: Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Sumi Madhok

Niharika is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Niharika began her LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2018. Her research examines everyday politics and practices of living under military occupation in the Kashmir valley. Her ethnographic research explores questions of space, time and bodies to understand how minutiae of everyday life co-constitute coloniality of postcolonial states and the complex ways in which liberal democracies deploy militarism. Her research is grounded in feminist, anticolonial 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 Media Studies and Journalism from Sophia College, Mumbai. She is a member of Engenderings editorial collective. Prior to PhD, Niharika co-researched a project on reporting of violence against women and girls in Indian newspapers. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, sexuality, anti-colonial and anti-militarist feminist thought, and the politics of representation. She has previously worked in editorial, research and practitioner roles. Her writings have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, The Polis Project, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, Index on Censorship, among others.



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Florence Waller-Carr

Supervisory team: Dr Marsha Henry and Professor Clare Hemmings

Florence started her ESRC funded research at the LSE Gender Department in 2020. Her research explores the discursive realities of the creation and implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and wider policy frameworks on gender, peace, and security.  Her research aims to understand who gets to shape the agenda through the creation and regulation of discursive terrains, where the WPS agenda is located, and how this location is stipulated through language. 

Florence has previously worked in Policy and Advocacy roles for Plan International and UN Women where her work focused on girls' rights in conflict and humanitarian contexts and youth advocacy. She is also the Co-Founder of 'Our Generation for Inclusive Peace' a global youth led initiative that works to make current structures and practice in peace and security spaces more inclusive, intersectional, and decolonised. Florence holds a master's degree in Women, Peace and Security from the LSE Gender Department and undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology from The University of Manchester.


Senel Wanniarachchi

Senel Wanniarachchi 

Supervisory team: Professor Clare Hemmings and Dr Jacob Breslow

Senel began his LSE-funded PhD in 2020. His research examines Sri Lankan artefacts in British Museums and attempts to investigate how these objects were appropriated in the colonial process of knowledge production. He’s interested in exploring and theorizing how imaginaries of history and culture are mobilized to legitimize nationalist, patriarchal and heteronormative frameworks in the postcolony. In Sri Lanka, Senel co-founded an organization called Hashtag Generation, which works in the intersections of human rights and technology. Senel is a board member of the Innovation for Change South Asia Hub, a network of human rights defenders and civil society organizations working to protect the civic space across South Asia. He has worked with international peacebuilding organizations including IREX and Search for Common Ground as well as Sri Lankan research and activist organizations such as the Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Uva Shakthi Foundation. Senel holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Colombo and an MSc in Human Rights from the LSE.  



Claire Wilmot

Supervisory team: Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Kirsten Ainley

Claire began her UKRI GCRF funded PhD in 2019. Her research examines how changes in law and policies around sexual and gender-based violence occur and are experienced at the level of implementation. Taking political “transitions” as a point of departure for analysis, her research explores how these moments may open opportunities to renegotiate gendered power in justice systems.

Claire also works part time as a research officer on the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub at LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Prior to joining LSE, Claire worked at the Global Justice Lab at the University of Toronto, where she worked with government officials and civil society groups on applied research projects to support justice reform strategies in Nigeria, Canada, the United States, and Pakistan. She also worked as a research assistant at the Wayamo Foundation. She holds a Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.