Wendy Sigle

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


Walaa Alqaisiya

Walaa Alqaisiya

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Peace and Security

Dr Alqaisiya is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2.


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Jacob Breslow

Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality

Dr Breslow is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2.


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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 Summer Term 2021.


Aiko Holvikivi

Aiko Holvikivi

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Holvikivi is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2




Naila Kabeer

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


Daniel Luther

Daniel Luther

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Film and Media

Dr Luther is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2.


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Sumi Madhok

Associate Professor of Transnational Gender Studies

Deputy Head of Department (Research)

Dr Madhok is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2 as she will be on sabbatical leave.


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Sharmila Parmanand

Teaching fellow in Gender and Human Rights 





Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor of Gender, Development and Globalisation

Dr Patel-Campillo is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2.


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Ania Plomien

Assistant Professor of Gender and Social Science

Dr Plomien is on research leave 2020/21.


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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

Dr Shahrokni is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2.



Emma Spruce

Teaching Fellow in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights

Dr Spruce is not taking on new doctoral students 2021/2.



Sadie Wearing

Associate Professor of Gender Theory, Culture and Film

Dr Wearing is on sabbatical leave MT/LT 2020/1 and MT 2021.


Professional Services Staff

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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 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.



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Lucia Pedrioli

Events Coordinator and MSc Programmes Assistant

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



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Becka White

Engagement Officer

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) 

Charis Thompson (Department of Sociology)

 Imaobong Umoren (Department of International History)

Emerita Faculty and Visiting Scholars 


Mary Evans

Leverhulme Emeritus Professor at the Department of Gender Studies.



Niraja Gopal Jayal

Centennial Professor.


Gail Lewis

Gail Lewis

Visiting Senior Fellow.


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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

Nour began her LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2019. Her research explores processes of political subjectivation and articulations of political agency under conditions of dispossession and precarity produced by ongoing state administrative violence within a specific and historicised context of statelessness in Kuwait. The research navigates epistemological and political questions around subalternity and subaltern politics, gendered modes of protest, strategies of resistance, biopolitics, and practices of Othering.

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 Kuwaiti women’s political participation and mobilisations. She has also previously worked with feminist campaign Abolish 153 and Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy in Kuwait. Her research interests are located within transnational feminist epistemologies, decolonial feminist praxis, queer theory, psychoanalysis, affect theory, contentious politics, and feminist political philosophy.


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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.  



 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.


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Lizzie Hobbs

I began my PhD in Gender Studies at LSE in 2019 and I am funded by the GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. My project explores the impact of displacement upon perceptions of masculinities. My work has two core components, firstly exploring disruptions to hegemonic masculinities within humanitarian contexts in Kurdistan Iraq. The second part explores the strategic uses of imagery surrounding refugee masculinities in order to fuel hostile narratives in a UK context.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a researcher in Uganda on a project looking at mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for frontline national staff in refugee settlements. I have also worked in the development sector in India. I am involved in civil society movements related to refugee rights and asylum reform, I am a long-term volunteer for Refugee Rights Europe and Hackney Migrant Centre.

I have 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.



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Lucas Mantilla Garino

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

Alanah started her ESRC-funded PhD at the LSE Department of Gender Studies in 2019. Her project examines how discourses of “transracialism” both use and inflect theorisations of Blackness through a critical lens invested in Black feminist, queer and trans scholarships and politics. Her research interests include Black feminisms, theorisations and epistemologies of Blackness, mixed-raceness, 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

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.

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Florence Waller-Carr

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 

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

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. 



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.