Head of Department: Professor Wendy Sigle
Interim Department Manager: Damian Roberts
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Wendy Sigle

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


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Milo Miller

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies


Jacob Breslow

Jacob Breslow

Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality

Dr Breslow is currently on medical leave.


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Hasret Cetinkaya

Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow



Carrie Hamilton

Course Tutor


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Clare Hemmings

Professor of Feminist Theory


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Marsha Henry

Associate Professor and Doctoral Programme Director

Dr Henry is on research leave until the end of Summer Term (16 June).


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Aiko Holvikivi

Assistant Professor in Gender, Peace and Security

Dr Holvikivi is on leave until the 2023-24 academic year.


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Sumi Madhok

Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies



Niharika Pandit

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies


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Sharmila Parmanand

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies 



Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor of Gender, Development and Globalisation.

Dr Patel-Campillo is currently on medical leave.


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Ania Plomien

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



Maria Rashid

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies


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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


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Sadie Wearing

Associate Professor of Gender Theory, Culture and Film

Dr Wearing is on research leave until the end of Summer Term (16 June).


Professional Services Staff


Damian Roberts

Interim Departmental Manager


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Catherine Perry

Taught Programmes & Student Affairs Manager

Catherine manages the taught programmes at the Department of Gender Studies. She is responsible for the academic administration of all our Masters programmes.


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Kate Steward

Research Environment Manager

Kate is the manager of the PhD Programme and supports the Department's research activities, including all public events. 



Violet Fox

Communications Manager 

Violet supports the Department’s outreach and engagement activities as well as external communications. The post holder also manages the Department's social media channels. 



Visitors, Affiliates and Emeritus

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Emily Cousens
Affiliated LSE100 Fellow



Mary Evans
Emeritus Leverhulme Professor



Niraja Gopal Jayal
Centennial Professor


Gail Lewis

Gail Lewis
Visiting Senior Fellow



Tomás Ojeda 
Visiting Fellow


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Diane Perrons
Professor Emerita in Feminist Political Economy



Shirin Rai
Visiting Professor



Vron Ware
Visiting Professor


Information about how to apply to be Visiting Scholar can be found here.

Doctoral Researchers

Aynura Akbas

Aynura Akbas

Supervisory team: Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Ania Plomien

Aynura started her LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2021. Her research focuses on Bosnian women veterans' experiences both in the military and after, emphasising their different gendered experiences within the framework of female life story. She is particularly interested in how their gendered military identity was constructed and negotiated, made sense of, regulated, and dealt with in Bosnian contemporary history. Her study is based on a wide range of sources, collected through a combination of extensive archival work and oral history interviews.

Prior to joining LSE Gender, Aynura obtained her Mres degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. She also works at the War Childhood Museum where she is involved in coordinating research projects focused on lived experiences of individuals whose childhoods have been affected by an armed conflict. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender,  war, and militarism, with a focus on Southeast Europe.


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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Oumou Longley 

Oumou began her ESRC funded PhD at the LSE Department of Gender Studies in 2021. Her research explores the makings of  Black life in archival material. She aims to question representations of Blackness by examining different modes of reading Black feminist experiences through the archive. With interest in the everyday informal and fugitive ways that Black lives document and archive themselves, her research explores these spaces as an opportunity to think through ways of envisioning Black feminist pasts, presents, and futures.   

Oumou’s research interests orientate around questions of gender, race, archives and belonging through varying perspectives on Black feminism, Representation, Afro-pessimism, and auto-ethnography.  In 2018 she undertook an MSc Gender in the LSE gender department, having completed her undergraduate degree at UCL. As a part of the ICA New Creatives scheme she has produced audio work centring oral histories from Black community archives.



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Luma (Lucas) Mantilla Garino

Supervisory team: Dr Sumi Madhok and Dr Leticia Sabsay

Luma started their LSE-funded PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2020. Their research examines the political subjectivation processes, meaning-making practices, and epistemic registers of disidencias sexo-genéricas (sex-gender dissidences) in Quito, Ecuador, and Abya Yala/Latinoamérica more broadly. Luma’s project also explores themes relating to: (dis)identification, Whiteness/mestizaje, aesthetics, memory, affect, political transversality, and marika/cuir/dissident activisms in Latin America. 

Luma holds a MA in Social Policy from Sciences Po Paris and a BA from Wesleyan University. They are a member of the ‘Engenderings’ editorial collective. Their research interests include perreo, counter-normative sexualities, transnational migration studies, elite studies, decolonizing academia, and anti-productivism



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Alanah Mortlock

Supervisory team: Dr Sadie Wearing and Dr SM Rodriguez

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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Florence Waller-Carr

Supervisory team: Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Aiko Holvikivi

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 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. 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 Sadie Wearing

Senel began his LSE-funded PhD in 2020. His research is interested in understanding how discourses on ‘culture’ and ‘heritage’ are instrumentalised in frameworks that are anti-imperialist, but also nationalist, patriarchal, heteronormative and anti-human rights in the postcolony. He has an MSc in Human Rights from the LSE which he followed on a Chevening Scholarship as well as a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, Senel co-founded an activist organization called Hashtag Generation which works in the intersections of human rights and technology. His upcoming research is set to appear on the Cultural Politics Journal and the Handbook on Contemporary Sri Lanka. 



Ana Marina Gam

Ana Marina Gamba

Marina is a visiting PhD student at the Department of Gender Studies from Lausanne University in Switzerland. Her research, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SFNS), examines the discourses and aesthetics of vulnerability in contemporary Latin American literature written by women. She is particularly interested in establishing a dialogue between contemporary feminist approaches to vulnerability and interrelationality and fictional narratives of different forms of precarious experiences, with a special focus on the implications it can have in relating violence, victimhood, and trauma.

Marina holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and an Advanced Master’s degree in Iberoamerican Studies from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Her research interests include contemporary Latin American literature and cinema, feminist and queer theory, affect theory, and memory studies




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.

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 International Development)

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)