Susanne Hofmann is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, hosted by the Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) at the LSE, and collaborating with the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social-CIESAS (Unidad Golfo), Mexico.
In previous studies, she analysed the impacts of policies aimed at protecting women and other population groups deemed vulnerable to violence and exploitation. Core to her interests has been the nexus of the professionalisation of feminist anti-violence movements in contemporary Latin America, the judicialisation and bureaucratisation of activist strategies, and the sexual-economic self-realisation projects of marginalised people.
Her current research project explores the ways in which, together, organised crime and securitised local resource conflicts impact on the insecurity and violence that women experience in the interoceanic industrial corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico. Focusing on the protection of women from the risk of becoming a victim of violent crime, her study examines the co-production of security through state, corporate and community actors. It scrutinises how different community actors respond to gendered forms of insecurity, paying particular attention to citizen-led security efforts, or “security from below”.
Susanne held visiting appointments at the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany; Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City); and the Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero-Pagu at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.