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Amaranta Thompson

PhD Student


I completed a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies and Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London in 2010, a masters in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2012 and, a masters in Social Studies of Gender (major in Development Studies) at the Graduate school, Lund University in 2017. My bachelor thesis focused on gender violence and trauma in Latin American film. I then completed a thesis in Development studies analysing female presidents in Latin America and the implementation of gender policies during their terms. My latest masters project discussed sex as work in the Argentinian context using a feminist political economy lens and concepts of commodification and work/labour. As well as having worked as a teacher in secondary school and a teacher/mentor in universities in Argentina and Sweden, I have worked with feminist NGO’s and activist organisations in the UK and Argentina.

Research Areas

  • War on drugs
  • Postcolonial/Decolonial Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Ethnography

Current Research and Teaching

My PhD project looks at the war on drugs and its effects on feminised bodies in the Brazilian context. It looks to contribute to current literature on the war on drugs from a feminist criminology perspective using postcolonial and decolonial theory. Ethnographic methods, such as participatory observations and life histories will be used to bring to the forefront the effects of the war on drugs as an experience different to those highlighted in the dominant discourse around global efforts to eliminate drug production, trafficking and use. Furthermore, the project will examine relations between categories such as race, gender, sexuality and – more specifically to the war on drugs – user/dealer, legal/illegal etc, and how they are constructed and imposed upon specific bodies.

I am currently teaching on SASA17 Scandinavian Model of Equality – Gender, Class, Ethnicity and the Social Welfare State and SIMM41 – Methods for Research in the Social Sciences.

Amaranta Thompson
E-mail: amaranta [dot] thompson [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

Department of Gender Studies



Amaranta has a masters in Development Studies from SOAS and Social Studies of Gender from the Graduate School at Lund University. She has worked both in education as well as with international feminist NGO’s before starting her PhD in Gender Studies.

Research projects

Gendered Punitive Regimes in the War on Drugs: The Brazilian Case. (PhD)

Department of Gender Studies
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Faculty of Social Sciences