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Dr Graham Denyer Willis

Dr Graham Denyer Willis


University Teaching Officer


Office hours: Appointment by email


Graham Denyer Willis is a University Lecturer in Development and Latin American Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies. His work concerns the politics of informality, the state, violence and cities of the Global South. An ethnographer, his research looks towards everyday considerations and lived realities that circulate through ‘slums’, policing, cloned cars and racialized violence in space –and the ways that such conditions are made visible, or not, in an incipient age of technology.

His first book, The Killing Consensus: Police Organised, Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil (California, 2015), examines the ways that organised crime and policing are ‘nested’ in the everyday spatial practice of violence in the city of Sao Paulo. This work is based on three years of ethnographic research alongside homicide and other detectives in this city, winning a series of international distinctions.

He has published in World Development, the "Journal of Latin American Studies", "Current Sociology", Latin American Research Review, as well as in the New York Times and the Boston Review. He is incoming Editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies, and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography at Queens’ College.

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