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Dr Susanne Hofmann

Teaching Associate in Sociology and Policy

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For a long time, I have worked on the topic of gender and migration, and how contemporary border regimes impact on migratory trajectories and experiences of people from the Global South. A particular focus of interest were “sexual migrations” and their complicated entanglements with immigration policies and border enforcement, and the risk of becoming a victim of crime. I have conducted research with migrating sex workers at the US-Mexico border and scrutinised policy measures to prevent human trafficking in Brazil.

More recently, I studied the gendered impacts of resource extraction in the Global South. The arrival of extractive activities in a region generally ushers in significant social change that tends to affect women more negatively than men. Whilst extractive cultures have become associated with the reinforcement of gendered divisions of labour and inequality, my work also explores the opportunities that women exploit in the peripheral economies that accompany extractive endeavours.

My current research looks at the role of gender in the context of a progressing securitisation agenda in Latin America. In particular, I scrutinise the impacts of policies aimed at protecting women and vulnerable populations from violence in Mexico and Central America, as well as examine the nexus of the professionalisation of the feminist anti-violence movement and the judicialisation and bureaucratisation of its strategies in contemporary Latin America. 

Tel: 0121 204 5332

Email: s.hofmann@aston.ac.uk
Office hours: Weds 9-1pm (room NW919)

  • PhD Latin American Cultural Studies / University of Manchester
  • MA Social Anthropology & Latin American Studies / Free University of Berlin

 

gender violence and security, migration and borders, sex work and human trafficking, global inequalities, ethnography, feminist and decolonial theories

Articles

(2018, submitted): “’Trabalhamos em rede’: Examining Dialogic Governance Structures in the Context of Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in Persons in Brazil”, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

 (2018, forthcoming) co-authored with Pinar Hatice Senoguz: “Introduction”, Gender[ed] Thoughts  Special Issue: Gender and Violence in the Context of Displacement and Migration 1: 1-7. 

(2018): “Fragmented Life: Living as a Precarious Transnational Academic Between Two Continents”, Journal of Dialectology and Popular Traditions: Special Issue edited by Ainhoa Montoya and Marta Perez.

(2015): “Insecurity and Opportunity: Migration and Sex Work on the US-Mexico Border” [in Portuguese], Ambivalências: Journal of the Study and Research Group ‘Identity Processes and Power’ / Dossier Borders: territories, policies, differences and inequalities Vol. 3, No. 5, 183-215.

(2014): “Tracing the Contradictions of Neoliberal Governmentality in Tijuana’s Sex Industry”, Anthropology Matters Vol. 15, No. 1, 62-89. 

(2010): “Corporeal Entrepreneurialism and Neoliberal Agency in the Sex Trade at the US-Mexican Border”, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 3&4, autumn/ winter, 233-256. 

(2010) with Sylvia Meichsner: “Tijuana’s Zona Norte: Sexualised Projections and Realities in the Red Light District of a Mexican-American Border Town”, Street Signs, spring, 14-16.

(2008): „Coyote and Sex Worker: Women Seeking Opportunities at the US-Mexican Border”, Re-public reimagining democracy: Gendering border crossings/part II, autumn.

(2007): “Hope for a better Life: Sex work and Female Migration” [in German], Sul Serio, Special Issue: Commodity Lust, Power, Work, No. 13, autumn/winter, 4-6.

Edited books & special issues

(2019, forthcoming) with Melisa Cabrapan Duarte (eds.): Gender, Sexualities and Sexual Markets in Extractive Sites in Latin America [in Spanish]. Mexico City: Centre for Gender Research and Gender Studies-CIEG (UNAM).

(2018, forthcoming) with Pinar Hatice Senoguz (eds.): Gender[ed] Thoughts  Special Issue: Gender and Violence in the Context of Displacement and Migration. Journal of the Centre for Gender Studies / University of Göttingen.

(2016) with Adi Moreno (eds): Intimate Economies: Bodies, Emotions and Sexualities on the Global Market. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Book chapters

(2019, forthcoming) “Decolonising the Discourse and Measures Against Human Trafficking in Border Areas and Sites for the Extraction of Natural Resources” [in Spanish], in Susanne Hofmann and Melisa Caprapan Duarte (eds.) Gender, Sexualities and Sexual Markets in Extractive Sites in Latin America. Mexico City: Centre for Gender Research and Gender Studies-CIEG (UNAM). 

(2019, forthcoming) co-authored with Melisa Cabrapan Duarte: “Introduction: gender and the extraction of natural resources -- contemporary issues and debates” [in Spanish], in Susanne Hofmann and Melisa Caprapan Duarte (eds.) Gender, Sexualities and Sexual Markets in Extractive Sites in Latin America. Mexico City: Centre for Gender Research and Gender Studies-CIEG (UNAM). 

(2016): “Emotional labor and Ethical Practice: Professionalism Among Sex Workers in Tijuana”, in Susanne Hofmann and Adi Moreno (eds.) Intimate Economies: Bodies, Emotions and Sexualities on the Global Market. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2016): “Introduction: Global Intimate Economies - Discontents and Debates”, in Susanne Hofmann and Adi Moreno (eds.) Intimate Economies: Bodies, Emotions and Sexualities on the Global Market. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2013): “Aesthetic Labour, Racialization and Aging in Tijuana's Cosmopolitan Sex Industry,” in Afshan Jafar and Erynn Masi de Casanova (eds.) Global Beauty, Local Bodies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 23-50. 


  • Understanding Social Theory [LK 2024]
  • Understanding Social Divisions A [LK 1009]
  • Introduction to Social Theory [LK 1015]
  • Advanced Social Theory [LK 2033]
  • Racism, Class, Gender [LK 3028]