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Dr Graham Denyer Willis

Dr Graham Denyer Willis

University Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies and Centre of Latin American Studies


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 StudiesCurrent SociologyLatin American Research Review, as well as in the New York Times and the Boston Review. He is an incoming Editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies, and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography at Queens’ College. 

Key Publications

Denyer Willis, Graham. (Forthcoming in 2015). The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil. Berkeley: University of California Press.
(Awarded 2014 Best Dissertation, Brazil Section, Latin American Studies Association and Honorable Mention, Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT.)  
Denyer Willis, Graham and Mariana Mota Prado. (2014). Of Process and Pattern: The Police Pacification Units in Brazil as an Institutional Bypass Reform. World Development, 64, 232-242. 
Denyer Willis, Graham. (2014). Antagonistic Authorities and the Civil Police in São Paulo, Brazil. Latin American Research Review, 49(1), 3-22.
Davis, Diane E. and Graham Denyer Willis (2011). Anti-Crime Social Movements in Latin America. In: Snow, David A., Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam (Eds.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford.
Denyer Willis, Graham. (2009). Deadly Symbiosis? The PCC, the State and the Institutionalization of Violence in São Paulo. In: Rodgers, Dennis and Gareth A. Jones. Youth Violence in Latin America. New York: Palgrave, p. 168-181

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Tri-Continental Tea Seminar: The Politics of Science and Technology in the Global South

Nov 27, 2017

The Consortium for the Global South invites you to participate in the first of its Tricontinental Tea Seminars. This informal series is intended to connect researchers working in different departments and disciplines within the University departments, to share knowledge, and to explore the potential for future collaborative projects.