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John Gledhill FAcSS, FBA
Emeritus Professor
of Social Anthropology
Photograph of John Gledhill  

I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics as an undergraduate, and Social Anthropology as a postgraduate, at Oxford University. After teaching for twenty years at University College London, I joined the Manchester department in September 1996, and served as its Head from 1997 to 2001. I retired from the University in August 2014, but retain a link with the department as an Emeritus Professor.

This site offers information about the research that I did while I was at Manchester, two multimedia projects based on that research, and a series of papers published online. It will not be possible to continue updating it in the future, but to find out what I am up to now, please access the new site that I will be developing from now on by clicking this link (the site will open in a new window).

I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2001, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. I was Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth from 2005 to 2009, and a Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences from 2009 to 2013, responsible for organizing the IUAES's 17th World Congress, hosted by Manchester University.

In December 2009 the Leverhulme Trust awarded me a three year Major Research Fellowship, starting in October 2010, to do new research on the consequences of securitization. The full-length book on this research entitled The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America is published by Zed Books (2015).

My particular regional interest is Latin America. Prior to my Leverhulme-funded research leave I was Co-Director of the university's inter-disciplinary Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and I resumed that role for a final year in 2013-2014 before retiring. Autumn 2008 saw the completion of an AHRC-funded research project that I directed with Patience Schell under the auspices of CLACS, which brought together a group of scholars from universities in Brazil, Mexico, the UK and the USA, Rethinking Histories of Resistance in Brazil and Mexico. The book based on this project, New Perspectives on Resistance in Brazil and Mexico, was published by Duke University Press in 2012.