Dr Holly Porter


Holly Porter is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies in the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. An anthropologist focusing on Africa, her work centres around issues of gender, sexualities, violence, and local notions of healing and justice after war—particularly in northern Uganda where she has lived for more than ten years. Previously, she has worked in South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Palestine in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, transitional justice, peacebuilding and human rights. Prior to coming to Cambridge, she has held positions at the London School of Economics where she also received her PhD, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the University of Antwerp and Gent University.  Her first book, After rape: violence justice and social harmony in Uganda, published by Cambridge University Press, was a finalist for the 2018 Herskovitz Book Prize.

Dr Holly Porter is the Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies. She directs and teaches for the MPhil and PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies including: Gender Theory, Controversy and Methodology; Multi-disciplinary Text Seminars; Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar. She also teaches POL17, Politics and Gender.


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