Siobhán McGuirk

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
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Siobhán McGuirk

Siobhán works in the United States and Europe exploring the intersections of migration, gender and sexuality, focusing particularly on socio-legal constructions of citizenship and belonging, and the dynamics of social justice movements. She uses visual and creative methodologies in her research and has produced films, exhibitions, podcasts and poetry in addition to her academic writing.

Before joining Goldsmiths, Siobhán was a Lecturer in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She joined Goldsmiths in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher for the Global Gender and Cultures of Equality project (GlobalGRACE), funded by the UKRI.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Anthropology, American University 2016
  • MA, Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester 2010

Publications and research outputs


McGuirk, Siobhan and Pine, Adrienne. 2020. Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry. Oakland, California: PM Press. ISBN 9781629637822

Book Section

McGuirk, Siobhan; Carrington, Jara; Cojocaru, Claudia; Hammami, Jamila and Zukowska, Marzena. 2018. Centering Intersectional Politics: Queer Migration Activisms ‘After Marriage’. In: JN DeFilippis; MW Yarborough and A Jones, eds. Queer Activism After Marriage Equality. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-55750-5

McGuirk, Siobhan and Niedzwiecki., Max. 2016. Loving God vs. Wrathful God: Religion and LGBT Forced Migration. In: Luca Mavelli and Erin Wilson, eds. The Refugee Crisis and Religion: Secularism, Security and Hospitality in Question. London: Rowman and Littlefield International, pp. 223-239. ISBN 9781783488957


McGuirk, Siobhan. 2020. Rewriting Postcards: Experiments in Collaborative Transnational Curation. Studies on Home and Community Science, 14(1-2), pp. 18-30. ISSN 0973-7189

McGuirk, Siobhan. 2019. Notes on a Postcard. Allegra Lab,

McGuirk, Siobhan. 2018. (In)credible Subjects: NGOs, Attorneys, and Permissible “LGBT Asylum Seeker” Identities. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 41(S1), pp. 4-15. ISSN 1081-6976

McGuirk, Siobhan. 2017. Why Trump (or, America in fragments). Australian Options(85), pp. 13-17. ISSN 1324-0749

McGuirk, Siobhan. 2014. "God loves you and it gets better": Ideology, deixis and agency in an anti-homophobic bullying viral campaign. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 3(2), pp. 219-244. ISSN 2211-3770

McGuirk, Siobhan. 2013. Righteous Crusades? Imperialism, homophobia and the danger of simplification in God Loves Uganda. The Postcolonialist, 1(1),


Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Puwar, Nirmal; Johnson, Mark; Clisby, Suzanne; McGuirk, Siobhan; Turner, James; Choudhury, Tanzina; Ashraful, Ovi; Fernandez, Marta; Gill, Andréa; Souza, Isabela; Arámburo, Pável Valenzuela; Morales, Deyanira Clériga; Pereyra, Aldo Jorge Ledón; Garcia, J Neil; Guevara, Nerisa del Carmen; Jacobo, Jaya; Ramil, Kate Alyzon; Clarke, Yaliwe; Matchett, Sara; Mbasalaki, Phoebe Kisubi and Hahn, Catherine. 2022. Experiments in Cultures of Equality: A GlobalGRACE online course.


McGuirk, Siobhan and Puwar, Nirmal. 2018. Exchanging Cultures of Equality. In: "Exchanging Cultures of Equality", Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, May – June 2018.

Further profile content

Research projects

2018-2022: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality (GlobalGRACE)
Four-year UKRI-funded project based at Goldsmiths

Media engagements

2021: Beyond Borders: Dismantling the hostile environment
Conversation broadcast from the Edinburgh Radical Book Fair, 2021

2021: Speaking Asylum – Left/Over Podcast
In-depth interview concerning asylum regimes with the Left/Over podcast team