Dr Gavin Weston

Staff details

Position Lecturer and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Department Anthropology
Email g.weston (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7800
Dr Gavin Weston

Dr Gavin Weston's doctoral thesis 'Lynchings in Todos Santos Cuchumatan: A Genealogy of Post Conflict Violence' explored vigilantism in Guatemala and broader issues of post-war violence. He is particularly interested in the anthropology of violence, law, politics, gossip and anthropological theory more generally. He is currently working on a research proposal regarding the democratisation of security in the UK, looking at the the diverse spectrum of non-state security and policing spanning from vigilantism to paid private security patrols.


Dr Gavin Weston convenes the MA in Development and Rights.

He teaches the following courses:

  • Anthropology of Rights
  • Anthropological Ideas
  • Anthropology of Violence
  • Violence and the Body Political


Research Interests

Research interests: Vigilantism, violence, Guatemala, Latin America, political anthropology, legal anthropology and comic book vigilantes/superheroes among many other things.

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