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