Dr Yael Gerson

Staff details

Dr Yael Gerson


Head of Programme, BA Education Researcher Lecturer in Sociology and Education


Educational Studies


y.gerson (@gold.ac.uk)



Dr Yael Gerson is a researcher lecturer in Sociology and Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Yael writes about gender and digital cultures with a focus on indigenous and activist communities, with a focus on the Latin American context. Yael’s work uses ethnographic and digital method approaches to investigate the ways in which digital communication (re)shapes communities and social life. Her work critically engages with feminist research and focuses on social inequalities, with an emphasis in developing decolonising methodologies and practices. 

Yael is a member for the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). After completing her PhD research with Zapatista communities in Mexico and the USA, Yael returned to Chiapas with a BA/Leverhulme grant to work with indigenous women interrogating the notion of “indigenous feminism”. 

Yael works as a freelance consultant on research projects on digital cultures, some of her projects include work around Smart Lives, Wearables, and Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity. She is currently working on the Wellcome Trust funded project People Like You.

Academic qualifications

PhD in Sociology (2013), Goldsmiths

MA Communication, Culture & Society (2003), Goldsmiths

Licenciatura en Comunicación (2002), Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City


Yael teaches in the BA Education, Culture & Society in modules on Culture & Identity, Research Methods and Dissertation. She also teaches on the MA module: Masculinities and femininities in Education.

Research Interests

  • Feminist methods
  • Digital cultures
  • Gender and Education
  • Social inequalities in relation to gender and digital cultures
  • Digital poverty
  • Indigenous communities
  • Decolonising practices