Who's who


Permanent academic staff


Dr Jessica Templeton
Director of LSE100

Room: KSW.4.06
Tel: 020 7107 5152
Email: J.B.Templeton@lse.ac.uk


Chris Blunt

Dr Chris Blunt
Deputy Director

Room: KSW.4.12
Email: C.J.Blunt@lse.ac.uk 



Dr Jillian Terry
Deputy Director

Room: KSW.4.11
Email: J.A.Terry@lse.ac.uk 



Dr Emmanuelle Blanc

Office Hours: Tuesdays 17:00-18:00 in KSW 3.01   

Email: e.blanc1@lse.ac.uk 


Dr Alessandro Castellini

Office Hours: Thu 12:15 - 13:45 KSW.3.01 


I received my PhD in Gender Studies from the Gender Institute (LSE) in 2014. My research focuses on discursive representations of maternal filicide in postwar Japan and investigates areas as diverse as media coverage, the rhetoric of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan and women’s literature. Before this I completed an MA in Gender Studies at SOAS University and a BA in Languages and Civilizations of the Far East at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy). My interests range from gender and motherhood studies to history and translation studies. I worked as LSE Teaching Fellow in Transnational Gender Studies at the Gender Institute. I have always been deeply committed to an interdisciplinary approach to academic research and I am delighted to see that LSE100 aims to encourage students to develop a multidisciplinary perspective.



Dr Alexander Mayhew 

Office Hours: Mon 14:00 - 15:30 KSW.2.01 




Dr Rian Mulcahy

Office Hours: Mon 12:00 - 13:00, Fri 11:00 - 13:00  KSW.3.01 

Email: r.mulcahy1@lse.ac.uk



Dr Maria Norris 

Office Hours: Mon 12:00 - 14:00 KSW.3.01 


I hold a PhD on UK counter-terrorism strategy from the European Institute at the LSE. Broadly speaking, my research interests include nationalism, security, terrorism, citizenship, gender, immigration and human rights. Outside of academia, I am interested in ballet, comics, Tottenham Hotspur and science fiction.



Dr Kiran Phull

Office Hours: Mon & Fri 14:00 - 15:00 & Thu 15:00 -    16:00 KSW.3.01 .                                                       
Email: k.k.phull@lse.ac.uk


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Dr Marta Wojciechowska

Office Hours: Fri 15:30 - 17:00 KSW.4.05 . 





Dr Sarah Ashraf

Office Hours: Fri 13:00 - 14:00 SAR.2.06               

Email: S.Ashraf2@lse.ac.uk

I have a very varied background both academically and professionally. Having worked in the sectors of human resources, technology, not-for-profit and corporate social responsibility, I am now focusing on counter-terrorism and public policy. Within academia I have a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Sussex University, a Masters degree in Theory and History of International Relations and am now near the end of my PhD with the department of International History at the LSE. My PhD looks at the 'Rise of the Praetorian Military System and its Relationship to Islamist Militancy in Pakistan.' My current research interests therefore focus on militant Islamism, counter-terrorism and associated public policy. I have enjoyed teaching LSE100 for several years, particularly its interdisciplinary aspects, and look forward to challenging the next cohort of bright minds here at the LSE.

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Dr Rosie Coffey

Office Hours: Thu 11:00 - 12:00,  Thu 14:00 - 15:00  KSW.3.02                                                                     

Email: R.S.Coffey@lse.ac.uk 

I passed my PhD in International History (LSE) in November 2015.  My thesis was entitled ‘The British Press, British Public Opinion and the End of Empire in Africa, 1957-60’.  It examined the relation between British newspaper coverage of Africa and the process of decolonisation.  It is the first broad study of the role of the British press in, and in relation to, Africa at the end of empire and spans three regions.  It underscores the significance of British newspapers, journalists and editors to politicians and the public in Britain and Africa.  Further, the thesis offers a reassessment of the view that the broader British low political and cultural context to the end of empire was extraneous to the process; and presents a ‘different’ (non-official) history of decolonisation as seen through the eyes of the press.  This academic year, in addition to teaching LSE100, I am teaching in the International History Department on the course entitled ‘From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century’. In 2014, I won the LSE Student Union Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication and shared the International History Department’s Martin Abel Gonzalez Prize for graduate teaching assistants.


Sarah Correia

Office Hours: Tue 12:30 - 13:30 KSW.3.01 . 


I received my PhD from the LSE, Department of Government in 2019. I research the relationship between memory and identity from a political perspective, with a particular focus on the experience of violence; forced displacement; ethnic cleansing and genocide.  Before joining LSE100 in 2018, I have taught 'Theories and Problems of Nationalism' at the LSE's Department of Government; I am passionate about education as an intersubjective exercise which will expand not only the students' knowledge but also their realm of possibilities, whilst also enriching the teacher's life experience.


Dr Emily Cousens

Office Hours: Mon 12:00 - 13:00 & 16:30 - 17:30,  Wed  13:00 - 17:00 KSW.3.02 .                                           

Email: e.v.cousens@lse.ac.uk

I completed both my BA (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and MA (Women’s Studies) at The University of Oxford. In 2015 I was awarded a PhD studentship to undertake my PhD in Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University. My doctoral thesis explores Feminism and the Politics of Vulnerability. It interrogates and historicises the notable absence of sexual violence as a theme in the recent vulnerability literature and argues for a renewed conceptualisation of vulnerability which can illuminate the emergent ‘sexual politics’ discourse articulated by the MeToo Movement. I am a dedicated lecturer and have extensive teaching experience. In 2017 I updated and delivered both the Feminist Philosophy module at The University of Hertfordshire and the Sex, Gender and Politics module at Oxford Brookes University. I was awarded teaching award at Oxford Brookes on the back of nominations by students. From September I will be teaching on the Women’s Studies Master’s at The University of Oxford. My academic career has been characterised by interdisciplinarity and so I am a great supporter of LSE100 where students can learn from the diverse knowledge bases and perspectives of their peers. I hope to be able to bring the interdisciplinary insights and nuanced approaches of feminist theory to bear on some of the debates and discussions.


Dr Ivan Deschenaux

Office Hours: Mon 17:30 - 18:30 (Weeks 4, 5, 10, 11  Additional Office Hours) KSW.3.01 .                        

Email: i.deschenaux@lse.ac.uk

I completed my PhD in 2019 in the Department of Anthropology at the LSE. My thesis concerns caste-based discrimination in the Himalayan foothills of East Nepal. It is based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork among the Bishwakarma, a Dalit (previously known as 'untouchables') caste whose traditional occupation is blacksmithing.

The thesis takes an interdisciplinary approach, arguing that the ongoing character of caste-based discrimination in Nepal can only be adequately understood as a combination of socio-historical and psychological factors. In developing this argument, the thesis offers a new perspective on two phenomena: the rise of identity politics in Nepal, and the social significance of intermarriage between Dalits and non-Dalits.

Besides LSE100, I am currently teaching a research methods course in the LSE Department of Anthropology. Prior to that, I taught a number of courses in the LSE Department of Anthropology and the LSE Summer School. I won a Class Teacher Award in 2019 and was highly commended for the same award in 2018.

My wider academic interests include experimental and mixed research methods, cognitive biases and their social effects, and  philosophy of science. My non-academic interests include photography, science-fiction, free and open source software.


Dr Marina Franchi

Office Hours: Tue 13:30 - 14:30 KSW.3.01 .           

Email: M.franchi@lse.ac.uk

I completed my PhD in the LSE - Gender Institute in 2015. My research focused on Italian news media discourse on the legal recognition of de facto couples in Italy. Focusing on Italian newspapers I questioned the way in which they produce narratives that both sustain and disrupt normative notions of family and kinship. I am convinced that the analysis of news media discourse is crucial to our understanding of contemporary Italian politics of sexuality. Before this, I completed an MSc in Gender and Media at the Gender Institute and a Laurea in Political Sciences at the University of Easter Piedmont (Italy). I have worked within various EU funded projects as a junior researcher in the Department of Social Research in the Faculty of Political Sciences of Alessandria. My experiences as a researcher taught me the importance of the strong interdisciplinary approach that is at the core of LSE100.



Dr Alex Fry

Office Hours: Mondays 11:30-13:30 KSW.3.01 . 


My research involves the intersection of religion, gender, and inequality. Prior to arriving at the LSE, I undertook doctoral study at Durham University, where I am also a postdoctoral research fellow. Whereas my PhD focused on the social influences on male clergy attitudes towards the ordination of women, my current research explores the relationship between religiosity and wellbeing for those who live in areas of socio-economic deprivation in the UK. I am first and foremost a qualitative researcher, but I also utilise quantitative research in order to inform my own. My research focus is multi-disciplinary, primarily drawing on theories and methods from Sociology and Social Psychology. At the LSE, I am also an active member of the Religion Scholars Network, and my most recent publication, which may be found in the November 2019 issue of 'Fieldwork in Religion', explores how clergy use system justification as an attempt to exclude women from the Church of England's hierarchy.


Dr Joanne Kalogeras

Office Hours: Mon 12:00 - 13:00 & Fri 14:00 - 15:00  KSW.3.01 .                           


After a career in software development, I received my MSc and then PhD from LSE’s Gender Institute in 2014 under the supervision of Professors Anne Phillips and Clare Hemmings. My doctoral thesis, entitled “Troubling Cosmopolitanism”, develops a critical cosmopolitan theory that relies on an intersubjective approach. My research involves integrating the normative moral philosophy and political theory theories with more critical approaches from feminist, gender, queer, and postcolonial theorists on cosmopolitanism’s primary components: autonomy, universality, and anti-nationalism. It is highly interdisciplinary, which is a perspective I bring to all my teaching. I have taught several courses in LSE’s Sociology Department, LSE Groups, and at the University of Westminster and King’s College London that cover sociology, media and communications, political theory, and gender theory. My work is informed by many years of LGBTQ+, feminist, and disability rights activism.


Priyanka Pandey

Office Hours: Mon 15:00 - 16:00 KSW.3.01 . 

Email: p.pandey1@lse.ac.uk

I completed both my MSc (Management Information Systems and Innovation) and MPhil (Information Systems) at the LSE. I am currently in the final year of my PhD (Management and Information Systems) at Royal Holloway. My research looks at the social implications of technology on rural health worker management in developing countries. It engages with a broad array of theory from technology, management and development studies. I am trying to understand how the use of mHealth technologies is affecting the way the health worker now collects health data and delivers the prescribed health services within rural areas. Do mHealth technologies enhance and improve the role of the health worker? If so, then how? I am a dedicated lecturer and have extensive teaching experience. I have been teaching market economics to postgraduates at Queen Mary University. I have also been teaching a variety of management modules at the LSE summer school for the past 2 years and now looking forward to teaching the LSE 100 to bright young LSE undergraduates!

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Dr Jessica Simpson

Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 - 13:30 KSW.3.01  (Weeks 4, 10 Additional Office Hours) .                 

Email: j.simpson3@lse.ac.uk

I completed my PhD in December 2019 in the Department of Sociology at City, University of London where I was awarded a Doctoral Studentship. My thesis - ‘Poles Apart? A longitudinal, comparative analysis of female university students and graduates working in the UK stripping and hospitality industries’ - focuses on the reproduction of gender, class and racial inequalities in Higher Education and the labour market by firstly, exploring women’s transitions into and out of university and secondly, through a systematic comparison of sex work and 'mainstream' work. I hold a BA (Hons) in Sociology from Leeds Beckett University and an MA in Sociological Research Methods from the University of Essex where I was awarded the Fuller Masters Scholarship. Broadly speaking, my research interests include feminist methodologies, social divisions, identities and inequalities. I joined LSE100 in January 2019 and have enjoyed the interdisciplinarity of the course and being able to teach such pressing social issues. I have since worked as Research Supervisor for LSE GROUPS and as Course Director for the LSE Widening Participation team.

Course Office

For general enquires regarding LSE100 please email: lse100@lse.ac.uk 

For enquires related to assessment on LSE100 please email: lse100.assessment@lse.ac.uk


Simon Jolly                                                               

Course Manager

 Email: s.jolly@lse.ac.uk


Christina Ogunwumiju                                           

LSE100 Assessment Manager

Email: c.ogunwumiju@lse.ac.uk



Peta Ellis                                                 

Communications & Educational Projects Manager

Email: a.p.ellis@lse.ac.uk



Fatima Jeetoo                                                           

Course Administrator

Email: f.jeetoo@lse.ac.uk



Management Committee

Professor Martin Anthony
Department of Mathematics (current Head of Department)

Professor Dilly Fung 
Pro-Director Education

Dr Stuart Gordon
Assistant Professor, Department of International Development

Professor Simona Iammarino
Professor of Economic Geography, Department of Geography and Environment (Head of Department)

Professor Nicola Lacey (Chair)
School Professor, Gender Institute and Departments of Law and Social Policy

Dr Neil McLean
Director, Teaching and Learning Centre

Professor Lucinda Platt
Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, Department of Social Policy

Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece
Associate Professor, European Institute

Dr Jessica Templeton
Director of LSE100