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Jo Brandim Howson

Joseph Brandim-Howson

Corpus Christi College


My current research explores the changing dynamics of state power in Latin America, paying particular attention to security and surveillance practices. My current focus is on cyber security in Mexico.I engage diverse bodies of literature, from international relations and political theory through to surveillance studies, digital sociology and cultural studies. I use a mix of methods with a particular focus on qualitative and visual methodologies.


I am an Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) Scholar and Cambridge Honorary Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar based in the Centre of Latin American Studies, Department of Politics & International Studies. In 2018 I completed an MPhil at the University of Cambridge, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). I hold a BA in Politics & International Studies from the University of Warwick, for which I received the Professor Wyn Grant award for academic achievement. Prior to beginning postgraduate research, I worked as a Consultant for a leading digital technology strategy firm. Through this I hold professional qualifications in business analysis and technology solutions development.

Besides working on my PhD I am a Research Assistant to Dr Eliza Garnsby (University of Cambridge), a regular contributor to Sounds & Colours magazine and LGBTQ+ Officer at Corpus Christi College.

Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Kantaris