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Centre of Latin American Studies

Graham Denyer Willis

Dr Graham Denyer Willis

Research Interests

Graham Denyer Willis (Ph.D. MIT) is an ethnographer concerned with questions of security, democracy and development in cities. Focussing on Brazil's two largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Graham's research addresses the practices and assumptions of police and public security workers, especially vis-a-vis drug-trafficking, urbanization and organized crime, as a way to better understand why citizens continue to chronically struggle for safety in an era of formal democratic governance. His first book, The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil, is based on research carried out alongside homicide and other detectives in São Paulo from 2009 -2012 and will be published in early 2015 by the University of California Press. He has published scholarly articles in leading journals such as Latin American Research Review and World Development, and in venues such as the New York Times and the Boston Review

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