Jennifer Thomson


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Research interests

Jennifer joined the Department in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Comparative Politics.

She received her ESRC funded PhD from the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, in 2016. Her thesis considered the politics of abortion legislation in contemporary Northern Ireland from a feminist institutionalist perspective. A book based on her thesis is forthcoming with the 'Politics and Gender' series at Palgrave Macmillan.

Her core research interests are gender and politics, broadly defined; devolution in the contemporary United Kingdom; and women’s rights in post-conflict divided societies. In her current research, she is particularly interested in how power-sharing democracies inhibit gendered political representation.

She currently co-convenes the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group.

Her work has been published in, amongst others, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, the International Political Science Review and Politics. As a former Managing Editor of the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, she has a keen interest in using blogs and social media to promote academic research.

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2014 2019

Abortion Law and Political Institutions: Explaining Policy Resistance

Thomson, J., 2019, 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 232 p. (Gender and Politics)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abortion and Reproductive Rights in the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Pierson, C. & Thomson, J., 22 Mar 2018, 8 p. London School of Economics.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
UN Security Council
1 Citations

Allies or Opponents? Power-sharing, civil society and gender

Pierson, C. & Thomson, J., 2018, In : Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 24, 1, p. 100-115

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

civil society
political institution
ethnic identity

A ‘United’ Kingdom?: the 1967 Abortion Act and Northern Ireland

Thomson, J., 1 Aug 2018, Abortion in Anti-Choice Islands: Crossing Troubled Waters. Canada: Prince Edward Island University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Can abortion rights be integrated into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?

Thomson, J. & Pierson, C., 2018, In : International Feminist Journal of Politics. 20, 3, p. 350-365 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

women's rights