Dr Graham Denyer Willis

University Teaching Officer

Graham Denyer Willis is a political ethnographer interested in practices and assumptions of power amidst inequality.  He is especially motivated to identify and question forms of entrapment and escape from power and capitalism, particularly in cities of the Global South. He interrogates these questions primarily from Brazil -a country long intertwined with the expansion of capitalism, inequality and racial order- but also in the global capillaries of Silicon Valley. 

He has written two books, The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil (2015), and Keep the Bones Alive: Missing People and the Search for Life in Brazil (2022), both published by the University of California Press.