Laura Bunt-MacRury

Senior Lecturer in Political and Legal Anthropology, Bournemouth University

I hold a MA and a PhD in Anthropology (with concentrations in History & Latin America) from the New School for Social Research (Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science). I specialize Latin American History, Race, Gender and the Law (specifically in ninetieth and twentieth-century Peru). I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. I have been awarded prestigious nationally and internationally competitive research grants and fellowships, including a Wenner-Gren Research Grant and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship.

I have researched, conducted fieldwork, and written about Latin America for over a decade. My current research and publication profile involves the extensive engagement of primary historical archival data from Peru with anthropological, historical, and postcolonial social theory vis-à-vis discourse on women and the law. More specifically, my research in Peru traces the history of racial sentiment as an index of power located in intellectual trajectories, the creation of penal codes and the legal practices central to state formation and the consequent development of radical social inequalities throughout the twentieth-century.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer in Politics, Bournemouth University