Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Jennifer Thomson

A lecturer in comparative politics focusing on gender, post-conflict societies and devolution in the United Kingdom.

LecturerBA, MA, PhD, FHEA

1 West North 2.17b
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5912

Twitter (@jencthomson)


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.

Research interests

  • Gender and politics
  • Gender and international relations
  • Feminist institutionalism
  • Post-conflict institutions
  • Power-sharing


Book Sections

Thomson, J., 2017. Forthcoming. A ‘United’ Kingdom?: the 1967 Abortion Act and Northern Ireland. In: Abortion in Anti-Choice Islands: Crossing Troubled Waters. Prince Edward Island University Press.


Thomson, J., 2017. Resisting gendered change: feminist institutionalism and critical actors”. International Political Science Review

Pierson, C., Thomson, J., Ashe, F. and Mlinarevic, G., 2016. Researching gender in divided societies: a conversation. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 18 (4), pp. 606-613.

Thomson, J., 2016. Explaining gender equality difference in a devolved system:The case of abortion law in Northern Ireland. British Politics, 11 (3), pp. 371-388.

Thomson, J., 2016. Abortion and same-sex marriage:how are non-sectarian controversial issues discussed in Northern Irish politics? Irish Political Studies, 31 (4), pp. 483-501.

Kennedy, R., Pierson, C. and Thomson, J., 2016. Challenging identity hierarchies:Gender and consociational power-sharing. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18 (3), pp. 618-633.

Thomson, J., 2016. Thinking globally, acting locally?: the women’s sector, international human rights mechanisms and politics in Northern Ireland. Politics, 37 (1), pp. 82-96.


Thomson, J., 2017. "The DUP and equal rights in Northern Ireland – what the rest of the UK can no longer ignore", LSE British Politics and Policy blog.

Thomson, J., 2017. “IndyRef2? The thorny question of Scottish independence hasn’t gone away”, LSE Brexit blog.

Thomson, J., 2016. “5 minutes with Laura Bates – founder of the Everyday Sexism website”, LSE Business Review blog.

Thomson, J., 2016. “Designing a new parliament with women in mind”, The Crick Centre.

Thomson, J., 2016. “Do international human rights mechanisms help women?”, Politics blog.

Thomson, J., 2015. “A court just made a landmark ruling for abortion rights in Northern Ireland”, The Conversation.

Thomson, J., 2015. “Bad news for abortion rights if this Northern Irish party holds the balance of power in Britain”, The Conversation.

Thomson, J., 2015. “What role will Northern Ireland play in the British election?”, The Conversation.

Thomson, J., 2014. “Discussions about abortion and same-sex marriage demonstrate signs of unity in Northern Ireland’s divided politics”, LSE British Politics and Policy blog.

This list was generated on Sat Oct 21 15:04:17 2017 IST.