Alexandra Grolimund

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Assistant Lecturer.
Essex Law School
Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Law School
Research Officer
Department of Sociology
 Alexandra Grolimund



Alexandra is a doctoral student jointly supervised by the School of Law and School of Philosophy and Art History. Her PhD research considers the unexplored socio-cultural legacy of Operation Spanner, paying heed to its widely cited legal implications and appearance before the European Court of Human Rights. This oral history project concerns itself with the problematic balancing of bodily autonomy and public policy, as it is expressed in activist conceptions of consensual harm. It examines historical sentiment and temporal trajectory of thought surrounding SM sex and body modification in particular. In addition to completing her PhD, Alexandra is also a Research Officer for the project 'Holding Hands: Experiences of Shame, Pride and Protest among LGBTQ Relationship Partners'. The project explores the experiences of shame, pride or protest amongst LGBTQ partners around ‘holding hands’ in public. Alexandra previously studied at the London School of Economics, earning her MSc in Human Rights. She is a member of the Doctoral Affiliates Network.


  • MSc Human Rights London School of Economics and Political Science,

  • BA Human Rights Webster University,

  • BA International Relations Webster University,

  • Certificate, Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics Webster University,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Human rights

Sexuality and gender

Sexual minorities

Sadomasochism, BDSM, erotic fetishism

LGBT rights

Queer history

Sex positivity

Conferences and presentations

Criminal sex: de- and reconstructing consensual injury in sadomasochistic narrative

Socio-Legal Studies Association 2021, 30/3/2021

Liberation or Liability? How consensual bodily harm is tolerated and autonomised (Grant awarded)

Nordic Summer University 2020, 31/7/2020

Reconfiguring London’s Queer Historical Narratives: Towards an Inclusive Education

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education Network Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom, 10/7/2020

Can we consent to bodily harm? Addressing legal lacunas and the ‘good reason’ test following R v Brown

School of Law PGR Roundtable, Colchester, United Kingdom, 15/5/2020

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Criminal Law (LW104)

  • Introduction to Crime, Law and Society (SC104)

  • Sociology of Crime and Control (SC204)

  • Human Rights & Social Justice: Structures, Theory and Practice (HU200)



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