Dr Thomas Grisaffi

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow


Prior to coming to UCL, Thomas Grisaffi taught at the London School of Economics and was a Postdoctoral fellow on the SSRC/Open Society Foundation’s Drugs, Security and Democracy program. He studied for a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester.

His main research focus is the political ascent of the Chapare coca growers union in Bolivia. His thematic interests include democracy, citizenship, the illegal cocaine trade, social movements and community radio.

Thomas is a Research Fellow at the Andean Information Network.

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Current teaching

Publications and other media


Book manuscript in process: ‘Long Live Coca, Death to Yankee Imperialism: Radical Democracy in the Chapare Province Bolivia’.

Journal articles and book chapters

2016, Grisaffi, Thomas. 'Social Control in Bolivia: A Humane Alternative to the Forced Eradication of Coca Crops.' in Drug Policies and the Politics of Drugs in the Americas. BC Labate, C Cavnar, T Rodrigues eds. Springer International Publishing. 149-166.

2016, Grisaffi, T. & Ledebur, K. Citizenship or Repression? Coca, Eradication and Development in the Andes. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. 5(1), p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/sta.440

2015, ‘Rethinking Drugs Policy in Latin America’ in South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2016. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World Series. Routledge, London, UK. 

2014, 'Drugs Law Reform in Latin America’ in South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2015. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World Series. Routledge, London, UK.

2014, 'Co-operative Coca Reduction in Bolivia.' Anthropology News 55(July/August)

2014 'Challenging myths about Chapare coca paste production' North American Congress on Latin America. July (special issue edited by Linda Farthing)

2013, ‘All of us are Presidents’: Radical Democracy and Citizenship in the Chapare Province, Bolivia. Critique of Anthropology 33: 1. 47-65

2013, 'Reassessing the War on Drugs’ in South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2014. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World Series. Europa/Routledge, London, UK.

2010, ‘We are Originarios… We Just Aren’t From Here’: Coca Leaf and Identity Politics in the Chapare, Bolivia. Bulletin of Latin American Research 29: 4. 425-439

Commentary and analysis

Book reviews

  • 2015, 'Review of Linda C. Farthing and Benjamin H. Kohl, Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2014)', Journal of Latin American Studies, 47(1): 205-207.
  • 2014, 'Does Everyone Want Democracy? Insights from Mongolia' by Paula Sabloff. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 37 (2):409-410
  • 2014, 'Mobilizing Bolivia’s Displaced: indigenous politics and the struggle over land' Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press by Nicole Fabricant. Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute 20:1
  • 2010, 'Coca’s Gone: Of Might and Right in the Huallaga Post-Boom', by Richard Kernaghan. Journal of Latin American Studies, 42:3, 619-621.

Other media

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