Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco

Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

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Office hours
Friday 1.30pm?3.30pm


Research areas

Since 1992, I have worked with Spanish Gitanos (Roma) on issues to do with the role of the state in their marginalisation (particularly through housing and education policies), gender and sex, memory and forgetting, community-making, and Pentecostalism. My first monograph, 'Gypsies in Madrid: Sex, Gender and the Performance of Identity' was published in 1999 (Berg). I have also worked on international adoption and the internet. With Huon Wardle I published 'How to Read Ethnography' (Routledge, second edition 2019), where we explored how ethnographic writing has shaped anthropology. Currently I am interested in developing collaborative methodologies in fieldwork practice and ethnographic writing, and in exploring the ways collaborative research can help transform anthropology and scholarship more widely. I have recently finished a reciprocal ethnography of Gypsy/Roma and non-Roma lives, co-authored with Liria Hernández, a long-term collaborator and close friend (Writing Friendship; Palgrave 2020). I am now working on two new research projects. The first one, developed through dialogue with several Spanish Roma NGOs and supported by the British Academy, explores the many kinds of violence which shape the lives of Roma women. The second one focuses on the ways older people in Fife conceptualise their wellbeing.

PhD supervision

  • Hector Muskus Guardia
  • Shanay Davis
  • Judith Szabunia
  • Antonio Montañés Jiménez

Selected publications


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