Mo Hume is Professor of Latin American Politics at the School of Social and Political Sciences, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK. Her research focuses on how multiple and overlapping forms of violence are perceived by those who live in post-conflict contexts. She has carried out extensive fieldwork on protracted violence in Central America, and researched women’s perceptions of violence with an Oxfam America sponsored campaign to prevent gender violence.
Mo is the co-convener of the Glasgow Latin American Research Network and Principal Investigator on the ESRC Newton-Colciencias project Colombia River Stories: Improving Socio-environmental Understandings for Building Sustainable Peace (2018-2020).
Mo joined the Department of Politics in September 2005. Her research focuses on how multiple and overlapping forms of violence are perceived by those who live in (post) conflict contexts. She has applied the insights from feminist theory and practice for understanding violent processes and women’s responses to these. This involves detailed research on violence against women, as well as a situated exploration of the wider gendered politics of violence. She has carried out extensive fieldwork in Central America, particularly El Salvador where she also spent several years as a development worker in a local women’s organisation. Since 2007, she has been carrying out research into women’s perceptions of violence with an Oxfam America sponsored campaign to prevent gender violence, Entre Vos y Yo: una vida diferente.
A new line of research, funded through the ESRC-Newton Caldas project Colombia River Stories: improving socio-enviromental understandings for building sustainable peace, focus on struggles for socio-enviromental rights along the Atrato River in Colombia. This project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to explore the effects of mechanised gold mining and its intersections with conflict
She has published about these topics in journals such as Latin American Perspectives; Womens Studies International Forum and Democratization. Her monograph, The Politics of Violence: Gender, Conflict and Community in El Salvador, was published by Wiley Blackwell in 2009.
Hume, M. and Wilding, P. (2019) Beyond agency and passivity: situating a gendered articulation of urban violence in Brazil and El Salvador. Urban Studies, (doi:10.1177/0042098019829391) (Early Online Publication)
Hume, M. and Wilding, P. (2015) Interview with Monica McWilliams, Belfast, 20 August 2014. Women's Studies International Forum, 51, pp. 136-143. (doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2014.11.002)
Cannon, B. and Hume, M. (2012) Central America, civil society and the 'pink tide': democratization or de-democratization? Democratization, 19(6), pp. 1039-1064. (doi:10.1080/13510347.2011.619775)
Hume, M. (2012) Never truly defeated: challenging the impunity of violence against women in Central America. Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, 8(1), pp. 46-58.
Hume, M. (2009) Researching the gendered silences of violence in El Salvador. IDS Bulletin, 40(3), pp. 78-85. (doi:10.1111/j.1759-5436.2009.00042.x)
Hume, M. (2008) The myths of violence: gender, conflict, and community in El Salvador. Latin American Perspectives, 35(5), pp. 59-76. (doi:10.1177/0094582X08321957)
Hume, M. (2007) (Young) men with big guns': reflexive encounters with violence and youth in El Salvador. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 26(4), pp. 480-496. (doi:10.1111/j.1470-9856.2007.00239.x)
Hume, M. (2007) Mano Dura: El Salvador responds to gangs. Development in Practice, 17(6), pp. 739-751. (doi:10.1080/09614520701628121)
Hume, M. (2007) Unpicking the threads: emotion as central to the theory and practice of researching violence. Womens Studies International Forum, 30(2), pp. 147-157. (doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2007.01.002)
Hume, M. (2007) Violence, fear, and development in Latin America: a critical overview. Development in Practice, 17(6), pp. 713-724. (doi:10.1080/09614520701628071)
Hume, M. (2004) 'It's as if you don't know, because you don't do anything about it': gender and violence in El Salvador. Environment and Urbanization, 16(2), pp. 63-72. (doi:10.1177/095624780401600223)
Hume, M. (2009) The Politics of Violence: Gender, Conflict and Community in El Salvador. Series: Bulletin of Latin American research book series. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester. ISBN 9781405192262
Hume, M. (2019) Secrecy and silence in fieldwork: reflections on feminist research on violence in Latin America. In: MacGinty, R. and Vogel, B. (eds.) Palgrave Companion to Peace and Conflict Fieldwork. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)
Hume, M. and Wilding, P. (2015) 'Es que para ellos el deporte es matar': rethinking the scripts of violent men in El Salvador and Brazil. In: Auyero, J., Bourgois, P. and Scheper-Hughes, N. (eds.) Violence at the Urban Margins. Series: Global and comparative ethnography. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780190221447
Cannon, B. and Hume, M. (2013) Civil society-state relations in left-led Central America: the cases of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. In: Cannon, B. and Kirby, P. (eds.) Civil Society and the State in Left-led Latin America: Challenges and Limitations to Democratization. Zed Books: London. ISBN 9781780322049
Hume, M. (2013) El Salvador. In: Sanchez-Ancochea, D. and Martí i Puig, S. (eds.) Handbook of Central American Governance. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: London, pp. 385-399. ISBN 9781857436747
Hume, M. (2010) Hohe versus niedrige Gewaltraten in Zentralamerika. Eine Analyse aus salvadorianischer Perspektive. In: Seffer, K. and Zinecker, H. (eds.) Gewaltkriminalität in Zentralamerika: Formen, Ursachen, Einhegungsmöglichkeiten. Series: Studien zu Lateinamerika (6). Nomos: Baden-Baden. ISBN 9783832955892
Hume, M. (2008) El Salvador: the limits of a violent peace. In: Pugh, M.C., Cooper, N. and Turner, M. (eds.) Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding. Series: New security challenges series. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 318-336. ISBN 9780230573352
Hume, M. (2006) Contesting imagined communities: gender, nation, and violence in El Salvador. In: Fowler, W. and Lambert, P. (eds.) Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, pp. 73-90. ISBN 9781349534548 (doi:10.1057/9780230601727_5)
Hume, M. and Kane, L. (2016) ‘Ahora hasta nos dicen que somos malcriadas porque no nos quedamos calladas’: a study of the programme to prevent gender violence in El Salvador and Guatemala. Project Report. Oxfam, San Salvador. (Unpublished)
Hume, M. (2011) Salí de esa cueva donde yo estaba, he salido a la claridad y a la realidad: a qualitative assessment of the Campaign to Prevent Gender Violence. Project Report. Oxfam America, Boston.
Hume, M. (2008) ‘Yo sí tengo una vida diferente’: Women’s changing perceptions of gender based violence in Ahuachapan and San Marcos. Project Report. Oxfam America, San Salvador. (Unpublished)