Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal, Ph.D

Critical Global Criminologist

Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal is a global criminologist & third culture adult who studies power, injustice, and human rights violations. She holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University in Boston, USA, a Master’s degree in International Business Law from Queen Mary, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Law with honors from the University of Wolverhampton.


Dr. Twyman-Ghoshal's research and teaching centers on global crime, crimes of the powerful/white collar crime, and theory. She has published on state crime, environmental harm climate change, maritime piracy, and terrorism. The wide range of her academic work is underpinned by questions on the relation between power, systemic injustice, social harm, and deviance in a globalized world. Her current projects include studying the links between climate change and crime, state co-offending and extraordinary state crime, and the sociological context of Somali maritime piracy, and decolonizing the criminological theories curriculum. In addition, she is working on developing a restorative justice technology platform

She has also created a comprehensive contemporary maritime piracy database, the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database (CMPD) (1991-2018). The data is available here.

Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Twyman-Ghoshal worked for the International Maritime Bureau in London investigating international shipping, trade, and finance fraud. As a third culture adult, she is fluent in English, German, Polish, French and conversational Bengali.