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 centres on global crime (international crime and transnational crime), crimes of the powerful/white collar crime, and theory. She has published on state crime, international crime, environmental justice, climate change, maritime piracy, terrorism, and restorative justice. The wide range of her academic work is underpinned by questions on the relation between power, systemic injustice, social harm, and deviance in a globalised world. Her current projects include studying the links between climate change and crime, state co-offending (a term she coined) and extraordinary state crime, the sociological context of Somali maritime piracy, and decolonizing the criminological theories curriculum. In addition, she is working on various restorative justice projects and 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.