Alexandra Grolimund

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Sociology and Criminology
Assistant Lecturer.
Essex Law School
Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Law School
 Alexandra Grolimund



Alexandra is a doctoral student jointly supervised by the School of Law and School of Philosophy and Art History. Her PhD research considers the unexplored socio-cultural legacy of Operation Spanner, paying heed to its widely cited legal implications and appearance before the European Court of Human Rights. Her oral history project concerns itself with the problematic balancing of bodily autonomy and public policy, as it is expressed in activist conceptions of consensual harm. It examines historical sentiment and temporal trajectory of thought surrounding SM sex and body modification in particular. Alexandra previously studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the Leather Archives & Museum's Visiting Scholar (2023).


  • MSc Human Rights London School of Economics and Political Science (2017)

  • BA Human Rights Webster University (2013)

  • BA International Relations Webster University (2013)

  • Certificate in Practical and Interdisciplinary Ethics Webster University (2013)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

R v Brown

Consensual harm and the law

Criminal law

Sadomasochism; BDSM

Queer theory & methods

LGBTQ rights

Human rights

Sex positivity



Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am