Isabella Cantoni Branco

Isabella Cantoni Branco

 

 

Isabella Cantoni Branco

DPhil in Sociology (PRS)

Thesis: 'The Flexibility of Self Defence: The legal strategies and their effectiveness in cases of women who kill their abusers in Brazil'

Supervisor(s): Leigh Payne

My research focuses on issues of the morality, flexibility, and the successes/failures of legal strategies in cases of ‘battered women who batter back.’ These are women who, after years of abuse, kill or have their abusers killed and are subsequently indicted for the crime. This is an area of contested morality, as some might think she defended herself justly, and thus acted morally, and others might not, thinking she is simply a murderer. This research draws from socio-legal feminist analyses of victimization as a legal strategy, battered women syndrome, and the literature regarding the social acceptability of violence committed by women, and mothers more specifically.

I recently obtained my MPhil (Merit) in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford and before that graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with bachelor’s degrees in History and International Relations.

Research interests: Domestic Violence; ‘Just’ Self-Defence; Motherhood