Areas of Expertise
Geographies of Crime and Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Maritime Crime, Feminist Theory, Critical Development Studies, Sub-Saharan Africa
PhD, University of Toronto, Geography, 2013
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Urban and Regional Planning, 2009
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science, 2005
Brittany V. Gilmer is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Florida International University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of Toronto. Dr. Gilmer is an expert on maritime crime and security in East Africa. She has conducted ethnographic research on maritime piracy and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing off the coast of Somalia. More broadly, she is interested in how non-state actors and intergovernmental organizations frame particular crimes/criminals and (re)shape criminal justice reform and security practices in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research project aims to understand how various knowledges, expertise, and spaces of crime and justice relating to Somali piracy were produced through the establishment and operation of the United Nations-facilitated East Africa regional “piracy prosecution model”.
Prior to her appointment at FIU, Dr. Gilmer worked as a consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Counter Piracy Programme in East Africa. Recently, she was appointed a transnational crime expert consultant for the Somalia Fisheries Sector of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). She is the author of Political Geographies of Piracy: Constructing Threats and Containing Bodies in Somalia (Palgrave, 2014).