Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal


Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal holds a Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy from Northeastern University, a Master’s degree in International Business Law from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Law with honors from University of Wolverhampton. Dr. Twyman-Ghoshal’s main research interests include governance, globalization and how these affect transnational crime, white collar crime, corruption, terrorism, and maritime piracy.

Dr. Twyman-Ghoshal's doctoral research created one of the most comprehensive contemporary maritime piracy databases available (Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database) and focused on understanding the sociological context for maritime piracy in Somalia. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Twyman-Ghoshal worked for the International Maritime Bureau in London investigating international shipping, trade and finance fraud as well as maritime piracy. Currently she is the newsletter editor for the American Society of Criminology's Division of International Criminology, she was also the book review editor and managing editor for the academic journal 'Crime, Law, and Social Change.' She is fluent in English, German, Polish, French and conversational Bengali. 



Twyman-Ghoshal, A., & Pierce, G. (2014). The Changing Nature of Contemporary Maritime Piracy: Results from the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database 2001-2010. British Journal of Criminology, 54(4), 652-672.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2014). Contemporary piracy research in criminology: A review essay with directions for future research. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 38 (3), 281-303.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2004). EU moves along the path to security. Commercial Crime International, 22(4), 10-11.

Book Chapters

Twyman-Ghoshal, A., & Passas, N. (2015). State and corporate drivers of global dysnomie: Horrendous crimes and the law. In Gregg Barak (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of the Crimes of the Powerful. Abington: Routledge

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2014). Dysnomie and the contemporary maritime piracy challenge. In Emil Plywaczewski (Ed.), Current problems of the penal law and criminology: Aktuelle Probleme des Strafrechts und der Kriminologie (6th Ed.) (775-789). Warsaw: C.H.Beck

Passas, N., & Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2012). Controlling Piracy in Southeast Asia – Thinking Outside the Box. In R. Beckman & A. Roach (Eds.), Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN: Prospects for Cooperation (62-94). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A., & Rousseau, D. (2010). From the American Dream to a Global Dream. In G. Tamene, W. Bagatelas, D. Reichardt, & B. Sergi (Eds.), Studies in Contemporary International Relations and Politics (76-92). Leverkusen Opladen: Budrich UniPress.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2005). Corruption, Fraud and Organized Crime in the Emerging Baltic Economies. In B. Sergi and W. Bagatelas (Eds.), Ethical Implications if Post Communist Transition Economics and Politics in Europe (343-366). Bratislava: Prve Vydane IURA

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (1997). Baltic Shipping Company in Decline. In Eric Ellen (Ed.), Shipping at Risk - The rising tide of organized crime. (280-285), Paris: ICC Publishing.

Book Reviews:

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2012). Book Review: Exploring the Boundaries of International Criminal Justice.
International Criminal Justice Review, 22(3), 326-327.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A., & Rousseau, D. (2008). Book Review: Reintegration of Rehabilitation: Making people happy.
Crime, Law and Social Change, 50(4-5), 407-410.


Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (2014). Documenting Contemporary Maritime Piracy: Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database 2001-2010. Retrieved from

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. (1998). Emerging Baltic States - A Trade Perspective. Paris: ICC Publishing.


Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Maritime Piracy: Anomie in Somalia", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2014, San Francisco, CA.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Results from the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database 2001 to 2010", International Maritime Bureau Colloquium, August 2014, London, UK.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Maritime Piracy in Somalia", Swiss Academy for Development Colloquium, August 2014, Biel, Switzerland.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Exploring Historical and Political Context in Studying International and Transnational Crimes", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Understanding Contemporary Maritime Piracy: A Case Study of Somalia", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Contemporary Maritime Piracy", Endicott College Colloquium, April 2013, Beverly, MA.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Piracy Redefined: Results from the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database 2001-2010", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2012, Chicago, IL.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Understanding Contemporary Maritime Piracy", Northeastern University Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo, April 2012, Boston, MA.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Developing an Empirically Based Typology of Contemporary Maritime Piracy", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2011, Washington, DC.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A. "Modern Maritime Piracy 1991-2001", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2009, Philadelphia, PA.

Warfield, G., & Twyman-Ghoshal, A., "The Social Construction of the Dangerous and Perverse", American Society of Criminology Meeting, November 2008, St.Louis, MI.

Twyman-Ghoshal, A., & Rousseau, D.  “The Feminine Role in Ideologically Driven, Collective Criminality”, American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2007, Atlanta, GA.


  • Ph.D., Criminology & Justice Policy, Northeastern University
  • LL.M., International Business Law, Queen Mary, University of London (UK)
  • LL.B., Business Law, University of Wolverhampton (UK)

Research Interests

  • Transnational and International Crime
  • Globalization and Governance
  • Maritime Piracy
  • State and Corporate Crime
  • Terrorism

Courses Taught

  • Criminology
  • Critical Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods for Criminology
  • Globalization and Transnational Crime
  • Terrorism
  • State Crime and Human Rights