Originally from Liverpool, I graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (First Class Hons) Criminology degree before moving to Queen’s University in Belfast in order to study for an LLM in Human Rights Law, which was successfully funded by the Northern Ireland Department for Education and Learning. Whilst in Belfast I assisted in the delivery of Criminology at Queen’s University, and was also employed by the University of Ulster to deliver ‘Crime and Criminal Justice’ modules. I have also worked as a Researcher with Research and Evaluation Services, and spent two years at Amnesty International’s Nations and Regions Office working on human rights issues such as the ‘Control Arms’ campaign (concerned with the International Arms Trade), and the ‘Love Is A Human Right’ Project (designed to raise awareness of human rights abuses against LGBTQ communities around the world). Following the completion of my Masters Degree, and after deciding to remain in Belfast, I achieved funding from the Northern Ireland Department for Education and Learning to work towards a PhD. This work explored the narratives of former political prisoners in Northern Ireland and examined the motivations, meanings and consequences of making private memories part of a contested public history. Soon after this time I was appointed as Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and teach across a range of Modules on the BA (Hons) Criminology Programme and the Postgraduate MA in Globalising Justice: Human Rights, Crime and Social Justice and the Postgraduate MA in Gender Studies.
Much of my research and teaching concerns the interdisciplinary intersections between crime, human rights and state power, with a particular focus on how such things are experienced by marginalised groups and individuals.
Criminology, State Crime, Human Rights, Political Violence and Terrorism, Race and Racisms
PhD, Queen’s University, Belfast.
LLM in Human Rights Law, Queen’s University, Belfast.
BA (First Class Hons) Criminology, University of Lincoln.
European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control