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I teach modules on the history of crime and punishment (HIS2010 and HIS3019 at UG level, HISM049 at PG) but am comfortable lecturing on most aspects of British social and cultural history that covers the period from the mid 18th to the early 20th centuries. As a historian of crime I am most interested in the way that crime is portrayed in the media and how that impacts attitudes towards those accused of criminality. I am also fascinated by the use of discretion in all levels of the justice system and in who has access to this discretion.  

Research Interests

The history crime, specifically the role of magistrates/justices of the peace in the period 1750-1914, and the police courts of London in the Victorian era. I am also continually interested by the mythology surrounding crime and criminality, notably the Whitechapel murders of 1888-91. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Summary proceedings and social relations in the City of London, c.1750-1800, University of Northampton

Award Date: 20 Jul 2007


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