Personal profile

Personal profile

Before joining Royal Holloway as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in 2019, I spent 12 years in the US. During this period, I worked at American University, Washington DC (2006-2012); California State University, Stanislaus (2013-2016); and California State University, East Bay (2016-2018). Between 2001-2006 I worked at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology as Director of the MSt Programme in Applied Criminology & Police Management. 

Research interests

I am a qualitative criminologist. My research interests include female criminality; sex offending; prisons; and sociological theories of crime. 

Other work

Prior to entering academia I worked as a practitioner in the criminal justice system My interest in criminology was sparked when I worked as a volunteer at a medium security young offender institution. I spent two years as a lecturer at HMP Highpoint teaching drama, English, and basic skills. I also worked as a creative arts & drama officer for Cambridgeshire Probation Service. 


My teaching interests include Gender & Crime, Criminological Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Penal Policy, Prisons, and Policing.

This year I am teaching on the following courses: CR3028 Gender, Sexuality & Crime; CR3029 Sentencing & Penal Policy; CR2013 Key Perspectives & Debates; CR1013 - Criminal Justice System


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

Criminology, Ph.D, Justifying the Unjustifiable: Stories of Women Sex Offenders, University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology

Award Date: 20 Jan 2001

Criminology, M.Phil, University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996

Education, Post-Graduate Certification in Education (Drama, English, Special Needs), University of Cambridge, Homerton College

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992