Dr Alex Dymock

Personal profile

I joined the School of Law at Royal Holloway in January 2015, having previously held a lectureship in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Edge Hill University. I have also taught at University of Reading and Birkbeck University of London on BSc Criminology and LLB Law programmes. My PhD was completed in 2015 at the School of Law, University of Reading.  

Research interests

My research reflects my educational background and frequently combines methodologies from the humanities and social sciences, an approach I also bring to my teaching. My primary interests are in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, particularly sexual 'deviance' and subcultures, pornography and the law, the history of sexuality, sexual medicine and psychiatry, and feminist and queer theory. I also have interests in the history of drugs, and the relationship between crime, criminal justice and visual culture. 

Presently, I am working on a project funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award with Dr Leah Moyle and Dr Ben Mechen, entitled Pharmacosexuality: the past, present and future of sex on drugs. The project investigates the historical and contemporary interaction between the pharmaceuticalisation of sexuality and recreational drug use in sexual contexts, and uses both archival and qualitative methods. You can read more about our project here, or follow our progress on Twitter: @pharmacosex


Other recent and current research projects include:

  • A book developed from my PhD thesis, which examines the interaction between the history of discourses of perversion and criminal law in England and Wales (under contract with Routledge).
  • The longstanding cultural, legal and social impacts of of the Operation Spanner investigation
  • The political economy of contemporary victimology, and specifically the effects of the marketisation of victim services on LGBTQ+ populations.
  • A series of publications on 'revenge pornography'

I'm always happy to receive expressions of interest about PhD supervision related to any of my areas of research.

Educational background

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature - University of Leeds

Graduate Diploma in Law - University of Westminster

MA (Hons) Gender and Culture (Sociology) - Goldsmiths University of London

PhD Law - University of Reading


Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Research Affiliate - Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Birmingham

Committee Member - International Network of Sexual Ethics and Politics

Member - European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

Member - Socio-Legal Studies Association

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