Dr Amanda Matravers

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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


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