I am the Director of Studies for the Criminology Undergraduate Programmes in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. I hold a double honours degree in politics and literature from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA, an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from Birkbeck (University of London), as well as an MA in Research Methods and a PhD in Sociology, both awarded by the University of Nottingham.
I am a feminist public scholar with a commitment to radical and engaged pedagogic practices. My research explores inequality in different forms, and I have worked with a range of marginalised groups in recent research projects (eg. sex workers, young men in gangs, women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence). I have also worked with young people at risk of sexual exploitation and young offenders. I have a strong commitment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena. I have done research in Southeast Asia, and I am interested in exploring issues related to women’s health and well-being in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
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University of Kent
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I am a feminist public scholar with a commitment to radical and engaged pedagogic practices. My research explores inequality in different forms, and I have worked with a range of marginalized groups in recent research projects (e.g. sex workers, young men in gangs, women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence). I have a strong commitment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena.
I have also published on the following issues:
- Sex tourism in Thailand and the Netherlands
- Moral geographies of sexual spaces and places
- Gentrification in London (Soho)
- Domestic violence and austerity in the UK
- Prostitution and sex work policies
- Austerity and the impact on vulnerable populations
- Radical pedagogies and the Neoliberal University
I convene the undergraduate SO536 Criminal Justice in Modern Britain and SO533 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice modules, and contribute to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the School.
I have been teaching in Higher Education since 2006, and incorporate radical pedagogies in my teaching practice. I was awarded an Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship from my previous institution (Middlesex University) in 2014 and was also recognized as the 'Most Empowering Teacher' at the student-led MUSU teaching awards in 2015.
I am interested in working with students who have an interest in gender or sexuality studies, in particular postgraduate candidates with an interest in prostitution, sex tourism, sexual spaces, sexual violence, or domestic violence.back to top
- 2015 - Presentation to the Liberal Democrat Working Group on Consenting Commercial Sexual Activity
- 2015 - Presentation for the House of Commons Parliamentary Committee inviting evidence around decriminalisation policy and sex work in the UK (organised by the English Collective of Prostitutes):
- 2015 - Citation of research findings around domestic homicide review in House of Lords debates (Hansard)
- 2010 - Radio presentation on ‘Thinking Allowed' with Laurie Taylor
I am currently working on an evaluation of services for the New Horizons Youth Centre in north London. The three-year project is funded by the Big Lottery and aims to help vulnerable young people (including offenders, and those at risk of offending).
- 2015 - 2018: Editorial Board Member for Sociological Research Online
- 2011 - current: Manuscript reviewer for Sage
- 2010 - current: Manuscript reviewer for Wiley
- 2007 - 2010: Editorial Board Member for ENQUIRE
- 2008 - current: Regular Reviewer for: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management; Gender, Place and Culture; Sexualities; Journal of Gender Studies; Sociological Research Online; Woman's Studies International Forum; International Feminist Journal of Politics
- 2014 - current: Member of the American Association of Geographers
- 2013 - current: Member of the International Political Science Association
- 2013 - current: Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education
- 2011 - current: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2011 - 2014: Membership of the Gender and Feminist Geographies Research Group – RGS-IBG
- 2010 - current: Member of the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group – RGS-IBG
- 2009 - current: Member of British Sociological Association
- 2008 - current: Member of the Royal Geographic Society