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Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Durham University

Dr Emma Milne is Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Durham Law School, Durham University, Durham, UK. Emma obtained her PhD in sociology from the University of Essex, funded by the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE), who are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Following this Emma worked as a lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University and the University of Plymouth.

Emma is a socio-legal scholar, with research interests in the fields of feminist legal studies and feminist criminology. The focus of Emma’s research is the social and legal regulation of women, particularly in relation to sex and reproduction. Her PhD and post-doctoral work consider legal and criminal justice responses to women suspected of causing the death of their newborn children, analysing contemporary examples of criminal court hearings. The wider context of Emma’s work is a consideration of social controls (including legal and criminal justice regulations) on all women, notably in relation to pregnancy, sex, and reproduction.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor, Durham University
  • 2019–2020
    Lecturer, University of Plymouth
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer, Middlesex Univesity

Education

  •  
    Middlesex University, Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education
  •  
    University of Essex, BA (Hons) History and Sociology
  •  
    University of Essex, MA History
  •  
    University of Essex, PhD Sociology

Publications

  • 2020
    Sex and Crime, SAGE
  • 2020
    Putting the Fetus First — Legal Regulation, Motherhood, and Pregnancy, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
  • 2019
    Concealment of Birth: Time to Repeal a 200-Year-Old “Convenient Stop-Gap”?, Feminist Legal Studies
  • 2018
    Women and the Criminal Justice System: Failing Victims and Offenders?, Palgrave

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Prosecuting, Defending, Sentencing: Infant Killing and the Role of the Law and Courts in England and Wales
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants
  • 2018
    Judging the Failed Mother: Women Suspected of Killing Their Newborn Children and the Courts
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Socio-Legal Studies Association Research Grants Scheme
  • 2015
    Newborn Child Killing and Fetal Homicide Laws in the USA
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    AHRC International Placement Scheme
  • 2014
    Suspicious Perinatal Death and the Law: Criminalising Mothers Who Do Not Conform
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    CHASE: Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-east England PhD Studentship Award