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Erin Sanders-McDonagh

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent

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.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent