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Chancellor's Fellow | Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

I am a sociologist of punishment. In particular, I am interested in comparative and historical study of incarceration, penal cultures and penal politics.

In 2023 I was named as on of ten New Generation Thinkers by the BBC and AHRC. I have been the recipient of the Theoretical Criminology Best Article Prize and the British Society of Criminology's Best Article Prize for a new scholar.

I have published on the history of prisons in Ireland and Scotland, comparative punishment, and am currently writing a book on the rise and fall of Magdalene Laundries in the Republic of Ireland.


  • –present
    Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde


  • 2018 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD Law/Criminology