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Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool

Lucy Williams is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Liverpool, specialising in the social history of crime in Britain and Australia 1800-1950. Receiving her PhD from the university of Liverpool in 2014, Lucy has spent the last four years working on the AHRC funded 'Digital Panopticon' project, tracing the lives of 90,000 convict men women and children imprisoned in England or transported to Australia between 1780-1925.

Lucy is particularly interested in the history of women, crime, and deviancy, as well as persistence in and desistance from offending. She has published a number of academic articles on inter-generational offending, sentencing and penal outcomes, and prison demography in the nineteenth century.

Alongside her academic publications, Lucy is the author two books for a general audience: Wayward Women: Female Offending in Victorian England (Pen and Sword, 2016) and Convict and the Colonies: Transportation Tales from Britain to Australia (Forthcoming, Pen and Sword, 2018). She is also co-author (with Barry Godfrey) of a new social history and 'how-to' guide, Criminal Women 1850-1925: Researching the Lives of Britain's Female Offenders (Forthcoming, Pen and Sword, 2018).


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher History of crime in Britain and Australia, University of Liverpool


  • 2014 
    University of Liverpool, Ph.D History