I am Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Westminster, where I lead modules on prisons and international comparative criminology. I am Visiting Fellow on the Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University, and Visiting Lecturer in the Law School, University of São Paulo.
In the past decade I have visited over 30 prison units in seven Brazilian states and completed two ethnographic studies on prisoner trusties and prison gangs. I am author of a number of articles on Brazilian prisons, and am currently completing a monograph, Self Governing Prison Communities, under contact with Palgrave Macmillan. With Chris Garces, Cornell University, I have edited two collections on Latin American prison ethnographies: 'Informal dynamics of survival in Latin American prisons', Prison Service Journal and (along with Luis Duno-Gottberg and Andrés Antillano) Carceral Communities: Troubling Prison Worlds in 21st Century Latin America, under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press.