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Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Early career academic; former US Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine; former US law enforcement officer

Tanya joined the University of Northumbria in October of 2010. Previously, for nearly five years, she was a deputy sheriff and police officer, which included working in a maximum-security county jail and patrolling a small town. Tanya then served for two years as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. During that time, she wrote grants and designed programs to prevent the trafficking of women.

Tanya is interested in all things relating to green criminology, particularly the illegal wildlife trade, but also smuggling and theft of other natural resources. Her future research plans include examination of industrial agricultural, animal welfare, and the ethics of wildlife consumption. Additionally, Tanya is interested in the intersection of green crimes, organised crime, corporate crime and corruption.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, Northumbria University


  • 2009 
    University of Kent, PhD in Criminology