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Lecturer, 19th-Century History and Digital Humanities, University of Liverpool

Zoe Alker is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy at Liverpool University where she researches and teaches crime history and digital humanities.

Her research agenda centres on histories of crime and justice in the 19th century. Through digital analysis, and the use of a range of interdisciplinary social research techniques to recreate the lives, families, and neighbourhoods of Victorian offenders, her work uses historical data to inform contemporary criminal justice policy.

She was appointed as Lecturer in the Department in 2016, and prior to this, was postdoctoral researcher on two leading digital crime history projects: Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London's Punishments, 1780-1925 (AHRC), and After Care: Youth Justice and its Impacts, 1855-1925 (Leverhulme). She is keen to develop collaborations and take on postgraduate supervision in the following areas: Crime History, Big Data, Young Offenders and Youth Justice, Crime and the Life Course, and Digital Humanities.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Liverpool