Adam Kluge

DPhil Criminology

Other affiliations

Lincoln College


Adam Kluge is a DPhil Candidate at the Centre for Criminology. His research exists at the intersection of prisoners’ families research, penal governance, political economies of punishment, and the nuanced ways in which the kin of offenders experience state-sanctioned stigmatisation following their relative’s offence. Drawing from the fields of social anthropology and political theory, his work offers a theoretical reconsideration of stigma as a political tool operated by both state and local actors to systematically shame marginalised communities throughout the criminal legal process. This project further contends that the role of the offender’s kin can be mapped onto broader political arguments around social othering and state power, providing a novel consideration of the family as an active political subject.

Adam's work seeks to restore a sense of autonomy to those whose collateral experience of the carceral state uniquely––and damagingly––constructs their perceptions of society and self. Relying upon ethnographic inquiry in American metropoles and Europe, he is interested in exploring the following research questions: How are families belonging to minority identity groups being policed in the domestic space, especially following the offence of a kin member? How are these communities uniquely stigmatised and traumatised following the arrest and incarceration of a relative? When does the criminal legal process begin, and who can be considered a 'carceral citizen'? What impact does political stigma have upon individuals’ internal and external perceptions of self? His DPhil research is supervised by Professor Rachel Condry and supported by the ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentship and Lincoln College's Kingsgate Scholarship.

Adam completed the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford in 2023, graduating with distinction. His master’s dissertation was awarded the annual Routledge Prize for the best dissertation in Criminology. During his time in Oxford, he has worked as a researcher supporting the local charity Children Heard and Seen and participated in the Europaeum Scholars Programme. Before starting graduate school, Adam completed a dual BA in Political Science and History at Columbia University, graduating with interdepartmental honours.

Research Interests

Shame and stigma; political economy; the state regulation of family life; prisoners' families; family violence; the families of offenders and victims; political theory; social anthropology; youth justice; secondary criminalisation; crime control and democratic politics