Biography

I am the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College, Oxford. Following a doctorate in the Faculty of Law at Oxford (2012-16), I held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, also in the Faculty, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Law at Christ Church (2017-19). I work on topics at the intersection of criminal law, criminal justice, and jurisprudence.

My first book, Respect and Criminal Justice, is forthcoming in October 2019 with Oxford University Press. It offers the first sustained examination of 'respect' in policing and imprisonment in England and Wales, where the value is elusive but of persisting significance. It can be pre-ordered hereFunded by the Leverhulme Trust, I am currently working on a second book on Keywords: Ethical Discourse and Criminal Justice. It charts the shift towards an ethical vocabulary in criminal justice in recent decades, and examines how terms such as 'fairness', 'humanity', 'hope', 'dignity', 'respect', and 'justice' shape the process of calling individuals to account for their alleged wrongdoing.

At Lincoln College, I teach the core papers in Criminal Law (Law Moderations), Constitutional Law (Law Moderations), and Jurisprudence (Finals). In the Faculty of Law, I teach, set, and examine the optional paper on the Philosophy of Punishment (Finals). I am strongly committed to access and outreach activities at Oxford, and welcome enquiries from Law applicants from non-selective state schools and colleges, and those with no prior exposure to the system.

In Spring 2019, I was elected to the Inaugural Visiting Fellowship in Law at the newly-instituted Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice. In 2020, I will return to Cambridge as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics, and spend time at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany.

 

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Research Interests

  • Criminal law and justice
  • Philosophy of law, and especially of punishment

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Jurisprudence, Criminal Law (Mods), Constitutional Law (Mods)

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