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, and was recently interviewed by Jurisprudence in Oxford as a Featured Scholar.
My first book, Respect and Criminal Justice, was published in 2020 by 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. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, I am currently working on a second book entitled Just Words? Ethics and the Language of 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', 'decency', 'dignity', and 'justice' shape the process of calling individuals to account for their alleged wrongdoing. I have given invited talks on these topics in Oxford, Cambridge, and Berlin.
At Lincoln College, I teach the core papers in Criminal Law (Law Moderations), Constitutional Law (Law Moderations), and Jurisprudence (Finals). For our first-year undergraduates, I also convene an extended Law induction programme of my own design. 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 Spring 2021, I will return to Cambridge to take up Visiting Fellowships at the Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics and at Downing College.
- Criminal law and justice
- Philosophy of law, and especially of punishment