Gabrielle Watson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Law and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford. Her current research, on 'keywords' and criminal justice, considers how institutionally-approved terms such as 'courtesy', 'tolerance', 'fairness', 'decency', 'humanity' and 'respect' - together with the legal values that these terms represent and reflect - shape the practice of policing and imprisonment. The project aims to offer a challenging corrective to current scholarship which, at best, gestures towards the significance of our linguistic choices for those we seek to police and punish.
Gabrielle read for a DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Ian Loader, where she held an ESRC Studentship in the Faculty of Law and the Martin Senior Scholarship at Worcester College. She also received an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice with Distinction from the University of Oxford, for which she was awarded the Roger Hood Prize for the best performance, and an LLB with First Class Honours from the University of Edinburgh.
This academic year, Gabrielle teaches FHS Jurisprudence at Christ Church and FHS Philosophy of Punishment in the Faculty of Law. Her first book, Respect and Criminal Justice, is forthcoming in early 2019 with Oxford University Press.
The institutions, values and language of criminal justice