Biography

Kristi Cooper worked for a number of years as an Electorate Officer for an Independent MLA of the Parliament of New South Wales, researching policing and drug matters, after completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Kristi then completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, after graduation in 2005 joining the Attorney General's Department of New South Wales, working first within the Criminal Practice Group of the Crown Solicitor's Office and then in the Criminal Division of the NSW District Court.

In 2006 Kristi was appointed Chief Researcher to the Justices of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales, assisting the Justices with a range of criminal and civil matters. She was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the New South Wales Supreme Court in 2007.

In late 2007, Kristi moved to the United Kingdom, completing an MPhil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge.  Her research concerned the Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, a radical US movement of the 1960s and precursor to the Weathermen / Weather Underground.

Kristi's interests include group and organizational behaviour, security, social control, desistance, radicalization and radical movements.  She is an expert on current counter-ideological legislation, as well as WWII and Cold War ideologies and counter-ideological methods.

Kristi's prizes and scholarships in Criminology and Law include the Wakefield Scholarship 2007-2008, a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Bursary 2007 - 2008, the Tuh Fuh and Ruby Lee Memorial Prize in Law, the JH McClemens Memorial Prize in Criminology, the Sybil Morrison Prize for Jurisprudence, and an Australian Institute of Criminology Research Internship, Canberra, 2005.

Kristi is a Wingate Scholar for 2009 - 2012, the Wingate Scholarship generously supporting Kristi's DPhil research at Oxford.

Kristi lectures in the Law of Evidence, Criminal Behaviour Analysis, Advanced Criminal Justice Theory and Application, Criminal Law, Criminological Theory, and Research Methods for a prominent international University.

She has presented papers on counter-ideology and counter-terrorism, as well as upon various legal and jurisdictional matters under the Australian and UK legislative framework, at conferences in Barcelona, Quebec, Stockholm, Sheffield, and most recently presented on her current research in Singapore at the International Conference on Community Engagement (ICCE), September 2011.

Her work at Oxford concerns British WWII efforts regarding Control Council denazification and the ideological re-education of Axis Prisoners of War.

Kristi's research and professional associations include: the Cambridge University Intelligence Committee (Cambridge); the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War; the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group; the Oxford Intelligence Group; Brasenose Lessons in Government Seminar Series; the Public International Law Discussion Group; the Cambridge Union; the Commonwealth Society (Cambridge); and the Glanville Williams Society, Jesus College (Cambridge).

An inveterate traveller, Kristi most recently returned from a road trip from Istanbul to the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai, journeying through the forts of Aleppo and Krak Des Chevaliers, and spending time with the Bedouin in Jordan's magnificent Wadi Rum, where she reacquainted herself with mansaf and the correct way to guide an obstreperous camel across the desert.

Research Interests

National Security, Prisoners of War, Diplomacy, Intelligence History, Criminal Law, Ethics.

Research projects