Mary Bosworth

Professor of Criminology

Other affiliations

Border Criminologies St Cross College


Mary Bosworth is founder and  Co-Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control. In addition to being Professor of Criminology, she is a Fellow of St Cross College. Prof. Bosworth conducts research into the ways in which prisons, immigration detention centres and deportation uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are subject to these practices or work in these fields negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Britain, France, Greece, the US and Australia.  It has been funded by the European Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, the Australian Research Council, and the John Fell Fund. Further details about some of these projects can be found on the Border Criminology website. Mary is the UK Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Criminology, co-editor of  Clarendon Studies in Criminology at Oxford University Press and the Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship, and a member of the editorial boards of Race & Justice, Incarceration, Punishment & Societyand the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

She teaches courses on the MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice on 'Criminal Justice, Migration and Citizenship', 'Theorizing Punishment', 'Prisons',  and 'Qualitative Methods'. She supervises DPhil, MSc and MPhil students on her main areas of research but is particularly keen to work with students focused on immigration detention and deportation.