Biography

My doctoral research explores the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender prisoners in England and Wales. 

Prior to my PhD I completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford, having gained a first class degree in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

My research is funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 Studentship.

Conference Presentations

November, 2017. Unity and Difference: Intersectional Reflections of an LGBT Academic Researching Gender and Sexual Minority Prisoners. The American Society of Criminology

November, 2017. Policies and Procedures: How Prisons Support LGBT Inmates, On Paper and In Practice. The American Society of Criminology

September, 2017. Distinguishing between debate and discrimination in discussions about LGBT identities. Intersectional Conversations, University of Oxford. 

June, 2017. Being LGBT in Prison: Experiences on Paper and in Practice, Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward, British Sociological Association, University of Surrey

February, 2017. I'm Not a Woman. I'm Not a Man. I am Something That You'll Never Understand. St Hilda's Gender Equality Festival, University of Oxford. 

July, 2016. Gender Offenders: Paying Attention to Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People in Prison. British Society of Criminology. 

June, 2016. Gender Offenders: Paying Attention to Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People in Prison. Green Templeton College Graduate Conference in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford. 

January, 2016. Organised a writing workshop for PhD students at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. 

July, 2015. Queering The Prison: What Does it Mean to be 'Out' Inside? The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities Summer School, University of Durham.

May, 2015. 'Theoretical and Practical Considerations when Researching Non-Cisgender and Non-Heterosexual People in Prison'. Green Templeton College Graduate Conference in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford.

April, 2015. Queering The Prison: What Does it Mean to be 'Out' Inside? The Sex(y) Seminar Series, University of Sunderland

Publications

Harris, M. (2017). 'An Insider's Guide to Being Transgender in Prison', The Conversation.

Harris, M. & Emerton, R. (2016). 'New Policy on Transgender Prisoners: Progressive but can Prisons Keep Pace?', Inherently Human.

Harris, M. (2016). 'British Prisons Must Now Recognise Gender Fluid and Non-Binary Inmates', The Conversation. 

Harris, M. (2016). 'Everyday Cissexism: Living in a World Based on Gender Binaries', The Huffington Post.

Harris, M. & Burtt, E. (2016). '50th Anniversary: 'Transforming Incarceration' Lecture by Dr Stephanie Covington', Centre for Criminology Blog, University of Oxford

Harris, M. (2015). 'Behind Closed Bars: Sex in Prison', The Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network Bulletin, 26: 35-36. 

Harris, M. (2015). ‘Trial by Public Opinion - Should we Democratise Punishment?’, Centre for Criminology Blog, University of Oxford.

Teaching

2017-2018. Teaching Researching Society: Qualitative Methods. Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, City, University of London. 

May, 2017. Delievered Workshop Researcher Identities in the FieldFieldwork in Discussion Series, Social Sciences Skills Training, University of Oxford.

2015-2016. Taught revision sessions for Explanation and Understanding in Criminology, a core module of the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford. 

Administration 

January 2016. Organised a writing workshop for PhD students at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.

September 2015. Examination Invigilator. St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.

May, 2014. Event organiser and panel chair. Riots Reframed - Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion. University of Oxford.

Research Assistance

June - July 2017. Arranging, conducting and transcribing telephone interviews for a research project on the use of video-links for defendants. Transform Justice.

March - April 2014. Condcuted systematic social observation and made structured fieldnotes for a research project on mounted police. University of Oxford & RAND Europe.

Voluntary Roles

August 2015 - January 2017. Member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Bullingdon. 

December 2013 - July 2015. LGBT Representative for St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.

 

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