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In memory of Professor Clive Emsley

Research Associates

  • Dr Georgina Sinclair
  • Dr John Carter Wood

Current Visiting Fellows

The ICHCPJ often welcomes researchers on criminal justice history to the Centre, to use its facilities, to participate in its events and to benefit from its vibrant research culture.

For further information on how to apply for a Visiting Fellowship please contact us.

For a list of past Visiting Fellows to the centre, see below.

Associate Members

  • Dr David Churchill (University of Leeds)
  • Dr Janet Clark
  • Dr Anastasia Dukova (Queensland Police Service)
  • Dr Jonathan Dunnage (Swansea)
  • Dr Louise Ryland-Epton
  • Dr Gonçalo Goncalves (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Dr Robert Hopps
  • Dr Anja Johansen (Dundee University)
  • Dr Robert Morris (The Open University)
  • Dr Gerry Oram (University of Swansea)
  • Dr Elaine Saunders
  • Dr David Smale
  • Dr Angela Sutton-Vane

Current Research Students

The Centre has a number of research students attached to it completing dissertations on a range of topics related to criminal justice history. The diverse interests of the members of the Centre mean that we can offer doctoral supervision in many areas to both full time and part time students. If you are interested in completing a research degree in this area, we would like to hear from you. 

  • Sophie Michell, 'The Dynamics of Death: Peterborough Coroners' Court, 1854-1905'

Former Research Students

  • Dr Laura Allan, 'The Public History of the UK Criminal Justice System' (PhD)
  • Dr Marcos Bretas, 'You Can't! The Daily Exercise of Police Authority in Rio de Janeiro: 1907-1930' (PhD)
  • Dr Ian Bridgeman, 'Policing Rural Ireland: a study of the origins, role and development of the Irish Constabulary in the nineteenth century' (PhD)
  • Dr David Churchill, 'Crime, policing and social relations in urban England and Wales, with special reference to West Yorkshire, c.1860-1914’ (PhD)
  • Dr Janet Clark, 'The Police, the Campaign for Civil Liberties and the Dynamics of Disorder in Inter-War Britain' (PhD)
  • Dr Fewtrell Clements, 'The Development and Aims of the Denbighshire Constabulary in the Nineteenth Century' (PhD)
  • Mr Mervyn Dove, 'The role of Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies in Central Scotland 1850-1914' (MLitt)
  • Dr Gonçalo Goncalves, 'The Police and the City: "Public Safety" as part of the police organisation and police task (Lisbon, 1867-1910)' (PhD)
  • Dr Michael Hassett, 'British Government Responses to Terrorism' (PhD)
  • Dr Robert Hopps, ''Newspaper Reporting and Robbery in Late 18th Century London' (PhD)
  • Dr Julie Leigh, 'County police chief constables, 1857-1914' (PhD)
  • Dr John McGowen, 'The Emergence of Modern Civil Police in Scotland: A Case Study of the Police and Systems of Police in Edinburghshire between 1800-1833' (PhD)
  • Dr Vivien Miller, 'Murder punishment and the State Board of Pardon in Florida,1880-1910' (PhD)
  • Dr Robert M Morris, 'The Home Office and the Metropolitan Police 1829-1914' (PhD)
  • Dr Paul Muskett, 'Smuggling in the 18th century; social crime or entrepreneurial activity, some comparative aspects' (PhD)
  • Dr Gerry Oram, 'Military Police Executions in the British Army during WW1' (PhD)
  • Dr Ashley Paton, ' "A system of maltreatment": Marital cruelty in Victorian Glasgow' (PhD)
  • Dr Elaine Saunders, 'From constables to constabulary: eighteenth and early nineteenth century systems of policing in Hertfordshire' (PhD)
  • Dr Maureen Scollan, 'Parish Constables in Essex' (PhD)
  • Dr David Smale, 'The Development of the New Police in the Scottish Borders, c.1840-1890' (PhD)
  • Dr Alice Smalley, 'Popular representations of crime: a move from the here-and-now to the historical, 1867-1938' (PhD)
  • Dr Angela Sutton-Vane, 'The Material Culture of Murder Files: Police Archives as Texts and Artefacts' (PhD)
  • Dr Jack Taylor, 'Sexual Violence against men c. 1760-1860' (PhD)
  • Dr Jenny Ward, 'Origins and Development of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science in England 1823-1946' (PhD)
  • Dr Beth Wilburn, 'Behind the "Front Line":  Non-confrontation Responses to Youth Crime by the Manchester and Salford City Police Forces 1938-1968' (PhD)

Past Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Simon Devereaux (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Dr Songtao Yang (School of law, Henan University, China)
  • Dr Quentin Deluermoz (Université Paris 13 Nord)
  • Mr Mikkel Jarle Christensen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Ms Mary Kilcline Cody (Australian National University)
  • Dr Graeme Dunstall, (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • Mr Kerry Wimshurst (Griffith University, Australia)
  • Damien Cassan, (Lille University, France)
  • Dr Kemi Rotimi, (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
  • Prof. Mark Finnane, (Griffith University, Australia)
  • Dr Darren Palmer, (La Trobe University, Australia)
  • Dr Herbert Reinke, (Universität Wuppertal, Germany)
  • Dr Catherine Clémens-Denys, (University of Lille III, France)


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Contact us

Please direct enquiries about the Centre, including its facilities and access to its resources, to Dr Chris A. Williams:

Department of History
Faculty of Arts
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 652477
Fax: +44 (0)1908 653750