Category Archives: Criminology

June 02

SOCI103 Social Change in Contemporary Society resources

This is a first year core module that has 270 registered students. Learners are provided with a detailed reading list and a module guide with additional readings. The module is split into 3 blocks: Race, Class and Gender. Week 1: What is ‘Race’, what is ‘Ethnicity’? Race and Ethnicity Explained What is race and what […]

June 01

SOCI256 Culture, Power and Social Control sources

This is an optional second year module with 80 students. Learners are provided with additional sources in the reading list and module guide. Week 1: Introduction Women who drink and fight Yvonne Yewkes- monstrous women Gemma Ahearne- Bodies of Excess, Aintree Races How are women who kill portrayed in the media? Sketching women in court […]

May 28

Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry module sources

I run an award-winning module at the University of Liverpool called Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more here. I would like to thank Professor Maggie O’Neill and Dr Alison Jobe for the inspiration and all those at the original Sex Work Research Hub who helped me to design this module. I […]

April 29

Criminologist or criminal? Liminal spaces as the site for auto/biography

I am delighted to announce that my article is now published In Methodological Innovations. I will record a podcast shortly to discuss the article further. You can access the article here. If you use my article for teaching purposes, please let me know for my portfolio. Solidarity to all those with messy stories and struggling […]

April 14

Podcast- Trauma-informed teaching

I have recorded a short podcast below on the value of trauma-informed teaching. I write about trauma throughout my blog and as a teacher with CPTSD I am committed to a trauma-led pedagogical approach. I welcome contact on twitter @plasticdollheads Or via email me via my institution staff webpage here. Kind wishes, Gemma x

April 12

SOCI349 Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry

This post will give you some more information about my award-winning module Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. This is a third year undergraduate module available at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK. You can read more about the module here on our university blog. You can also read more […]

April 11

Attention Whore: Writing to Rupture

I will start this post by thanking the formidable Mona Eltahawy for inspiring it with this essay here. If you are not familiar with Eltahawy’s work, I highly recommend her blog, twitter feed and her book ‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Girls and Women’. In her essay above Mona states that: “A woman who writes […]

March 06

‘Carceral feminism’ and its critics

***Trigger warning, this blog post contains emotive and distressing descriptions and content. This is very much the start of a conversation and a series of articles I am drafting in response to critiques of ‘carceral feminism’. It is by no means an absolute answer. I will engage respectfully with those who wish to genuinely reach […]

March 06

Trauma and reclaiming the body

***Trigger warning: some of this content relates to sexual assault and trauma*** As with most of my ideas they emerge in the classroom or at random times. Instagram scrolling is totally work. One of the modules I lead is SOCI256 Power, Culture and Social Control. This is an innovative and exciting module to teach, with […]

February 27

Girl on Fire

“We reach her as, of course, as we meet all poetic resources blocked from us by mindless packaging and spiritless scholarship” (Adrienne Rich, 1993, p. 101). I write this the weekend before my 37th birthday. My Ph.D was a fluke. I had 6 hours to write my proposal after seeing the scholarship advert the day […]