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Teresa Degenhardt

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Lecturer in Criminology
Room  02.025, 6 College Park
Ext: 1244; Email:


PGCHET (Queen’s University Belfast)

PhD (Ulster University)

MA Criminology and Research Method (Keele University)
Law Degree, 1st Class (Bologna University, Italy)

I am generally interested in theoretical debates at the intersection of criminological theory, sociology and political theory. I have an interest in investigating issues of crime and governance and punishment and governance, as these relate to wider social changes in cultural practices and norms. I mostly draw on the work of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben on power, punishment, sovereignty, governmentality and forms of exclusion in general, but I am also influenced by some post-structuralist feminist writings. 

My PhD thesis analyzes the use of military might in the post 9/11 context with particular reference to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It investigates the overlap of criminology and international relations, the use of war, or the threat of it, as a means of establishing order and defining borders in the international sphere, thereby expanding the remit of the discipline. The work provides an alternative narrative for the so-called “war on terror" from the perspective of the punitive intent it endorsed and the practical effects it entailed. Some work from the thesis was presented at the Cortona Colloquium “New Wars, Law and Global Order" attended by Prof. Antonio Cassese and Prof. Danilo Zolo. Prior to that, I worked on prostitution, in particular on a project looking at crimes committed against female migrants. This enquired into issues of youth prostitution in the region of Emilia Romagna (Italy) and was part of the European Project Stop Trafficking in Europe.


I am currently co-investigator in an ESRC/RCUK funded interdisciplinary project on “Tracing Risk and Uncertainty in Security Technology”. This is an ethnographic study of the scientific development of a handheld device to police borders with a view to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons. It looks at how risk and security are conceptualized and imagined in the process of technical development of such a border control device. 

Supervision: Please feel free to contact me to discuss possible research projects.

Key Words: criminological theory, international criminology and global justice, war, the intersection of criminology and political theory, state crimes, surveillance, security, governmentality and bio-politics, risk, penology, reactions to crime and feminist theories more generally.


Convener: Criminological Theory (CRM2001); Exploring Criminology (CRM 1002); Research Project and Dissertation (CRM3002)

Selected Publications

  • State Crime, International Criminal Justice and Military Interventions, book contract with Routledge (forthcoming 2015).
  • “Blurring the Boundaries of Sovereignty and Crime Control,” in R. McGarry and S. Walklate (eds), Palgrave Handbook on Criminology and War, Palgrave (forthcoming 2015).
  • “Prostitution,” in R. Atkinson (eds), 50 Shades of Deviance: A Guide to Crime and Social Rule Breaking, Routledge (forthcoming 2014).
  • “The Overlap between War and Crime: Unpacking Foucault and Agamben’s Studies within the Context of the War on Terror,” Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, vol 5, 2, pp 29-58.
  • Review of Pervasive Prevention. A Feminist Reading of the Rise of the Security Society,” by Tamar Pitch, Advances in Criminology Series (Ashgate 2010), Punishment and Society, vol 15, 2, 2013, pp 206-208.
  • Guest Editor for Special Issue “Appunti per uno Sguardo Internazionale,” Studi Sulla Questione Criminale (peer reviewed Italian journal), vol 3, 2012; pp 11-41 (with V. Verdolini).
  • “Dedicato a Stan Cohen,” Studi sulla Questione Criminale, vol 3, 2012, pp 7-8 (with V. Verdolini).
  • “Per una Genealogia della Giustizia Penale Internazionale: Paradossi e Ambiguita” Studi sulla Questione Criminale, vol 3, 2012, pp 11-41 (with V. Verdolini).
  • “Representing War as Punishment in the War on Terror,” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, vol 3, 1, June 2010, 343-358; *Reprinted in R. Jamieson (ed) War in Criminology. Ashgate, 2014.
  • “Global Society Must Be Defended: War is On!” in Mohammadbagher, Forough (ed) At War for Peace. Oxford: Inter-disciplinary-net Publisher, 2010, pp 81-91.
  • “Convict Criminology: Provocations from Across the Ocean,” Studi sulla Questione Criminale, vol 1,2010, pp 9-23 (with F. Vianello)
  • “The Use of War as Punishment in the International Sphere,” in Benjamin, S. and Orru E. (eds) special issue on “War, Law and Global Order,” Jura Gentium. Journal of Philosophy of Law and Global Politics, vol 4, 2007, pp 15-27.