"I’m an Assistant Professor, researching and teaching in the fields of criminology, punishment and the sociology of prisons. This year, I’m teaching two undergraduate modules, a year 1 module called ‘Crime and Society’ and a final year module called ‘Punishment, Justice and Control’. Both modules cover themes including the causes of crime, the criminal justice process, gendered violence and human trafficking, terrorism, women’s offending, media representations of crime and debates and campaigns on the current crisis in English prisons, as well as mass incarceration in its global context.
Students in my classes often engage in class debates, for example on whether prison works or on the death penalty, or prepare group presentations on topics such as domestic violence or policing. Recently, my final year students will get the opportunity to conduct a short interview with a former prisoner, and will have the chance to engage in voluntary work in criminal justice. In Spring, my first students will have the opportunity to visit a prison and will co-organize a film event raising public awareness on racism and discrimination in criminal justice. Some other students will help organize a policy event on prisoner wellbeing which will involve practitioners, NGOs, campaigners and academics from across the UK.
I also conduct qualitative research on the British public’s attitudes to punishment and on prisoners’ experiences of imprisonment. I’m regularly invited to give commentary on media and expert panels, and recently I wrote on the problem of prisoners’ wellbeing, their self-injury practices and recent suicides in English prisons. In the next few months I’ll be publishing a book based on research I conducted with women prisoners in England.
I’m also a former student of Warwick; several years ago I studied for an undergraduate degree in History and Sociology. Warwick has a long standing tradition as a world class institution and the Sociology Department is globally renowned for its high quality research and teaching in a wide range of cutting-edge areas including race, ethnicities and global politics, migration, refugees and asylum, health and illness, educational inequalities, new technologies, science and markets, international perspectives on gender and sexualities, new media and transnationalism, crime and justice, violence and war. As a Sociology student at Warwick I was offered unprecedented insight in my teachers’ ongoing research, which inspired me to become an academic myself. Our ongoing research, activism and public engagement activities inform all of our teaching at the Department, so you would have the chance to choose modules taught by experts in their fields who are truly passionate about their work. And by choosing certain modules, you would also have the chance to pursue a specialization for your degree that reflects your own personal interests.
There’s no better time than now to be studying Sociology. As we are coming to terms with ongoing social and economic crises, and as recent events like the outcomes of the British EU Referendum and the US Election have shown, it is essential to understand who we are, how we relate to one another, and to consider the relevance of significant factors like race, ethnicities, national identities, class and gender in the shaping of our communities and lives.
I hope to meet you soon and I hope that you’ll join us for this important sociological journey here at Warwick."
"Sociology is a broad subject that gives you the opportunity to study how and why things happen. By its nature, it's interdisciplinary encompassing not only sociological thought, but also historical, political, and philosophical thought too. What I love about about Warwick Sociology is the scope for choice with modules and the prestige of lecturers; lots of them have been involved in such interesting research and it's a privilege learning from them."
~ Carys Hill, BA Politics and Sociology, 1st year