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Anastasia Chamberlen

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Telephone: +44(0)24 765 23037

Room: D0.19

Twitter: @a_chamberlen

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I joined Warwick as Assistant Professor in Sociology in March 2016. Before that, I was a lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck, Univeristy of London and previously taught modules in criminology and criminal justice, gender, social research methods and the sociology of health and illness at the London School of Economics and at King’s College London. I completed a BA (Hons) degree in History and Sociology at the University of Warwick, a MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Law/Criminology at King’s College London.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the areas of theoretical criminology, the sociology of punishment and prisons, feminist theory and theoretical debates in the study of emotions, embodiment and health. My work is usually empirically informed and it broadly covers themes such as the lived experiences of imprisonment; the embodied aspects of women’s survival strategies in prison; marginalization, vulnerability and stigma in criminal justice; and the relationship between emotions and the motivation to punish.

I'm currently working on three projects:

1. The first project, titled Addressing the Prisons Crisis is supported by Warwick's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and by a smaller Creative Exchange fund. It involved organising a series of activities in 2017 and 2018 that sought to raise public engagement and knowledge on the experience of imprisonment, the politics around punishment and what has recently been termed as a 'crisis' in English prisons. Some details and videos from the most recent event on the prison crisis are here.

2. The second project, titled Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities and Lived Experiences in Women’s Prisons, theoretically and empirically explores women's experiences of imprisonment. It advances a post-Cartesian study of lived experience in prisons and it shows how the prisoner’s body is central to her experience of pain, deprivation and punishment during and after custody. The study also shows how the prisoner body is a main means of survival and resistance in punitive institutions.

3. The third project, titled The Problem of Punishment: Renewing Critique is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that examines the urge to punish in neoliberal societies. It deconstructs the concept of emotions in order to better understand the social, as well as psychical, dimensions of pursuing punishment even when it is ineffective. The aim of the project is to challenge the rationale behind the normative justifications for punishment, and to propose a more holistic and trans-disciplinary theory of the role of punishment in our society. The Journal Social & Legal Studies has funded events on this project which were hosted by the Warwick Criminal Justice Centre. More details of past and future events and discussions on this project can be seen here. More recently, this project has evolved into a study titled Punishing Politics that looks at the relationship between political orientations and ideologies and the rise in sentiments of hostility and punitiveness. A pilot project on this is supported by Warwick's RDF fund.

Research Supervision

I'm interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

  • The Sociology of Punishment; The Sociology of Prison Life
  • Gender and Criminal Justice; Feminist Critiques of Criminal Justice
  • Critical and Radical Criminology; the emotions and the politics of punishment
  • The sociology of the body/embodiment
  • Health and Vulnerability in Criminal Justice; Studies on Identities, Subjectivities, Emotions, Lived Experiences, Bodies or Embodiment; Qualitative Research in Criminology.

Current Ph.D Candidates:

Erika Herrera Rosales ; Project: "When Migrants are not Human: Victim Discourse of Central America Migrants in Mexico", funded by the Chancellor's International Scholarship.

Lucia Bracco Bruce ; Project: "Burriers’ Matters, Femininities, and Drug-Trafficking: A case study of Women Imprisoned for Drug Trafficking in Peru" funded by the Chancellor's International Scholarship.


Chamberlen, A (2018) Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities and Lived Experiences in Women’s Prisons, Clarendon Studies in Criminology Series, Oxford University Press. View

Chamberlen, A. and Carvalho H. (Online First) 'The Thrill of the Chase: Punishment, Hostility and the Prison Crisis', Social & Legal Studies. View

Carvalho, H. and Chamberlen, A. (2018) 'Why Punishment Pleases: Punitive Feelings in a World of Hostile Solidarity', Punishment and Society Vol 20 (2), pp. 217-234. View

Chamberlen, A. (2017) 'Changing Bodies, Ambivalent Subjectivities, and Women’s Punishment', Feminist Criminology, 12( 2) pp. 125-144. View

Carvalho, H. and Chamberlen, A. (2016) ‘Punishment, Justice and Emotions’ in M. Tonry (ed), Oxford Handbooks Online (Criminology and Criminal Justice, Punishment Theories). View 

Chamberlen, A. (2016) ‘Embodying Prison Pain: Women's' self-injury practices in prison and the emotions of punishment’, Theoretical Criminology 20(2), pp 205-219. View

  • Awarded the 2017 British Society of Crimonology's Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network Article Prize

Other Publications & Media

Chamberlen, A. (2017) 'Life Behind Bars: Can Prison be Better than this?' , ESRC Blog: Shaping Society. view here

Chamberlen, A. (2017) 'Beyond Bars: A Festival of Talent and Hope', Inside Time: The National Newspaper for Prisoners and Detainees (28 July 2017). view here 

Chamberlen, A. (2016) 'The real prisons crisis is the damage the system does to its prisoners' , The Conversation. View. Reposted at the prisoners' national newspaper , Inside Time in January 2017 view here.

Chamberlen, A. (2016) 'Critiquing Carceral Societies through Sur les Toits', in “Sur les Toits”: A Symposium on the Prison Protests in Early 1970s France, Antipode, available here.

Chamberlen, A. (2015) ‘Book Review: Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice’ in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Vol. 15(3) pp. 378–383.

Chamberlen, A. (2014) ‘Book Review: The Politics of the Body’, in Gender and Society.

Chamberlen, A. (2011) ‘Book Review: Debating Obesity: Critical Perspectives’ in Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 33, Issue 6, pp. 966-967.

Teaching 2018-19

Crime and Society - Autumn Term, First Year UNG. Optional
Punishment, Justice and Control - Autumn Term, Final Year UNG. Optional