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Anastasia Chamberlen

Associate Professor of Sociology


Telephone: (0)24 765 23037

Room: D0.19, Sociology Department, Social Sciences Faculty

Feedback and Advice Hours: On Maternity Leave from April 2019

Twitter: @A_Chamberlen


I joined Warwick 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.


  • 2017 British Society of Criminology’s Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network Article Prize
  • 2018 European Society of Criminology 'Young Criminologist of the Year' prize

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.

Current projects:

1. Addressing the Prisons Crisis

This project was 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. Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities and Lived Experiences in Women’s Prisons

This study 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 Problem of Punishment: Renewing Critique

This a collaborative project that examines the urge to punish today. 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 punitivity. 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.



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

Book Cover

Special Issues Edited

  • Carvalho, H., Chamberlen, A. and Duff, A. (eds.) (2019) 'The Problem of Punishment: Renewing Critique', Social & Legal Studies, Vol. 28 (1). View
  • Chamberlen, A. Weinberg, C. and Dockley, A. (eds.) (2019) 'Special Edition on the Prison Crisis', Prison Service Journal, 243. Available OA: View

Peer Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

  • Chamberlen, A. and Carvalho, H. (2019) 'Punitiveness and the Emotions of Punishment: Between Solidarity and Hostility', in M. H. Jacobsen and S. Walklate (eds.), Towards a Criminology of Emotions (London: Routledge).
  • Carvalho H., Chamberlen A. & Duff, A. (special issue eds.) (2019) 'Introduction to the Special Issue The problem of Punishment: Renewing Critique', Social & Legal Studies. Vol. 28 (1). View
  • Chamberlen, A., Weinberg, C., & Dockley, A. (2019) 'Is there a Prison Crisis? Thinking Creatively and Dialogically about Prison's Old and New Problems', Prison Service Journal, 243. View
  • Chamberlen, A. and Carvalho H. (2019) 'The Thrill of the Chase: Punishment, Hostility and the Prison Crisis', Social & Legal Studies. Vol. 26 (1), pp. 100-117. 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 Criminology20(2), pp 205-219. View

Other Publications & Media

  • Chamberlen, A. (2019) 'Interview: The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke Reflects on Recent Problems in Prisons', Prison Service Journal, 243. View
  • Chamberlen, A. (2019) 'Building Up to Today's Prison Crisis: An Interview with the Former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick', Prison Service Journal, 243. View
  • Chamberlen, A. and Weinberg, C. (2019) 'Crises of Selfhood and Expressions of Punishment: A conversation with Psychotherapist Susie Orbach', Prison Service Journal, 243. View
  • 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.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • 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
  • Health and Vulnerability in Criminal Justice; Studies on Identities, Subjectivities, Emotions, Lived Experiences, Bodies or Embodiment; Qualitative Research in Criminology.

Current Ph.D Candidates:

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.

Malcolm MacQueen

Project: 'Philosophy in Prison: Critical Pedagogy and Marginal Standpoints', funded by an ESRC 1+3 Scholarship.

Erika Herrera Rosales

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

Teaching 2018-19 (*On Maternity Leave from April 2019)

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


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