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Professor Anne-Marie Kilday was educated at the University of St Andrews before completing her DPhil in History at the University of Strathclyde. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
She has been teaching at Oxford Brookes since 2001. Professor Kilday is now the Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience after being Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for six years.
In 2014 Professor Kilday was awarded 'Most Inspirational Lecturer' in the annual Oxford Brookes students' union Teaching Awards and she has received further nominations in subsequent years in various categories.
Professor Kilday's research focuses on the history of violent crime and its punishment in Britain and America since 1600. The subject of crime is examined through a range of different contexts and perspectives in order to come to a fuller understanding of its importance over time and place. Her most recent book-length publication was published with Routledge in 2018 and is entitled Crime in Scotland 1660-1960: The Violent North?
Professor Kilday's specialist teaching includes modules such as Bloody Histories: Crime and Violence in the West; Jack the Ripper and the Victorian Underworld; Crime and Punishment Through the Ages; and, In Cold Blood: Violence in the Modern Era. In these courses, the subject of crime is examined through a range of different contexts and perspectives in order to come to a fuller understanding of its importance over time and place.
Professor Kilday has supervised undergraduate and MA dissertations on a range of topics including juvenile crime, female deviance, domestic violence, gang warfare, serial killing and capital punishment. She is currently supervising doctoral research students working on juvenile crime in Oxfordshire and London in the second half of the 19th century and filicide (parental killing) in 20th century Britain.
Anne-Marie is a member of the British Society of Criminology, Social History Society, SSHA Criminal Justice / Legal History Network and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a founding member of SOLON, editor of the Bloomsbury book series on the history of crime, deviance and punishment and on the editorial board of the journal Crime, History and Societies.