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  • Kate West

    LLB (Hons) (Edinburgh) MSc (Oxon)

    Lecturer in Criminology

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Kate West

    Kate West is a specialist in the visual-cultural history of criminal identification. Kate's research diversifies the range of visual media typically associated with criminal identification in order to challenge the intellectual boundaries between criminology and criminal justice on the one hand and the visual arts on the other. Kate joined Oxford Brookes as Lecturer in Criminology in 2017. Before joining Oxford Brookes, Kate was Sessional Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading. Kate is finalizing her ESRC-funded DPhil, From Renaissance to Romance: A History of Art in Cesare Lombroso’s Criminology, at Green Templeton College and the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Kate has an ESRC-funded MSc (Distinction) from Hertford College and the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and an LLB Hons (First Class) from the School of Law, University of Edinburgh.

    Kate has taught a wide range of topics in criminology, criminal justice and law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including: the sociology of crime and deviance; policing; sentencing; prisons; criminal legal theory; and visual research methods. Kate is developing a third-year undergraduate module that guides students through the visual culture of criminology and criminal justice from the nineteenth century to the present day.

    Modules taught

    U6900 Crime and Criminology in Context
    U69001 Crime in Theory and Practice
    Kate specialises in the visual-cultural history of criminal identification. Kate’s research on criminal identification moves beyond photography—the visual medium typically associated with criminal identification—to consider a broader range of visual mediums, specifically those traditionally associated with the visual arts. Kate’s current project From Renaissance to Romance: A History of Art in Cesare Lombroso’s Criminology recovers and analyses previously ignored discussions about the visual arts in Cesare Lombroso’s nineteenth-century science of criminology. This project revises the origin story of criminology, re-reading Lombroso’s science in terms of creative, specifically artistic practices. Kate is also developing a research project on the history of modern criminal courtroom artists and their practice in the United Kingdom and United States from the late nineteenth century to the present day.