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Dr Sarah Turnbull joined Birkbeck as Lecturer in Criminology in 2016. Before coming to Birkbeck, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, between 2013 and 2016, where she helped create, co-direct, and co-edit the international research network Border Criminologies.

Sarah has a PhD in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto (2012). Her book, Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System (UBC Press, 2016), based on her doctoral research, explores the integration of ‘gender’ and ‘diversity’ into Canadian federal parole policy and practice, with a specific focus on how ideas about ‘difference’ shape penal responses for particular groups of offenders. Sarah also has an MA in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies (University of Toronto) and a BA in Women’s Studies (Simon Fraser University).

Sarah has previously worked for Canada’s Department of Justice (Ottawa) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto).