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Dr. Sappho Xenakis joined Birkbeck in April 2013 as a Lecturer in Criminology. She is currently deputy Chair of the School's REF Working Party.

Sappho holds BSc and MSc degrees in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Prior to taking up her position at Birkbeck, Sappho held Marie Curie Fellowships at the Centre for Sociological Research on Law and Penal Institutions (CESDIP) in Paris and at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens, and was an LSE Fellow in International Relations. In 2011, she won the Young Criminologist Award of the European Society of Criminology for her article ‘Pride and Prejudice: Comparative Corruption Research and the British Case’, published in Crime Law and Social Change in 2010.

She is currently a Book Review Editor for Critical Criminology (the official journal of the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology and of the Critical Criminal Justice Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences), and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology. Between 2011-2015, she was also an advisory board member of the openSecurity division of the online forum for political analysis openDemocracy.

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