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Dr. Sappho Xenakis joined Birkbeck in April 2013 as a Lecturer in Criminology.


Sappho holds undergraduate and masters 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. Her masters and doctoral degrees were supported by awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, and she was also a recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Onassis Foundation in Greece.


Prior to taking up her position at Birkbeck, Sappho won Marie Curie European Union 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, was a LSE Fellow in International Relations, and held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). 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. In 2018, she was conferred the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award of the Critical Criminal Justice Section of the US-based Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The award honours 'distinguished accomplishments that represent issues related to critical criminal justice through scholarship, teaching, or service across the most recent two-year period'.


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.