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'Race Against the Machine: Febrile Politics and Stasis Criminology' with Professor Coretta Phillips

Venue: Online

Further details will be added here shortly.

About The Speaker

Coretta Phillips is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy. She joined the Department of Social Policy in September 2001. She is involved in teaching both Social Policy and Criminology in the department at BSc and MSc level and is a member of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology.

Coretta's most recent book, The Multicultural Prison (2012) jointly won the Criminology Book Prize in 2013 and it was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed/British Sociological Association Award for Ethnography in 2014. Coretta has written reports and acted as a consultant for organisations such as the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Judicial Studies Board, Clinks, Howard League for Penal Reform, and the Metropolitan Black Police Association. She serves as an Editor for Oxford University Press' Clarendon Studies in Criminology, is on the editorial boards of Punishment and Society, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Race and Justice, and was previously on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology.


In this paper I use a personal timeline to consider the state of the race and crime field. The both quiet and loud rage against the machine of racist practices in our criminal justice system, discipline and the universities in which we teach and do research is articulated through a socio-biographical lens which fuses lived experience with empirical research and intellectual reflections. This anchors the changing but also continuous nature of febrile politics to expose the particular ways in which race pervades our scholarly field of interest and our lives as academics and human beings in a postcolonial Britain.

Race and Justice Series

This event is part of the Department of Criminology’s Race and Justice Series and is supported by the by the British Society of Criminology's Race Matters Network. For further information, please contact the event organiser and Race Matters Network co-coordinator Dr Monish Bhatia (

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. The event will be hosted on Blackboard Collaborate, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event on the day.

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