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Dr Megan McElhone

  • Overview



    Dr Megan McElhone joined the Department of Criminology as a Lecturer in 2020. Megan primarily researches racialised policing.

    Raised on unceded Darug lands in Sydney, Australia, Megan completed her PhD in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales before moving to London to take up her post in the Department. Megan's PhD thesis examined the New South Wales Police Force’s targeted and sustained policing of ‘Middle Eastern’ communities in Sydney between 1998 and 2018. 

    Megan has also contributed to several research projects at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Law School (University of Sydney), and at the Australian Human Rights Commission. These projects variously concerned the unlawful use of police strip search powers, miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions, and workplace sexual harassment.

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director BSc Criminology & Criminal Justice (jointly with Dr Aviah Day)


  • Research


    Research interests

    • The logics, methods and scope of proactive, intelligence-led, and pre-emptive policing
    • The work of ‘specialist’ police squads
    • Race, racism, racialisation, resistance, and refusal
    • Space, place and policing

    Research Centres and Institutes

    Research projects

    Making 'Middle Eastern Crime'

    Section 60 'suspicionless' stops and searches

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Megan welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of her areas of research interest.


    Teaching modules

    • Race, Crime and Justice (LACN014S7)
    • Policing, Race and Justice (LACN025S7)
    • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (LADD059S7)
    • Understanding Crime (LALA146S4)
    • MPhil/PhD Research Methods (LALA228Z7)
  • Publications



    Book Section

  • Business and community

    Business and community


    December 2020 - Webinar: 'Race, Policing and the City'. Part of the Urban Intersections seminar series at Birkbeck, University of London.