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Dr Heather Panter

Dr Heather Panter

Telephone: 0151 231 3879

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Biography

Dr. Heather Panter is a retired American police detective with 13+ years of law enforcement experience within local and federal police agencies. As an academic, her previous research involved the comparative cross-examination of policing within the United States and the United Kingdom in respect to officers’ cognitive and social perceptions of LGBT+ identities. This research focused on biases, gender theories, psychological conflict theories, intersectionality, subconscious bias, and the issues surrounding social acceptance of those in stigmatised minority groups within policing. A portion of this research was published in her first book titled 'Transgender Cops: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality Expectations in Police Cultures'.

Her general research interests include the usage of crime scene technologies in investigations, investigative science and crime scene processing, LGBT+ criminology, and death studies. Currently, her research projects include the following: homicidal body disposal methods; antemortem injuries and motives in LGBT+ homicides; solvability factors in LGBT+ homicides; and psychological/ emotional attachments to human remains in different states of decomposition within coronial professions (e.g. coroners, pathologists, forensic anthropologists, forensic archaeologists, police, morticians, etc.).

She has a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in criminal justice and an associate degree (A.S.) in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA. She also has a master of science (M.S.) in criminal justice with a specialization in forensic science from Saint Leo University, USA. In 2016, she earned her PhD from Cardiff University in criminology.

She is a passionate teacher who draws upon her previous police experience to create an innovative pedagogic environment that enables students to both grasp and apply complex criminological/ investigative ideas. As a senior lecturer, she is the programme leader of LJMU's MSc Policing and Criminal Investigations and the module leader in the following graduate modules: "Advanced Investigative Skills"; "Forensic and Medicolegal Death Investigations"; "Forensic Cognition: Violence and Victims". Currently, she is also co-supervising PhD projects in policing studies, engineering, and the screen school. She is also interested in future PhD supervision on the following broad topic areas: LGBT+ criminology, investigative issues in crime scenes, usage of technology in crime scenes, forensic taphonomy, and forensic issues during postmortem body recoveries.

She also serves as a consultant for police fictional novels, police television shows, and news agencies. Please feel free to contact her if you have any academic or media inquiries.

Degrees

2016, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology (PhD)
2011, Saint Leo University, United States, Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Science Specialization (M.S.)
2000, University of Tennessee, United States, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (B.S.)
2000, University of Tennessee, United States, Associate Degree in Psychology (A.S.)

Academic appointments

Programme Leader (MSc in Policing and Criminal Investigations), Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Programme Leader (BSc in Policing and Forensics), Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - 2019

Publications

Highlighted publications

Panter HA. 2020. LGBT+ Genocide: Understanding Hetero-Nationalism and the Politics of Psychological Silence Eski Y. Genocide & Victimology Routledge 9781138311718 Publisher Url

Panter HA. 2018. Transgender Cops: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality Expectations in Police Cultures Routledge. Oxfordshire DOI Publisher Url

Chapters

Panter HA. 2020. LGBT+ Genocide: Understanding Hetero-Nationalism and the Politics of Psychological Silence Eski Y. Genocide & Victimology Routledge 9781138311718 Publisher Url

Panter H. 2019. First Responders: Police Shapiro L, Maras M-H. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management Springer 978-3-319-69891-5 DOI Publisher Url

Panter HA. 2019. Investigations: Burglary Shapiro L, Maras M-H. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management Springer 978-3-319-69891-5 DOI Publisher Url

Panter HA. 2018. Airport Security: Incidents that Changed Procedures Shapiro L, Maras M-H. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management Springer 978-3-319-69891-5 DOI Publisher Url

Panter HA. 2018. Airport Security: Procedures in Secured Areas for TSA and private security Shapiro L, Maras M-H. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management Springer 978-3-319-69891-5 DOI Publisher Url

Book

Panter HA. 2018. Transgender Cops: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality Expectations in Police Cultures Routledge. Oxfordshire DOI Publisher Url

Journal article

Panter HA. 2017. Pre-Operative Transgender Motivations for Entering Policing Occupations International Journal of Transgenderism, 18 :305-317 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Panter HA. 2013. Backscatter Imaging and Counterterrorism: An Analysis of Legal and Privacy Issues NSU International Journal of Criminal Justice, VIII :8-14 Publisher Url

Parrott E, Panter H, Morrissey J, Bezombes F. A Low Cost Approach to Disturbed Soil Detection Using Low Altitude Digital Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Drones, 3 :50-50 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Book review

Panter HA. 2012. Defining terrorism and counterterrorism methods Crime, Law and Social Change: an interdisciplinary journal, 58 DOI Author Url

Panter HA. 2012. The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification The Psychologist, 25 :694-695 Publisher Url

Panter HA. 2012. The monster evil: policing and violence in Victorian Liverpool Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 23 :281-282 DOI Author Url

Panter HA. 2012. Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979 Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 1 :63-66 DOI Publisher Url

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Transgender Police Negotiating Police Culture: UK and US Occupational Issues, 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Munster, Germany, Oral presentation. 2016

Media Coverage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRktSEAzqUI, https://twitter.com/coe/status/996024853269491713, Council of Europe (Deep Dive Interview) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Transgender Police and Work Rights.

Panter, H. (2016). I was a white police officer in the US – I know how deep the crisis of racism is. The Conversation. [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/i-was-a-white-police-officer-in-the-us-i-know-how-deep-the-crisis-of-racism-is-62377..

Panter, H. (2016). You’re rarely safe being LGBT+ in the American South – even from the police. The Conversation. [online] Available at: https://theconversation.com/youre-rarely-safe-being-lgbt-in-the-american-south-even-from-the-police-61032..