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Dr Kate Bates

Dr Kate Bates

Telephone: 0151 231 4701


I am currently module leader for the following undergraduate modules:

4013LAWCJ The History of Crime and Criminal Justice;
6007LAWCJ Victimology;
6002LAWCJ Policing: Policy, Practice and Future Challenges.

I also lead sessions on the following undergraduate modules: Research Methods, and Youth Justice, as well as the postgraduate MA Key Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice.

I am the external examiner for criminology at the University of Wolverhampton.

My research interests include: the history of crime and justice (especially the 19th century); the sociology of punishment (especially Durkheimian theory); media representations of crime (especially victimisation and violence); public attitudes to criminal justice (especially capital punishment); and cultural criminology (especially collective experiences and emotions as affective forces in criminal justice and social control).

I am currently writing a research monograph based upon my PhD thesis, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Kate started at LJMU in August 2014. She previously worked as a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland. She has extensive experience of criminal justice, having served as both a police officer and a civilian caseworker investigating police complaints, and has also served as a panel member for Children’s Hearings Scotland. She is a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, and also LifeLines, a voluntary organisation which befriends prisoners on Death Row in the U.S.


Bates, K. (forthcoming) Crime, Broadsides and Social Change: Moralities of the Masses. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bates, K (forthcoming) 'Broadsides', in Turner, J. et al (eds.) A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bates, K (forthcoming) 'Burke and Hare', in Turner, J. et al (eds.) A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bates, K (forthcoming) 'Crime Fiction', in Turner, J. et al (eds.) A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bates, K. (2014) ‘Empathy or entertainment? The form and function of violent crime in early-nineteenth-century broadsides’, Law, Crime & History, Vol.4, Issue 2, pp.1-27.


‘Bloody Murder!’: The Meaning and Morality of Violent Crime in Early Nineteenth Century Broadsides, British Crime Historians Symposium 3, The Open University, Milton Keynes, September 2012

Criminal Mentalities and Moralities: Representations of Crime and Punishment in Early 19th Century Broadsides, Print Networks Conference on Street Literature: Cheap Print, Popular Culture and the Book Trade, University of Leicester, Leicester, July 2012

‘A Full and Particular Account’: Representations of State Violence in Early 19th Century Broadsides, SOLON International Conference on Crime, Violence and the Modern State III, Lyon 2 University, Lyon, September 2011

Trials and Tribulations: Representations of Criminal Justice in Early 19th Century Broadsides, International Symposium on Courtrooms, the Public Sphere & Convicts, Keele University, Keele, September 2010

Criminal Mentalities – Revisiting the Curiosities of Street Literature, 3rd Annual Conference of the Research Institute for Law, Politics and Justice, Keele University, Keele, November 2009

Morality for the Masses: A Study of British Broadsides 1800-1850, Annual Conference of the British Society of Criminology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, July 2006


2013, Keele University, United Kingdom, PhD in Criminology
2005, Open University, United Kingdom, MA (Distinction) in Social Policy and Criminology
2002, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, P.C.G.E (Post-School Education)
1998, Buckinghamshire College, Brunel University, England, BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminology 2:1

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, School of Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dept. of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, 2002 - 2008


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