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Ruth studied for a BA in Sociology at the University of Lancaster between 1997 and 2000.
Following her undergraduate studies (2000-2001) she was awarded an ESRC Quota Award Scholarship at the University of Leeds Law School to study for an MA in Criminal Justice Studies. The resulting Masters dissertation led to an interest in the notion of celebrities as victims and from this her ESRC funded PhD thesis ‘Celebrated Criminality’ emerged.
Following her PhD (2001-2005) Ruth worked in the Leeds Metropolitan University Law School as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice before coming to the University of York in April 2008 as a Lecturer in Criminology.
Ruth has a broad interest in the cultural and sociological aspects of celebrity, crime and deviance, and death and is keen to supervise PhD students who wish to conduct research in areas that overlap with her key research interests:
She already supervises the following PhD students:
Jack Denham (ESRC 1+3 Award) - Crime, celebrity and fandom: the seductiveness of notoriety (Sept 2013)
Anais Duong-Pedica - Representation of suicide and suicidal behaviour in contemporary society (Sept 2014)
Rosie Smith – Spectacular Criminality and Justice: The case against Foucault’s panoptic privatisation theory of justice (Sept 2015)
Alex Lewington – Exploring the Communication of Otherness in Shonen Manga (Feb 2015)
Ruth has organised funded events:
She has been an invited speaker at:
Millington, G., Penfold-Mounce, R. and Toerien, M. (2014-2016), Widening Participation Initiative Fund, University of York
‘Learning From Experience: A Scoping Study Aimed at Improving Recruitment, Retention and Experience of Sociology Students from Low Income Households’
Ruth is a member of the editorial board for Celebrity Studies. She is also an active reviewer of books for various journals and book proposals and manuscripts for academic publishers.
Also published in the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/hatton-garden-heist-why-we-are-so-fascinated-by-crime-capers-a6817226.html