Rosie Smith
PhD student



  • BA Hons- Sociology with Criminology, University of York‌
  • PhD in Sociology (ongoing), University of York

After completing my undergraduate degree in Sociology with Criminology, I moved to Beijing, China, where I taught English as foreign language for a year. Upon returning to the UK, I started my PhD in the areas of Sociology and Criminology. I also have an interest in classical and contemporary social theory and its applications to crime, culture, and media.

The title of my research is: ‘Spectacular Justice: The case against Foucault’s panoptic privatisation theory of justice’.
Using international and historical case studies I will challenge the idea that post-eighteenth century, criminal justice and punishment have become privatised and institutionalised under the pressure of panopticism. I will aim to illustrate the renaissance of spectacular justice through traditional and social media, and how this illuminates people’s relationships with the manifestations of state power which continue to resonate in the present day. 


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  • I teach on the first year undergraduate module: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance'.
  • I have previously taught on another core first year module: Introduction to Sociological Theory

Contact details

Rosie Smith
PhD Student
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323578