Emerald Advances In Historical Criminology

Advances in Historical Criminology offers a platform for exciting and original work which uses historical perspectives and approaches to enrich scholarship in criminology and related fields.

This series embraces a broad, pluralistic understanding of ‘the historical’ and its potential applications to criminology. It provides an inclusive platform for a range of approaches which, in various ways, seek to orient criminological enquiry to history or to the dynamics of historical time. It welcomes work which makes a valuable contribution to criminology irrespective of disciplinary affiliation, theoretical framing or methodological practice. It provides a platform both for conventional studies in the history of crime and criminal justice, but also for innovative and experimental work which extends the conceptual, theoretical, methodological and topical range of historical criminology. In this way, the series encourages historical scholarship on non-traditional topics in criminology (such as environmental harms, war and state crime) and inventive modes of theorising and practising historical research (including processual approaches and futures research).

The series aims to develop a genuinely international body of scholarship in historical criminology, and welcomes proposals from established and early career scholars. Work will be published in various formats, including monographs, short-form books and edited collections. Studies that make a contribution to criminology are welcome on any topic. The series embraces the rich topical diversity of contemporary criminology, including but not limited to studies of offenders and offending (including crimes of the powerful), criminal justice institutions and processes, and wider processes of social control, regulation and governance.

Furthermore, the series hopes to exhibit widely varied perspectives on history and 'the historical', including (but not limited to) the following approaches:

  • Studies of specific historical periods
  • Comparative histories across time or place
  • Work on long-term processes of continuity and change
  • Works which use history to test or develop criminological theories
  • Works which use history to explore criminological concepts
  • Genealogies or ‘histories of the present’
  • Studies of popular or institutional memory and mythology
  • Studies of historic atrocities or injustices and their contemporary legacies (including in postcolonial and post-conflict settings)
  • Historical explorations of possible futures
  • Histories of criminology and criminological thought

International Editorial Board:

  • Prof. Katherine Biber (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Prof. Chris Cunneen (University of New South Wales)
  • Prof. Barry Godfrey (University of Liverpool)
  • Prof. Louise Jackson (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof. Paul Knepper (Central Washington University)
  • Prof. Paul Lawrence (The Open University)
  • Prof. Xavier Rousseaux (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Prof. Ricardo Salvatore (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella)
  • Prof. Valeria Vegh Weis (Universidad de Buenos Aires/Universidad Nacional de Quilmes)
  • Prof. Klaus Weinhauer (Universität Bielefeld)

To submit a proposal to this series, please contact the series editors via email:

Dr David Churchill
University of Leeds, UK
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Professor Christopher Mullins
Southern Illinois University, US