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Professor McCulloch is the inaugural Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre. She has degrees in Law and Commerce from Melbourne University and a Masters and a PhD in Criminology, also from Melbourne University. Her early research investigated the growing integration of war and crime, police and the military and security and crime control and the implications of this for justice. Her book Blue Army: Paramilitary Policing in Australia (2001) considered the contemporary rise and normalisation of paramilitary policing. Her subsequent research and scholarship continue to focus on this topic, particularly in the context of counter terrorism, post 9/11. Her recent research considers a temporal shift from post crime to pre-crime. Her book Pre-Crime: Preemption, Precaution and the Future (with Dean Wilson) is the first indepth investigation of pre-crime. Recent research projects focus on family violence including risk, women's security and the connections between family violence and terrorism. Her 2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (with Maher, Fitizgibbon and Walklate) is titled Securing Women's Safety: Preventing Intimate Partner Homicide. 

Industry Experience.

Prior to completing her PhD, Professor McCulloch worked in a women’s refuge and for many years subsequently as a legal practitioner specialising in policing, gendered crimes and social justice.

As a community lawyer she worked as a duty lawyer on the family violence list; wrote, researched and contributed to many policy papers and submissions to government on aspects of law and law reform; was a media spokesperson on a broad range of law, access to justice and social justice issues; the Chair of Victoria Legal Aid grant review panel and; provided legal advice, assistance and representation to clients. In addition to this Professor McCulloch authored significant legal education materials including Victoria Legal Aids’ booklet on Sexual Assault and the Law.

Currently Professor McCulloch is on the Minister for Women and the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Taskforce for the prevention of family violence. Along with colleagues from the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre she has been contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Family Safety Victoria and Victoria Police to implement recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016) .  

Professor McCulloch was Chief Investigator on two Linkage grants with Victoria Police on counter-terrorism policing and hate crime.

Recent Research Project.

Professor McCulloch was recently 2016 lead Chief Investigator with four others on a Department of Human and Health Services contract to conduct a comprehensive review of the Victorian Family Violence Common Risk Assessment and Management Framework. During the course of this review,conducted over 10 weeks, more than 1,100 people were consulted from more than 125 organisations across Victoria. The innovation and success of this project was recognised by the 2016 Dean’s Award for research impact and the project's nomination for a B/HERT best community engagement award and being shortlisted for the CHASS distinctive work prize.  

Recognition for Research Impact.

2017 The Review of the Victorian Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework Shorlisted for the CHASS distinctive work prize.  

2016 Dean’s award for research impact - Strengthening Victoria’s Integrated Family Violence System (McCulloch, J, Maher, J, Fitz-Gibbon, K, Segrave, M, and Roffee, J).

2005 Griffith University Prize for Research Improving Policing for Women – Presented by the Australasian Society for Women and Policing for ‘Brute Force: The Need for Affirmative Action in Victorian Police’

Career Overview

  • As inaugural Professor of Criminology at Monash, guided the discipline over a decade from being a new and emerging presence to one of the largest and most successful disciplines in the social sciences, within the university and internationally. Monash Criminology was raked 5, 'well above world standard' in the most recent Excellence in Research Australia assessment round.
  • Inaugural Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, which leads a multi million dollar progam of family violence research.
  • Head of the School of Social Sciences at Monash (2011-2013 - revenue of more than $30m).
  • Held six category 1 grants, including lead Investigator on three ARC Discovery grants.
  • Authored or edited 8 books and three special editions of journals.
  • Keynote speaker at various prestigious international conferences on women and incarceration, counter terrorism policing, risk and social justice, and femicide.
  • Invited plenary speaker at numerous discipline and industry conferences.
  • Published widely in popular and practitioner magazines and journals.
  • Frequent contributor to media in opinion pieces and as an expert commentator on crime, gender and social justice issues.
  • Published in the discipline's leading journals, including the British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology and Punishment and Society.
  • Journal articles and chapters reproduced in collections of the discipline's most influential contributions.
  • Supervised 20 post graduate students to completion.  


Research area keywords

  • Counter-terrorism
  • family violence
  • Law Enforcement
  • Community Law
  • Social Reform
  • Law Reform
  • Social Justice
  • Social History
  • Policing
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Transnational Policing
  • Crime
  • Transnational Crime
  • Social and Legal Reform
  • History of Law
  • Financing
  • Civil Rights

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Projects 2003 2027

Research Output 1996 2019

9 Citations (Scopus)

Criminology, gender and security in the Australian context: Making women’s lives matter

Walklate, S., McCulloch, J., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & Maher, J. M., 2019, In : Theoretical Criminology. 23, 1, p. 60-77 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Lone Wolf Terrorism Through a Gendered Lens: Men Turning Violent or Violent Men Behaving Violently?

McCulloch, J., Walklate, S., Maher, J. M., Fitz-Gibbon, K. & McGowan, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Critical Criminology. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Penal power and border control: Which thesis? Sovereignty, governmentality, or the pre-emptive state?

Weber, L. & McCulloch, J., 2019, In : Punishment and Society. 21, 4, p. 496-514 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact and Engagement

Judith McCulloch (Recipient), JaneMaree Maher (Recipient), Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Marie Therese Segrave (Recipient) & James Andrew Roffee (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2006 2017

  • 2 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Special Minister of State’s Expert Perpetrator Committee

Jude McCulloch (Invited speaker)
17 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Victorian Minister for Prevention of Family Violence’s Taskforce (Event)

Jude McCulloch (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Feminist Review (Publisher)

Jude McCulloch (Peer reviewer)
1 Jan 2006

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Current Issue in Criminal Justice (Publisher)

Jude McCulloch (Peer reviewer)
1 Jan 2006

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility