Personal profile


Professor McCulloch's research investigates 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 (2001) was the first of many contributions that looked at the rise and normalisation of paramilitary policing. Her subsequent research and scholarship continued to focus on this topic, particularly in the context of counter terrorism, post 9/11. Her most rescent 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 risk, prevention and family violence. Her 2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant is titled Securing Women's Safety: Preventing Intimate Partner Homicides. 

Industry Experience.

Prior to completing her PhD and taking up a position as a lecturer at Deakin University in 2000, 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 Professor McCulloch 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; was 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 the 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 School of Social Sciences and the Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention program of research she has been contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services and Family Safety Victoria to implement a number of the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016) recommendations.  

Professor McCulloch has been a Chief Investigator on two Linkage grants (one on counter-terrorism policng and the other on hate crime) with Victoria Police as Industry Partner.

Recent Research Project.

Professor McCulloch was recently 2016 lead Chief Investigator, with four other social scientists at Monash, 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 nomination for a B/HERT best community engagement award. 

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.

During the course of her career Professor McCulloch has:

  • held six category 1 grants, and was lead Investigator on three ARC Discovery grants. 
  • authored five books, edited three books and three special editions of journals
  • been a keynote speaker at various prestigious international conferences on women and incarceration, counter terrorism policing and risk and social justice.
  • been an invited plenary speaker at numerous discipline and industry conferences
  • published widely in popular and practitioner magazines and journals
  • frequently contributed to electronic and print media on crime and social issues
  • published in the disciplines leading journals, including the British Journal of Criminology and Theoretical Criminology
  • had a number of her journal articles and chapters reproduced in collections of the discipline's most influential contributions
  • as inaugural Professor of Criminology at Monash, guided the discipline from being a new and emerging presence to one of the largest and most successful disciplines in the social sciences, the Faculty and across the university
  • supervised 14 post graduate students to completion 
  • was Head of the School of Social Sciences (2011-2013)
  • is co-director (with Professor JaneMaree Maher) of the Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention research program. Since 2016 the program has been awarded more than $1.4 million in competitive grants and contract research. 


  • 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 2001 2018

New forms of gendered surveillance?: Intersections of technology and family violence

Maher, J. M., McCulloch, J. & Fitz-Gibbon, K. E. 2017 Gender, Technology and Violence. Segrave, M. & Vitis, L. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 14-27 14 p. (Routledge Studies in Crime and Society; vol. 32)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Police, crime and human rights

McCulloch, J. 2017 The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Weber, L., Fishwick, E. & Manno, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 323-332 10 p. (Routledge international handbooks)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Policing Hate Crime: Understanding Communities and Prejudice

Mason, G., Maher, J. M., McCulloch, J., Pickering, S. J., Wickes, R. L. & McKay, C. 16 Mar 2017 Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 203 p. (Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice; vol. 45)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook


Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact and Engagement

Judith McCulloch (Recipient), Jane Maree 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

McCulloch, J. (Invited speaker)
17 Aug 2017

Activity: Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

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

McCulloch, J. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Feminist Review (Publisher)

McCulloch, J. (Peer reviewer)
1 Jan 2006

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Current Issue in Criminal Justice (Publisher)

McCulloch, J. (Peer reviewer)
1 Jan 2006

Activity: Peer review responsibility