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Professor Mary Bosworth is a Professor of Criminology at Monash.

Her position with Monash is concurrent with her ongoing appointment as Reader in Criminology at Oxford University.


Mary Bosworth studied arts at the University of Western Australia before conducting her doctoral research in criminology at the University of Cambridge. She spent the first 8 years of her career working in the U.S. before returning to the UK in 2004. She lives in Oxford with her husband, two children and a very bad tempered cat.

Mary Bosworth is Professor in the school of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University and Reader in Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on issues to do with race, gender and citizenship with a particular focus on prisons and immigration detention. Her work is interdisciplinary and comparative and has been supported by research fellowships in Australia, the U.S.A., Canada, and the UK.

Her books include Engendering Resistance (1999), The US Federal Prison System (2002), Race Gender and Punishment (with Jeanne Flavin) (2007), Explaining US Imprisonment (2010), and What is Criminology (with Carolyn Hoyle) (2011). She is currently conducting an ethnography of life in immigration detention centres in the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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