Dr Louise Brangan


University of Stirling


Louise Brangan is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling. She completed her PhD in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. In 2015 she was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley. Between 2014-2017 she was a researcher and the Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Howard League Scotland, and prior to moving to Scotland Louise worked with the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Louise’s research interests focus on the sociology of punishment, particularly comparative and historical study of imprisonment and penal politics. Her PhD research was a comparative and historical examination of penality in Ireland and Scotland from 1970 until the end of the 1990s. Louise is currently working on two projects. The first is a critical social history of mass decarceration of women in the Republic of Ireland. She is also working on a collaborative project to explore the applicability of Southern Criminology for historical criminology and punishment histories in the North Atlantic.

She is currently co-editor of book reviews at Criminology and Criminal Justice, co-organiser (with Cara Jardine) of the ECR punishment network, PEEP, and is a member of the Scottish Prisoner Advocacy and Research Collective.

Brangan L (2019) Pastoral penality in 1970s Ireland: Addressing the pains of imprisonment. Theoretical Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480619843295
Brangan L (2019) Civilizing Imprisonment: The Limits of Scottish Penal Exceptionalism. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (4), pp. 780-799. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy057
Bird, J., Brangan, L. & Sparks, R., (2016) The Politics of Imprisonment Handbook on Prisons. Jewkes, Y., Crewe, B. & Bennett, J. (eds.). 2nd ed. Routledge
‘The Politics of Punishment: A comparative study of imprisonment and political culture’, (forthcoming), Routledge.

Keywords: Sociology of punishment, penal sensibilities, politics


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University of Stirling

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology
Level 4,
Colin Bell Building,
University of Stirling,
Stirling, UK,
FK9 4LA.


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