Andrew is Assistant Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and a member of the Criminal Justice Research Centre. He joined the University of Nottingham in June 2018. He has been researching criminal records and their impact on the life chances and citizenship of people with criminal records for over a decade.
Andrew's research interests are primarily in the areas of punishment and social control. In particular, he is interested in the impact of criminal records and post-sentence control measures on the citizenship and life chances of people with criminal records (the so-called 'collateral consequences' of punishment). He is also interested in the political discourse which surrounds the contemporary governance of crime and punishment.
His PhD, conducted under the supervision of Dr Mary Corcoran and Professor Ronnie Lippens at Keele University, was the first, detailed critical examination of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Using archival research, it drew upon Michel Foucault's work on power, knowledge and discourse to analyse the emergence of legal rehabilitation in England and Wales.
His current work with Dr Lauren Bradford and Rhiannon Davies examines the disqualification of people with a criminal record from access to statutory compensation following their victimisation through violent crime. He is also engaged in a piece of work which applies Foucault's work on governmentality to theorise the biopolitical power effects of criminal records retention and disclosure in the Information Age.
He is a former trustee and Chair of the charity Unlock which provides information, advice and advocacy for people with convictions who are seeking to move forwards positively with their lives. He maintains links with Unlock through a Midlands Graduate School ESCR Collaborative PhD Studentship held by Charlotte Brooks which he co-supervises with Dr Nicola Carr (UoN) and Dr Rachel Tynan. This examines access to higher education for people with criminal records.
Andrew and Nicola also co-supervise ESRC funded doctoral research by Zoe Rubenstein (on the UK policy context of interventions for potential perpetrators child sexual abuse) and Rebecca Bull (a comparative analysis of criminal records regimes in several non-Anglosphere jurisdictions).
Andrew is a member of the European Society of Criminology and its Working Group on 'Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records'.
Andrew is an experienced teacher having worked in higher education at both the University of Nottingham and Keele University.
His experience includes the convening and teaching on modules in the areas of punishment, prisons, criminal justice and criminological theory.
He has supervised dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has successfully mentored a number of students through the process of applying for funding to pursue PhD research.
As well as convening and teaching the core first year BA Criminology module 'Punishment and Penality' he is currently developing a second year elective module on 'Criminalisation and Social Exclusion'.
BRADFORD-CLARKE, L., DAVIES, R.F. and HENLEY, A.J., 2022. When ‘ideal victim’ meets ‘criminalised other’: criminal records and the denial of victimisation Probation Journal. (In Press.)
HENLEY, A.J., 2019. Alternative approaches to criminal records: how can we achieve justice as fairness?. In: CARLEN, P. and AYRES-FRANCA, L., eds., Justice Alternatives Routledge. 321-339
HENLEY, A.J., 2018. Civil and social death: criminal background and the loss of the self. In: READ, S., SANTATZOGLOU, S. and WRIGLEY, A., eds., Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System Routledge. 76-84