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Andrew Henley

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Andrew joined the University of Nottingham in June 2018 having previously been a Graduate Teaching Assistant and then Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University where he also completed my PhD. His doctoral thesis was a critical history of the legal rehabilitation of people with criminal records in England and Wales. It specifically examined the introduction of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as the only piece of legislation designed to protect people with convictions from social stigma and discrimination. In addition to his academic work, Andrew served as a trustee and later Chair on the board of the charity Unlock which provides information, advice and advocacy for people with convictions who are seeking to move forwards positively with their lives. In addition to acting as Programme Convenor for Undergradaute Criminology within the School, Andrew is the Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Research Centre.

Expertise Summary

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 convictions (the so-called 'collateral consequences' of punishment). He is also interested in the political discourse which surrounds the contemporary governance of crime and punishment.

Teaching Summary

Andrew is the Programme Convenor for the BA Criminology programme at the University of Nottingham. His current and previous teaching experience includes the following modules (as well as dissertation… read more

Recent Publications

  • 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. Mind the gap: sentencing, rehabilitation and civic purgatory Probation Journal. 63(3), 285–301
  • 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
  • HENLEY, A.J., 2017. Criminal records and conditional citizenship: towards a critical sociology of post-sentence discrimination. In: FLETCHER, S. and WHITE, H., eds., Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers European Group Press. 119-128

Andrew is the Programme Convenor for the BA Criminology programme at the University of Nottingham. His current and previous teaching experience includes the following modules (as well as dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels):

University of Nottingham Undergraduate: Punishment and Penality (module author and convenor); Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales (module convenor); Criminology: Understanding Crime and Victimisation; Research Design and Practice (Qualitative Methods); Prisons and Society (module convenor) Postgraduate: Theoretical Frontiers in Criminology (module convenor)

Keele University Undergraduate: Understanding Crime; Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice; Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination; Psychology and Crime; Prisons and Imprisonment; Research Methods in Criminology; Dissertation (supervisor); Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance from Crime (module author) Postgraduate: Contemporary Criminology: Theory and Practice; Contemporary Challenges in Criminal Justice; Advanced Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Researching Crime and Criminal Justice; Dissertation (supervisor)

Past Research

Invited papers and talks

  • Henley, A.J. (2019) Invited panel member and discussant following a screening of the film 'A Second Chance' (2019, dir. Rex Bloomstein), University of Leicester, 5th November
  • Henley, A.J. (2019) 'Resisting civic purgatory: achieving 'justice as fairness' in criminal records disclosure', presented at Criminal Records Disclosure and Recidivism in the Digital Age, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 13th June
  • Henley, A.J. and Stacey, C.N. (2015) 'Criminal records checks for employment purposes: what can the Anglosphere learn from continental Europe?', The Regulation of Criminal Records and their Impact on Re-entry to the Labour Market (International Seminar). Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 12th June
  • Henley, A.J. (2018) 'Criminal records and the biopolitics of life chances: from discipline to regulation?', Theorising sites of discipline in society, Liverpool Hope University, 23rd May
  • Hudson, K.; Taylor C. and Henley, A.J. (2012) 'Trends in the management of registered sexual offenders in Wales', Understanding sex offender disclosure in Wales: Devolution, Context and Partnership Networks - ESRC Knowledge Exchange Network, Cardiff University, 28th September

Conference papers

  • Henley, A.J. (2019) 'Resisting civic purgatory: achieving 'justice as fairness' in criminal records disclosure', presented at 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, University of Gent, 18th-21st September
  • Henley, A.J. (2018) 'Criminal records, 'collateral consequences' and civic purgatory: how might we achieve 'justice as fairness'?', Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness, Keble College, University of Oxford, 22nd-23rd March
  • Henley, A.J. (2017) 'Is the possession of a criminal record compatible with meaningful citizenship?', Crime, Politics and Society Conference, University of Sheffield, 10th-11th April
  • Henley, A.J. (2016) ''Debt to society' or 'moral mortgage'? Criminal records and the unintended consequences of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974', Annual Conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Lancaster University, 5th-7th April
  • Hudson, K.; Taylor C. and Henley, A.J. (2014) 'Trends in the Management of Registered Sexual Offenders Across England and Wales: A geographical approach to the study of sexual offending', European Society of Criminology', 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Prague, 10th-13th September (non-attending co-author)
  • Henley, A.J. (2014) 'Mind the gap: non-superiority and the paradox of civic purgatory', Resisting the demonization of 'the Other': State, nationalism and social control in a time of crisis - 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Liverpool John Moores University, 3-6th September
  • Henley, A.J. (2014) 'Criminal stigma: the oil on the 'revolving doors' and the need for an 'abolitionist doorstop'', Penal law, Abolitionism and Anarchism: British/Irish section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and the Hulsman Foundation, Shire Hall, Nottingham, 26-27th April
  • Henley, A.J. (2013) 'A false dichotomy: prisoners versus the 'law-abiding public', The Prison and the Public, Edge Hill University, 27th March

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