Mark Finnane

Mark Finnane was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship (2013-18) to research the history of prosecution and the criminal trial in Australia. He has published widely on the history of policing, crime, the criminal law, punishment and the social history of mental illness. Trained as a historian at the University of NSW (BA Hons 1974) and the ANU (PhD 1979), he is a Professor of History in the School of Humanities, Griffith University and a member of the Griffith Criminology Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (elected 2001), and of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2013). As ARC Laureate Fellow, he directs the Prosecution Project. Click here to view Mark’s CV and publications | Mark on Griffith Experts

Alana Piper

Alana Piper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow attached to the Prosecution Project. Her postdoctoral project ‘Theft on Trial: Stealing, Society and Self in Australia, 1861-1961’ will look at the legal, cultural and emotional circumstances and ramifications of theft, particularly in regards to personal and community identities. Alana received her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2014. Her thesis examined relationships between women in criminal subcultures in Brisbane and Melbourne during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Alana is a University medal recipient, and in 2011 she was awarded the John Barrett award for Australian studies for her article on alcohol use amongst young girls in early twentieth-century Brisbane. She has published in History Workshop Journal, History Australia, Journal of Australian Studies and Queensland Review. Click here to view Alana’s publications | Alana on Griffith Experts | @alana_piper

Andy Kaladelfos

Dr Andy Kaladelfos is an historian and Senior Research Fellow with the ARC Laureate Fellowship ‘The Prosecution Project’ at the Griffith Criminology Institute. Andy’s research combines quantitative and qualitative research methods to explain longitudinal trends in prosecutorial data. Andy’s research project ‘Homicide: Violence, Law and Australian Society, 1850s-1950s’, compares the policing and prosecution of homicide in Australia from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Further, Andy is Chief Investigator on a collaborative ARC Discovery Project (2015-2017) ‘Sexual Offences, Legal Responses, and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s’. Andy has published widely on the history of gender violence and sexual violence, and is co-author of Sex Crimes in the Fifties Sex Crimes in the Fifties (Melbourne University Press, 2016) and co-editor of The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognition and Redress (Monash University Press, 2016)
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Yorick Smaal

Dr Yorick Smaal is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and an Associate Investigator on the ARC-funded Laureate Fellowship the ‘Prosecution Project’. Yorick is an historian and has particular interests in sex and gender, crime and punishment, and war and society and has published widely in these areas. His forthcoming book Boys, Sex and Crime (Routledge, 2018) examines young males as victims and offenders of sexual assault in Australia and the United Kingdom between 1870 and 1930. He is also investigating with Mark Finnane the history of courts-martial in the Australian forces and is author of Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Click here to view Yorick’s publications | Yorick on Griffith Experts

Kerry King

Dr Kerry King is a Research Fellow with the Griffith Criminology Institute and works with the Prosecution Project. She received her PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015, winning an Honourable Mention on the Dean’s List. She later received the Margaret Medcalf Award, an annual award recognizing excellence in research and referencing. Kerry’s forthcoming monograph, A lesser species of homicide, due for release in 2017 (UWA Publishing), is based on her thesis. It examines the criminal law’s response to vehicular homicide between 1946 and 2016, including the construction of offences, emerging case law and trends in sentencing. Prior to undertaking her Ph D, Kerry held various senior research positions in government, in addition to consulting.

Lauren Vogel

Lauren Vogel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Griffith Criminology Institute and attached to the Prosecution Project. She has a B.Psych(Hons) and a PhD in psychology. Lauren focuses on the quantitative and methodological aspects inherent in the Prosecution Project. She has worked as an academic and consultant on a number of interdisciplinary projects across diverse disciplines, including psychology, criminology, education, politics, health, and social care. Lauren has also taught and mentored professionals and Masters students in practical research design and analysis for a number of years. Lauren on Griffith Experts

Lisa Durnian

Lisa Durnian graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours in criminology in 2013. Lisa joined the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University as an ARC Laureate PhD candidate with the Prosecution Project. Her doctoral research will identify the structural mechanisms that led to system transformation in criminal trials; that is, the shift from traditional jury trials to the current phenomena where most criminal matters end in guilty pleas. Her thesis involves mixed-methods analyses to track changes in the disposition of criminal cases over time.

Robyn Blewer

Robyn Blewer is a PhD candidate with the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Prosecution and the Criminal trial in Australian History’ at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University. Her PhD thesis considers the laws relating to the testimony of the child witness in criminal trials between 1900 and 1975 and the process of change in such laws. Prior to joining the ARC Laureate Project, Robyn completed a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice with first class honours, practised law in the area of commercial litigation and taught in the Griffith University and Southern Cross law schools.

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