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Dr Esmorie Miller

Dr Esmorie Miller

millere6@lsbu.ac.uk

Social Sciences

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I am a Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law and Social Sciences, appointed in May 2018. I previously taught in politics and criminology, at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).

I completed my PhD in Political Theory at QUB, in December 2015. My research took a comparative approach, exploring the discernible cross-national convergence of statutory responses to the inner-city youth gang phenomenon, emerging between the 1990s and early 2000s, in England and Canada. My PhD research expanded from research interests developed during my master’s in political theory, which was awarded by the Department of Politics, University of Waterloo, Canada, January 2005.

My research explores the role of race, racism, and racialization in contemporary youth justice. The research takes its point of departure from the perspective that where race in contemporary youth justice is concerned (specifically with the amplification of punishment), we should explore realities beyond crime and punishment. My research, therefore, explores the punitive outcomes that are apparent in contemporary youth justice, for racialized youth, as continuities of the wider, historic exclusion of racialized peoples from the benefits of modern rights. My working logic, to move beyond crime and punishment, aims to widen the customary scope, beyond the criminal justice system and reorient the focus to include the historic role of cross institutional exclusion, in the lives of racialized youth (i.e., from education to the CJS).

My approach places the contemporary normalization of punishment for racialized youth within a historic trajectory of exclusion from judicious care, ahead of the crime and punishment narratives to which it is customarily bound. The benefit in this approach is that it indicates prerequisites for decoupling race and deviance, starting with decoupling race and penalty—observing penalty and exclusion as synonymous.

Courses taught

Criminology - BSc (Hons)

Criminology with Psychology - BSc (Hons)

PhD Political Theory

Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

2009
2015
Masters Arts, Political Theory

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

2003
2005
Bachelor of Arts, History and Politics

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

1997
2001
Lecturer Criminology
Queen's University Belfast

Lecturer / Module Convenor

Youth Crime and Criminal justice (Year 3)

Masters / PGDip in Youth Justice

2018
2018
Education
Socio-Legal Studies Association
2020
British Society of Criminology
2017
European Historical Criminology Working Group
2017
Historical Criminology Network
2021
Euro-gang Research Network
2018
Historical Criminology Network (BSC)
Other

Chair

Historical Criminology

Decolonisation

Youth

Race

Gender

September 2021
Reach and Impact

THE LOST BOYS (GANGS, SCHOOL EXCLUSIONS, PRISON, DEATH) (Sep 2020)


HIDDEN GIRLS (GIRLS, GANGS AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION) (Nov 2021)


CHANGING THE NARRATIVE: BEYOND CRIME & PUNISHMENT (Jun 2020)


THE EXPERIENCES OF BLACK ASIAN MINORITY ETHNIC WOMEN IN ACADEMIA (Jul 2020)


Race, Recognition and Retribution in Contemporary Youth Justice: The Intractability Malleability Thesis (Routledge Critical Studies in Crime, Diversity and Criminal Justice)
Miller, E. (2021). Race, Recognition and Retribution in Contemporary Youth Justice: The Intractability Malleability Thesis (Routledge Critical Studies in Crime, Diversity and Criminal Justice). London Routledge.

Le défi des gangs de jeunes : enjeux et interventions dans le contexte britannique et canadien
Miller, E. and Whittaker, A. (2022). Le défi des gangs de jeunes : enjeux et interventions dans le contexte britannique et canadien. Montreal, Canada University of Montréal Press.

Moving Beyond Crime and Punishment Narratives and Analyses: Critical Race Theory and Racial Specificity in Youth Justice.
Miller, E (2020). Moving Beyond Crime and Punishment Narratives and Analyses: Critical Race Theory and Racial Specificity in Youth Justice. British Society of Criminology Newsletters. 85.

The Spatial Dimensions of Identity Development for Black, Urban Youth/ Between Love, Rights and Solidarity
Miller, E. (2018). The Spatial Dimensions of Identity Development for Black, Urban Youth/ Between Love, Rights and Solidarity. Research in Progress Seminar Series (QUB). Belfast, Northern Ireland

Exploring the Lammy review — Locating racial discrimination among the key concerns of contemporary youth justice
Miller, E. (2018). Exploring the Lammy review — Locating racial discrimination among the key concerns of contemporary youth justice. 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 29 Aug - 01 Sep 2018

Rebranding surveillance as social justice — Toronto’s School Resource Officer Program
Miller, E. (2017). Rebranding surveillance as social justice — Toronto’s School Resource Officer Program. 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Cardiff, Wales 13 - 16 Sep 2017

Change, Media and Moral Panic in Contemporary Youth Justice
Miller, E. (2016). Change, Media and Moral Panic in Contemporary Youth Justice. Annual Post Graduate Conference (QUB). Belfast Northern Ireland 2016

‘The Alchemy of Race and Rights’: The Logic of Historicizing Contempo-rary Narratives on Race, Youth and Gangs
Miller, E. (2022). ‘The Alchemy of Race and Rights’: The Logic of Historicizing Contempo-rary Narratives on Race, Youth and Gangs. in: The Palgrave Handbook of UK Gangs Palgrave.