Dr Amy Clarke

Research Fellow in Hate StudiesDr Amy Clarke

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Amy Clarke is a Research Fellow in Hate Studies and National Teaching Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Amy has been a member of the School since 2010. First as a student, undertaking both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Criminology, and later as an academic member of staff. Amy completed her doctoral research in 2020 which focused on the ‘hidden’ racism, discrimination and targeted hostility experienced by new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Leicester. To conduct this research, Amy engaged with close to 150 new arrivals through qualitative, ethnographic methods to develop existing understandings of hate crime victimisation and the impacts of targeted hostility, and demonstrates how this hostile environment creates significant barriers to the integration of new arrivals into wider British society.

Amy works within the School’s Centre for Hate Studies which collaborates with organisations all over the world to improve responses through evidence-based training, research and evaluation. This work shapes policy and practice by enabling professionals to engage with diversity, support victims and tackle hate.

Amy also delivers the teaching of modules predominantly at undergraduate level. One of Amy’s main aims is to enhance the student experience by creating more inclusive and representative approaches to teaching that supports the learning of all students from diverse backgrounds. She regularly works alongside colleagues within the University and externally around the issue of awarding gaps between Black, Asian, and ethnic minority students and their White student counterparts, a subject she is passionate about.


  • Victims of Crime (1st year core module)
  • Hate Crime (3rd year option module)

Research Interests

  • Race, racism and discrimination
  • Hate crime
  • Inequalities in Education
  • ‘Alternate’ and ‘imaginative’ research methodologies


Clarke, A. (2021) ‘The impact of COVID-19 for victims of hate crime and the implications for justice’, The Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, Issue 46.

Clarke, A. (2020) ‘Leicester Lockdown: blame on minority communities needs to be challenged’, The Conversation.

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