Dr Jo Smith

Teaching Fellow

Contact DetailsJo Smith

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5781
  • Email: jps42@le.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @bluehairedjo
  • Office: Room 0.07a, ground floor, 152 Upper New Walk
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details

I am a teaching fellow in Criminology. I completed a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences at Oxford University, and later an MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research at the University of Surrey. I have recently completed my PhD exploring feminist women’s experiences of online gendered hate, also at the University of Surrey. I am also chair of the British Society of Criminology’s Hate Crime Network (http://www.britsoccrim.org/hate-crime-network/) and a trustee for the British Society of Criminology.

I am a qualified solicitor and have worked in criminal defence law for over a decade. I also work to provide legal advice on behalf of a women’s rights charity and I am a trustee for the charity Quaker Homeless Action.


  • Doing Criminological Research (CR2021)
  • Criminological Research Methods (CR7146)
  • Theorising Crime and Deviance (CR7144)
  • Understanding Criminological Research (CR2019)

Administrative responsibilities

  • Personal tutor for all MSc students

Research interests

  • Gendered hate crime (and hate crime more broadly)
  • Online victimisation
  • Research methods and ethics
  • Sexual and domestic violence victimisation
  • Women’s experiences of the criminal justice system


Smith, J. (2019) ‘“When I saw women being attacked…it has made me want to stand up and fight.” Reporting, responding to, and resisting online misogyny’ in Lumsden K., and Harmer, E. (eds.). Online Othering: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web. Palgrave.

Smith, J. and Garland, J. (forthcoming 2019) ‘Policing online hate’ in McDaniel, J. (ed.). The Development of Transnational Policing: Past, Present and Future. Routledge.

Smith, J. (2018) Cybercrime and its Victims by Elena Martellozzo and Emma A. Jane (eds.). International Review of Victimology, 24(1) pp. 141–144.

Smith, J. (2017) Gender, Technology and Violence by Marie Segrave and Laura Vitis (eds.). Crime, Media, Culture. First Published December 21, 2017 https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659017748510. Smith, J. (2017) Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media by Nickie D. Phillips. International Review of Victimology, 23(3) pp. 341–342.

Smith, J. (2017). ‘Queering a conference - what we can learn from the BSA Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forwards event.’ University of Surrey, Department of Sociology blog, 1 August 2017. Available at: https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/sociology/2017/08/01/queering-a-conference-what-we-can-learn-from-the-bsa-queer-studies-looking-back-looking-forwards-event/

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T: +44 (0)116 252 2458
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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