Dr Mark Connor

Dr Mark Connor

Teaching Fellow

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5704
  • Email: mec19@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 1.08, 1st floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment


Mark obtained a BA (Hons) in Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Bangor in 2002, an MSc in Clinical Criminology in 2006 and a PhD from the University of Leicester in 2014. Mark has been employed with the Department since 2007 teaching across the Department's undergraduate and postgraduate campus-based programmes.

Research Interests

  • The history of sexuality (with specific focus on the regulation of masculinity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries)
  • The social construction of the deviant and nineteenth century representations of social order and respectability.

PhD Thesis

Acts of Extravagance and Folly’: the conception and control of transgressive masculinity in a Victorian cause célèbre

Based on the prosecution of Ernest Boulton and William Park in 1870, the cross-dressing cause célèbre of the Victorian period, Mark’s Thesis explores the complex interplay of gendered nineteenth century narratives that emerged in both public and institutional discourse as a result of the arrest and prosecution for conspiracy to commit sodomy of the male cross-dressers and their acquaintances. Through the detailed analysis of legal transcripts and press reports the Thesis demonstrates the significance of the analysis of the male cross-dresser beyond the narrow confines of the history of sexuality. The unprecedented publicity that accompanied the prosecution of Boulton and Park combined with the cross-dresser’s ability to unite previously disparate strands of deviant discourses, like those of the female prostitute and male sodomite, is shown to represent a rare moment in which the totality of bourgeois anxiety was manifest, a moment in which the cross-dresser became the gendered folk devil for an age of ideological temperance.


  • Introduction to Criminology (Undergraduate year 1 core module)
  • Theories of Crime (Undergraduate year 1 core module)
  • Understanding Crime (Postgraduate core module)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Course Convenor for the BA/BSc Criminology

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Contact Details

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154 Upper New Walk

T: +44 (0)116 252 3946/2458
F: +44 (0)116 252 5788
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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