Alexander Murphy

Murphy, Alex

Personal Details

Alex’s doctoral research is concerned with the impact of political rhetoric on hate speech, and how the themes used in the messaging of politicians relate to hate speech discourses on Twitter following hate crime antecedent events such as terrorist attacks. The research seeks to qualitatively examine the themes and content of the rhetoric employed by prominent UK politicians, as well as conduct a thematic analysis of hate speech gathered from Twitter in the wake of trigger events. In a contemporary context of political upheaval and exclusionary political rhetoric across Europe and the world, this research aims to explore the precise relationship between these discourses and hate speech content.

Before starting his PhD study in September 2017, Alex studied for both his BA Criminology and MSc Applied Criminology degrees at the School, graduating with a first-class degree and distinction in 2014 and 2016 respectively. In addition to his academic degrees Alex has assisted with a number of research projects, including a six-month internship working with both the Leicester Hate Crime Project and on a study into the media representation of the UK government’s Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. Other projects have included research into the methods used for the investigation of distraction burglary offences, in liaison with several UK police forces, and the testing of a device (the Hot Print System) designed to develop fingerprints on thermal paper; both with Dr John Bond, OBE.  Alex’s PhD research is supervised by Professor Chris Allen and Dr Dylan Kerrigan.

PhD Research

Alex’s doctoral research is concerned with the impact of political rhetoric on experiences of hate crime, and how the themes used in the public speech of politicians relate to the experiences of hate crime and hate speech endured by victims in the physical and online spheres. The research seeks to qualitatively examine the themes and content of the rhetoric employed by prominent UK politicians, as well as conduct a thematic analysis of hate speech gathered from Twitter in the wake of hate crime antecedent events such as terrorist attacks. In addition to this a questionnaire will be used to empirically assess the views of a wide range of the public on hate crime, the state of political rhetoric, and the implications of extreme rhetoric for society. In a contemporary context of political upheaval and increasingly exclusionary political rhetoric across Europe and the world, this research aims to explore the precise impact of these discourses on hate crime and hate speech.

Teaching

  • Punishment & Rehabilitation (Undergraduate)
  • Violence (Undergraduate)
  • Understanding Criminological Research (Undergraduate)

Publications

Hedderman, B. and Murphy, A. (2015) ‘Bad news for probation? Analysing the newspaper coverage of Transforming Rehabilitation’ Probation Journal, 62(3): 217-233.

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