Rachel Keighley

Rachel Keighley

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Biography

Rachel is a full-time PhD student in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Prior to this, Rachel completed a BA(Hons) in Philosophy with Psychology at the University of Warwick, before embarking on an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Durham University, in which she achieved a distinction. Her MSc dissertation entitled, ‘Contradictory perceptions of hate crime: giving voice to the LGBT+ community’ earned a commendation. This marked the beginning of her specialism into LGBT+ hate crime research, particularly everyday forms of hate and its relative effects.

During her Master’s degree, Rachel volunteered with NEPACs at HMP Frankland’s Visitors Centre and took part in Durham University’s Inside Out prison module at HMPYOI Low Newton. Rachel has experience teaching undergraduate students in sexual and gender identity in early years settings.

PhD Research

Supervised by Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and Professor Neil Chakraborti, Rachel continues her research into LGB+ hate online. Rachel’s research makes an important distinction between objective measures of hate and our subjective understanding, focusing on the harms of all forms of hate, not just those occurrences that meet the threshold level to constitute a hate crime from a legal perspective. From a queer criminology perspective, her research proposes to illuminate the true extent of online hate content and the wider social attitudes which inform this. This research will identify the impacts of online hate, and the availability and accessibility of support services for victims of hate. This will inform social media policy, support services and practitioners on the dangers of LGB+ online hate and improve the calibre of support offered to victims of online hate
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Criminology
The Friars
154 Upper New Walk
Leicester
LE1 7QA
UK

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

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