Professor Pat Carlen

Honorary ProfessorPat Carlen


Pat Carlen BA, PhD is a sociologist who has published 19 books and many articles on criminal and social justice. She was co-founder of the UK campaigning group Women in Prison and from 2006 – 2013 Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Criminology.

In 1997 she was awarded the American Society of Criminology’s Sellin-Glueck Prize for Outstanding International Contributions to Criminology, in 2010 the British Society of Criminology’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and in 2011 an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Lincoln University.

Best known among her books are Magistrates’ Justice and Women’s Imprisonment. A short biographical chapter is to be found in Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (eds. K. Hayward, S. Maruna and J. Mooney. Routledge 2010).

A collection of her selected works entitled A Criminological Imagination: Essays on Punishment, Justice, Discourse was published in Ashgate’s Pioneers in Contemporary Criminology Series in 2010.

In September 2013 she was delighted to be appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester.

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