Professor Nicola Lacey

Jurisprudence and legal theory; criminology and deviance; USA, Canada, Mexico; western Europe

Elected 2001

2001
Law

Nicola Lacey is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. From 2010 until September 2013 she was Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, and Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Oxford. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard Law School and at New York University Law School. She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford; an elected member of the Council of Liberty; and a Trustee of the British Museum. She was a member of the British Academy's Policy Group on Prisons, which reported in 2014, and co-directed the LSE Gender Institute's Commission on Gender Inequality and Power (2015). Nicola's research is in criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular focus on comparative and historical scholarship. Her most recent book provides an analysis of the development of ideas of criminal responsibility in England since the 18th Century. She is currently working, with David Soskice, on American Exceptionalism in crime, punishment, and social policy; and, with Hanna Pickard, on the philosophy and psychology of punishment. Nicola also has research interests in legal and social theory, in feminist analysis of law, in law and literature, and in biography.

Current post

School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, London School of Economics

Past appointments

London School of Economics and Political Science University of London School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy

Aug 2013 -

Australian National University Adjunct Professor, Research School of Social Sciences

Jan 1999 -

London School of Economics and Political Science University of London Professor of Criminal Law

Jan 1998 -

London School of Economics and Political Science University of London Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory, London School of Economics

Jan 1998 - Jan 2010

New College University of Oxford Fellow in Law, Lecturer

Jan 1984 - Jan 1995

Publications

A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream A Life of H.L.A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream 2004

Women, Crime and Character: From Moll Flanders to Tess of the d'Urbervilles Book 2008

The Prisoners' Dilemma: Punishment and Political Economy in Contemporary Democracies The Prisoners' Dilemma 2008

In Search of Criminal Responsibility: Ideas, Interests and Institutions 2016

State punishment 1988

Unspeakable subjects 1998

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