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Paul Lawrence

Paul Lawrence is Senior Lecturer in European History, director of the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice, and Associate Dean (Research and Postgraduate Policy) for the Arts Faculty.

Teaching interests:

Paul has chaired a number of courses, most recently the third level course A326 Empires, 1492-1975. This course, considering the comparative history of empires over the longue durée, was first presented in February 2009. He has written units for A200 Exploring History: Medieval to Modern, 1400-1900, for A824 Social Problems, Social Thought, Social Action, for A825 MA History and for W100 Rules, Rights and Justice. An Introduction to Law.

Research interests:

Paul’s primary research interests are in the fields of criminal justice history and historical criminology, with particular specialisms in the history of the police, the regulation of poverty and welfare; memoirs and autobiographies as historical sources. He is an AHRC strategic reviewer and a member of the editorial board of Crime, History and Societies/Crime, Histoire et Sociétes. He has a secondary research interest in the historiography and theory of nationalism.

He has supervised five PhD students to successful completion, and is currently supervising two more - Robert Hopps is researching newspaper reporting of street crime in the nineteenth century and Calista Williams is researching the founding of the National Library of Wales. Ph.D. applications criminal justice history, nationalism studies, and social history more broadly are welcome. For informal advice, please contact me as detailed below.


See Open Research Online for details of Paul Lawrence's research publications.


Dr. Paul Lawrence
Department of History
Faculty of Arts
The Open University
Walton Hall

Tel: + 44 (0)1908 652477
Fax: + 44 (0)1908 653750

Paul Lawrence

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