Paul Lawrence is Asa Briggs Professor of History and Director of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is the Editor of the bi-lingual journal Crime, History & Societies and a member of the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice,.
Prof. Paul Lawrence
Department of History
Faculty of Arts
The Open University
MILTON KEYNES MK7 6AA
Tel: + 44 (0)1908 652998
Fax: + 44 (0)1908 653750
All aspects of criminal justice history, c.1750-present; the historiography of nationalism; the social history of poverty and welfare; memoirs and autobiographies as historical sources.
Current research projects include a broad history of the Vagrancy Act (1824) and its manifold impacts on English society.
I am currently supervising two Ph.D. students, as below, but Ph.D. applications on any of the above topics are welcome. For informal advice, please contact me as detailed above..
Eve Lewis 'St Fagan's Museum and the representation of Welshness-as-folk, 1946-71'
Sophie Michell 'The Dynamics of Death: Peterborough Coroner's Court, 1854-1905'
Previous doctoral students, as main supervisor, include:
Jack Taylor, ‘Against his will? Recovering male on male sexual violence in London, 1761-1861’ (awarded 2021)
Louise Ryland-Epton, ‘Welfare Innovation in the Late Eighteenth-Century: Gilbert’s Act Workhouses 1782-1834’ (awarded 2020)
Ashley Paton ‘“A System of Maltreatment”: Marital Cruelty in Victorian Glasgow’ (awarded 2019)
Robert Hopps, ‘Newspaper Reporting and Robbery in late 18th Century London’ (awarded 2017)
Calista Williams, ‘The National Library of Wales and National Identity, 1870-1917’ (awarded 2016)
Juliet Leigh, ‘Chief Constables in the North of England’ (awarded 2013)
Gonçalo Goncalves, ‘Civilizing the Police(man): Institutional Reform and Police Culture in Lisbon, c.1860-1910’ (awarded 2013)
David Churchill, ‘Crime, Policing and Control in Leeds, c.1830-1890’ (awarded 2012)
Janet Clark, ‘The police, the campaign for civil liberties and the dynamics of disorder inter-war Britain’ (awarded 2008
I am currently seconded from my teaching duties. Recently, I prepared teaching materials on the 'History of Violence from 1500' for our new MA in History and served as production chair for A225 The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914, which introduces students to the development of Britain and Ireland over the long nineteenth century, foregrounding interconnections with the wider world.
The Open University is currently a member of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. I am the current Director of the Consortium.
I am the Editor of the bi-lingual journal Crime, History and Societies/Crime, Histoire et Societes.
|International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)||Centre||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice||Centre||Faculty of Arts|
Policing, ‘Science’ and the Curious Case of Photo-FIT (2020-09)
The Historical Journal, 63(4) (pp. 1007-1031)
Historical Criminology and the Explanatory Power of the Past (2019-09-01)
Criminology and Criminal Justice, 19(4) (pp. 493-511)
The Vagrancy Act (1824) and the Persistence of Pre-emptive Policing in England since 1750 (2017-05-01)
British Journal of Criminology, 57(3) (pp. 513-531)
History, Criminology and the 'Use' of the Past (2012)
Theoretical Criminology, 16(3) (p 313)
Road traffic offending and an inner-London magistrates’ court (1913-1963) (2008)
Donovan, Pamela and Lawrence, Paul
Crime, History and Societies, 12(2) (pp. 119-140)
The Paris police and the regulation of the poor in late-nineteenth-century Paris (2003)
Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 29 (pp. 176-185)
'Degrees of foreignness' and the construction of identity in French border regions during the inter-war period (2001-03)
Lawrence, Paul; Baycroft, Timothy and Grohmann, Carolyn
Contemporary European History, 10(1) (pp. 51-71)
Naturalization, ethnicity and national identity in France between the wars (2001)
Immigrants and Minorities, 20(3) (pp. 1-24)
History and Crime (2008)
Lawrence, Paul; Williams, Chris and Godfrey, Barry
Key Approaches to Criminology
ISBN : 9781412920803 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
History and Crime (2007)
Godfrey, Barry S.; Williams, Chris A. and Lawrence, Paul
Key approaches to criminology
ISBN : 978 1 4129 2079 7 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Crime and justice 1750-1950 (2005-10)
Godfrey, Barry and Lawrence, Paul
ISBN : 1843921170 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton, Devon, UK
Nationalism: history and theory (2005)
ISBN : 582438012 | Publisher : Pearson Longman
The Historiography of Crime and Criminal Justice (2016-05)
In: Knepper, Paul and Johansen, Anja eds. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice. The Oxford Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 17-37)
ISBN : 978-0199352333 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
General Introduction [to the series] (2014-02-01)
In: Dodsworth, Francis ed. The Making of the Modern Police, 1780-1914: volume 1 - "The 'Idea' of Policing (vii-xxiii)
ISBN : 978-1138761568 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
The British police (2014)
In: Bruinsma, Gerben and Weisburd, David eds. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 203-213)
ISBN : 978-1-4614-5689-6 | Publisher : Springer-Verlag | Published : New York
Nationalism and historical writing (2013)
In: Breuilly, John ed. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism. Oxford Handbooks in History (pp. 713-730)
ISBN : 978-0-19-920919-4 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
« They have an admirable police at Paris, but they pay for it dear enough ». La police européenne vue d’Angleterre au XIXe siècle (2012-09)
In: Denys, Catherine ed. Circulations policières, 1750-1914 (pp. 103-118)
ISBN : 978-2-7574-0393-8 | Publisher : Presses Universitaires du Septentrion | Published : Lille
The Police and Vagrants in France and England during the Nineteenth Century (2011)
In: Antonielli, Livio ed. Polizia, ordine pubblico e crimine tra città e campagna: un confronto comparative. Stato, esercito controllo del territorio (pp. 49-60)
ISBN : 978-88-498-2924-2 | Publisher : Rubbettino | Published : Manelli
Fabian, Robert Honey (1901-1978) (2010-09-23)
In: Goldman, Lawrence ed. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Cop Culture? Les Récits de Vie Oraux et Écrits Des Policiers Anglais (2010-07)
In: Berlière, Jean Marc and Lévy, René eds. Le témoin, le sociologue et l'historien: Quand les policiers se mettent à table (pp. 227-239)
ISBN : 978-2-84736-448-4 | Publisher : Nouveau Monde éditions | Published : Paris
Urbanization, poverty, and crime (2005-12)
In: Martel, Gordon ed. A Companion to Europe 1900-1945. Blackwell companions to European History (pp. 3-18)
ISBN : 1405106646 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK
Policing the poor in England and France, 1850-1900 (2004-08)
In: Emsley, Clive; Johnson, Eric and Spierenburg, Pieter eds. Social control in Europe Volume 2: 1800-2000 (pp. 210-225)
ISBN : 814209696 | Publisher : Ohio State University Press | Published : Ohio, USA
'Scoundrels and scallywags, and some honest men ...': Memoirs and the self-image of French and English policemen c.1870-1939 (2003-09)
In: Godfrey, Barry; Emsley, Clive and Dunstall, Graeme eds. Comparative Histories of Crime (pp. 125-144)
ISBN : 1843920379 | Publisher : Willan Publishing
Crime and Justice since 1750 (2nd ed) (2014-11-01)
Godfrey, Barry and Lawrence, Paul eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-70855-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Policing the Poor (2014-02-28)
Lawrence, Paul ed.
The Making of the Modern Police
ISBN : 9781848933712 | Publisher : Pickering & Chatto | Published : London
The New Police in the Nineteenth Century (2011-03)
Lawrence, Paul ed.
The History of Police
ISBN : 978-0-7546-2945-0 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, U.K.