Mary Francesca Bosworth

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Mary Francesca Bosworth
NationalityAustralian & British
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia

Mary Francesca Bosworth is a criminologist who is interested in imprisonment, race, and gender. She is the author of a number of books, including Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women’s Prisons (1999), Explaining U.S. Imprisonment (2010), (with Carolyn Hoyle) the edited book What is Criminology? (2011), (with Katja Aas) the edited book The Borders of Punishment (2013) and Inside Immigration Detention (2014). Mary Bosworth is UK Editor-in-Chief of the journal Theoretical Criminology.[1]


Bosworth studied arts at the University of Western Australia. She then attended the University of Cambridge where she gained an MPhil and a doctoral degree in criminology. She worked in the United States for eight years, returning to the United Kingdom in 2004. She is currently Professor of Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford in England as well as Professor in the school of Social Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.[2]


Bosworth has published a number of papers and books on race, gender and citizenship, particularly on prisons and immigration detention.[2] Her research is international and comparative. She has worked in Paris, Britain, the USA and Australia.[3] In all her work Bosworth examines how individuals negotiate the institutional constraints of their confinement and how that confinement reinforces and is reinforced by their prior experience of poverty, violence and abuse.[4] In summer 2012 Bosworth was awarded a 5-year European Research Council Starter Grant.


  • Mary Bosworth (1999). Engendering resistance: agency and power in women's prisons. Ashgate. ISBN 1-84014-739-3.
  • Mary Bosworth (2002). The U.S. federal prison system. SAGE. ISBN 0-7619-2304-7.
  • Mary Bosworth (2005). Encyclopedia of prisons and correctional facilities. Sage Publications. ISBN 0-7619-2731-X.
  • Mary Bosworth, Jeanne Flavin (2007). Race, gender, and punishment: from colonialism to the war on terror. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3904-8.
  • Mary Bosworth (2010). Explaining U.S. Imprisonment. SAGE. ISBN 1-4129-2487-1.
  • Mary Bosworth, Carolyn Hoyle (2011). What Is Criminology?. Oxford University Press US. ISBN 0-19-957182-1.
  • Katja Aas, Mary Bosworth (2013). Borders of Punishment: Migration, Citizenship and Social Exclusion. Oxford University Press, UK. ISBN 978-0-19-966939-4.


  1. ^ "Mary F. Bosworth". SAGE Publications. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Mary Bosworth". Monash University. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Mary Bosworth". Center for Criminology, Faculty of Law, Oxford University. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  4. ^ Stuart Henry, Dragan Milovanovic (1999). Constitutive criminology at work: applications to crime and justice. SUNY Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-7914-4194-6.