Mary Francesca Bosworth

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Mary Francesca Bosworth
Language English
Nationality Australian & British
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Genre Criminology

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, most recently, the first national study of life in UK immigration removal centres, 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 a doctoral degree in criminology. She worked in the United States for eight years, returning to the United Kingdom in 2004. As of 2014 she was 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.



  1. ^ "Mary F. Bosworth". SAGE Publications. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Professor Mary Bosworth". Monash University. 
  3. ^ "Mary Bosworth". Center for Criminology, Faculty of Law, Oxford University. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  4. ^ Stuart Henry, Dragan Milovanovic (1999). Constitutive criminology at work: applications to crime and justice. SUNY Press. p. 13. ISBN 0-7914-4194-6.