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Dr Roberto Catello


I am a Lecturer in Social Science (Criminology focus) and my main teaching input at the moment is on the MA - Applied Criminology. I joined Liverpool Hope University very recently (2021) and most of my work experience in higher education comes from the University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia. I taught introductory criminology subjects at UoM from 2017 to 2020 and, between 2019 and 2020, I was also a member of the criminology teaching teams at La Trobe University and Deakin University.

In 2020, I coordinated a postgraduate subject on Drugs and Justice at UoM while also teaching a number of undergraduate subjects such as From Graffiti to Terrorism (UoM), Law in Society (UoM), Criminology Skills (La Trobe) and Introducing Crime and Criminology (Deakin). I am a criminologist of the critical kind with an interest in the historical study of crime and historical criminology and I am a Honorary Fellow with the School of Social and Political Sciences at UoM. 

I have a BA (Hons) in Criminology and International Relations from Kingston University and a MA in Criminology from UoM. I completed a PhD in November 2019 and my doctoral interests include crime history, historical criminology, historical social science, the historiography of crime and criminal justice, and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of history and criminology. Over the years, I worked on a number of research projects - illicit drugs at Australian music festivals, covert research methods, carcerality beyond the prison, institutional violence in settings of care and control, whistleblowing and whistleblower protection laws.

I am an early-career academic and I am currently in the process of publishing a series of academic articles on the historical study of crime and the criminological study of the past, social science history, and the history of the present.