Esther is senior lecturer in criminology. After completing a BA (Hons) History and Music at Canterbury Christ Church University, Esther gained her History PhD from the University of Kent. Before coming to Southampton, she worked as a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church and also Oxford Brookes universities.
Esther then had a brief stint as a research assistant at the Open University, specialising in the history of crime and punishment and mentalities in the early modern period. Esther’s research is particularly interested in the representations of criminality and justice in the media.
Esther's teaching includes landmark cases, the history of crime and punishment, research methods, introduction to criminology and crime, media and culture.
Esther's research interests include the history of crime and punishment, mentalities in the early modern period and representations of criminality and justice in the media.
'Changing Discourses of Crime: Representations of Criminality in the Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Press', Continuity and Change. Vol. 22. Issue 01. May 2007. 13-47.
'Representations of Criminality and Victimisation in Provincial Newspapers: The Kentish Post 1717 to 1768', Southern History. Vol. 27. 2005. 48-75.
Esther was awarded a BA (Hons) from Canterbury Christ Church University, a PhD from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate certificate: learning and teaching in higher education from Southampton Solent University.
Esther is currently finishing a book on violent crime in the eighteenth century newspaper and is researching a collaborative project on murder ballads.