Dr Louise Brangan

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I joined the School of Social Work and Social Policy in 2021 as a Chancellor's Fellow, having previously been a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Stirling. I completed my PhD in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. In 2015 I was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley. My first article, 'Civilising Imprisonment', won the British Society of Criminology's best article prize for a paper produced by a new scholar. My research interests focus on the sociology of punishment, particularly comparative and historical study of penal culture and penal politics. My recent book 'The Politics of Punishment' is an examination of penality in Ireland and Scotland from 1970 until the end of the 1990s. Read a short synopsis of the book here: https://icrnetwork.ie/2021/03/09/the-politics-of-punishment/ I am beginning work on a ESRC New Investigator funded study of Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes, "Mass Decarceration: A critical social history'. Read a short synopsis of the proposal here: https://sccjrblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/mass-decarceration-a-critical-social-history/ I welcome PhD applications concerned with penal culture and penal politics, comparative criminology, and the social history of punishment.


Penality at the periphery : deficits, absences, and negation
Brangan Louise
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (2022)
Making sense of penal difference : political cultures and comparative penology
Brangan Louise
Punishment and Society, pp. 146247452211175 (2022)
Against Hibernian exceptionalism
Brangan Louise
Histories of Punishment and Social Control in Ireland Perspectives from a Periphery (2022) (2022)
Brangan Louise
Histories of Punishment and Social Control in Ireland: Perspectives from a Periphery (2022) (2022)
Histories of Punishment and Social Control in Ireland : Perspectives from a Periphery
Black Lynsey, Brangan Louise, Healy Deirdre
How I[reland] learned to stop worrying and love the prison
Brangan Louise, Adams Keith
Working Notes: Facts and analysis of social and economic issues Vol 89, pp. 19-31 (2022)

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Professional activities

Law and Society Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Comparaing Punishment
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (Journal)
Editorial board member
University of Manchester - invited speaker
Comparative Penality Symposium
Symposium on Histories of Punishment

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Mass decarceration: A critical social history ( New Investigator grant - transfer)
Brangan, Louise (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025

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