Dr Louise Brangan

Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty of Social Sciences Stirling

Dr Louise Brangan

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Louise Brangan is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling. She completed her PhD in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. In 2015 she was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley. Between 2014-2017 she was a researcher and the Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the Howard League Scotland, and prior to moving to Scotland Louise worked with the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Louise’s research interests focus on the sociology of punishment, particularly comparative and historical study of imprisonment and penal politics. Her PhD research was a comparative and historical examination of penality in Ireland and Scotland from 1970 until the end of the 1990s. Louise is currently working on a project that examines historical criminology, punishment and Irish social history.

She is currently co-editor of book reviews at Criminology and Criminal Justice, co-organiser (with Cara Jardine) of the ECR punishment network, PEEP, and is a member of the Scottish Prisoner Advocacy and Research Collective.


Brangan, L. (2020) Exceptional states: The political geography of comparative penology. in Punishment & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474520915995

Brangan L (2019) Pastoral penality in 1970s Ireland: Addressing the pains of imprisonment. Theoretical Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480619843295

Brangan L (2019) Civilizing Imprisonment: The Limits of Scottish Penal Exceptionalism. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (4), pp. 780-799. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy057

Bird, J., Brangan, L. & Sparks, R., (2016) The Politics of Imprisonment Handbook on Prisons. Jewkes, Y., Crewe, B. & Bennett, J. (eds.). 2nd ed. Routledge

'The Politics of Punishment: A comparative study of imprisonment and political culture', (forthcoming), Routledge.