Sam joined Birmingham Law School in 2021 as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Birmingham, and an MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Manuel Lopez-Rey Graduate Prize for best academic performance on the degree programme. His empirical PhD research, also undertaken at Cambridge, focused on how neighbourhood residents intervene to prevent breaches of social norms or perceived rules in urban environments.
Prior to joining Birmingham Law School, Sam taught at the University of Birmingham as a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, and also at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Law undergraduate supervisor.
Outside of academia, Sam also has experience working in the arena of ‘translational criminology’, having advised policy makers through his work for the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the House of Lords Library, and for clients at RAND Europe.
Sam is dyslexic, so understands the challenges and opportunities this learning difficulty brings.