Maria Kaspersson

Dr Maria Kaspersson BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, PG Cert

Maria Kaspersson

Dr Maria Kaspersson
BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, PG Cert

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Biography

Maria Kaspersson gained her PhD with a thesis on homicide in Stockholm between the 16th and 20th centuries in 2000 and then left her native Sweden and moved to London. Her first post was at the University of Portsmouth, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, and she joined the School of Law at the University of Greenwich in 2005.

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

  • Course coordinator for Foundations of Criminology, Perspectives on Violence, Crime Theory and Comparative Criminological Research Methods
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision
  • Level 6 Year Tutor
  • Link tutor for BSc Forensic Science with Criminology and BSc Sociology & Criminology
  • Representative on the Faculty Student Experience Committee
  • British Society of Criminology  
  • European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

Maria's research interests include the history of homicide, domestic homicide and domestic violence, honour-related violence, the Swedish prostitution law, The Dangerous Dogs Act and 'status' dogs.

  • Kaspersson, M. (2018) SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2: Ethnography: Separating Your Different Selves in a Covert Field Study of So-Called "Status Dog" Owners
  • Hallsworth, S. and Kaspersson, M. (2017) 'Punitivity and Technology', in M. McGuire and T. Holt (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice. London. Routledge, pp.565-576.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2009) 'You always hurt the one you love: homicide in a domestic context'. In: Loucks, N., Smith Holt, S., and Adler, J.R. (eds.) Why we kill. Understanding Violence Across Cultures and Disciplines, pp 9–40. Collumpton, Willan.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2008) 'On treating the symptoms and not the cause. Reflections on the Dangerous Dogs Act'. Papers from the British Criminology Conference, 8, pp. 205–25.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2008) 'Prosecution and public participation in early modern Stockholm'. In: McMahon, R. (ed.) Crime, Law and Popular Culture, pp. 96–117. Collumpton, Willan.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2003) 'The great murder mystery or explaining the decline in homicide in the early modern period'. In: Godfrey, B., Emsley, C., and Dunstall, G. (eds.) Comparative Histories of Crime, pp. 72–88. Collumpton, Willan.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2003) 'Bilder av barnamörderskor frÃ¥n 1500-talet till mellankrigstiden' [Pictures of women committing infanticide from the 16th century until the inter-war period. In: Tiby, E., Pettersson, T., and Lander, I. (eds.) Feminiteter, maskuliniteter och kriminalitet: genusperspektiv inom svensk kriminalitet [Femininities, masculinities and criminality: gender perspectives in Swedish criminology]. Lund, Studentlitteratur.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2003) 'Homicide and infanticide in Stockholm, 1920-1939'. Journal in Scandinavian Studies of Criminology and Crime Prevention, 3, pp. 135–53.

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  • Kaspersson, M. (2016) 'Dangerous Dogs or Dangerous Reporting? Dog bite fatalities in the news', paper presented at BSC Annual Conference, Nottingham, July.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2014) 'Calling it 'Evil' – the easy way out?', paper presented at the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference, Liverpool, September.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2012) 'Rape in Sweden and the UK: Comparing apples with pears or does it rot more up north?', paper presented at BSC Annual Conference, Portsmouth, July.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2011) 'The Emasculation of the Lead and the Message of the Muzzle: an exploration of 'status' dog ownership', paper presented at the BSC Annual Conference, Newcastle, July.
  • Kaspersson, M. (2011) 'What a Difference the Context Makes: Dangeropus Dogs, Dangerous Situations or Dangerous Owners?', paper presented at the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference, Chambery, France, September.
  • Kaspersson, M. 2009. When deterrence works – and when it doesn't: a comparison of the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act and Sweden's Prostitution Law. In: BSC Annual Conference, Cardiff, June/July; and European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference, Preston, August.
  • Kaspersson, M. 2008. My life as a criminal: reflections on the Dangerous Dogs Act. In: BSC Annual Conference, Huddersfield, July.
  • Kaspersson, M. 2007. Feminism taken too far? Reflections on the Swedish debate on how to research violence. In: European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference, Utrecht, the Netherlands, August; and the BSC Annual Conference, London, September.
  • Kaspersson, M. 2006. The problem with symbolic legislation and deterrence: the case of the Swedish Prostitution Law. In: BSC Annual Conference, Glasgow, July; and the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference, Corinth, Greece, September.
  • Kaspersson, M. 2005. Reading Lombroso: female born criminals or patriarchal victims?. In: BSC Annual Conference, Leeds, July; and the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Annual Conference, Belfast, September.

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