Dr. Michael Rice

Affiliated Lecturer


Michael Rice began his undergraduate career at Oxford as a lawyer but ended it as a mediaeval linguist. He then worked for the Survey Research Centre at the London School of Economics. Subsequently, with funding from the Joseph Rowntree Trust, he directed a successful planning law reform campaign, and for a time he was Will Hutton's gardener. In posts funded by the Home Office, he worked on health and education as a Parliamentary liaison officer at Westminster. Before his arrival in Cambridge as a mature graduate student he was active in local politics in north London, taking particular interest in housing and the built environment. For his doctoral study of prisoners' reading abilities he spent over two hundred days-but no nights-behind bars. On completion of this research, he worked for Nacro's Crime and Social Policy section, beginning with an evaluation of ten community safety schemes in London. At present, he teaches courses on crime and deviance, sentencing policy, elementary statistical analysis and survey research methods to graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculties of Law and Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS).

In recent years, Michael has supervised MPhil dissertations on many topics, including drug policy in The Netherlands, the surveillance of political protestors, police corruption, terrorism, hate crime with reference to both ethnic and sexual minorities, juror decision-making, prosecutorial practice in Ghana, child witnesses in criminal trials, white-collar crime, muti-related murder in South Africa, sex offender registration, the August 2011 riots and moral panic in England, the punishment of psychopaths, the death penalty in Malaysia, the legal representation of mentally-ill offenders, female prison officers in male prisons, deferred prosecution agreements, and ageing prisoners.

Some of Michael's papers can be found on the website.

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