Melissa joined the College of Law and Criminology in January 2017. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and is presently a PhD researcher. Her doctoral thesis explores the subjective lived experiences of detained young male offenders in Trinidad and Tobago. Her interests include sentencing, penology and youth justice.

Melissa holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, an LLM (Merit) from UCL, and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. Melissa is an attorney at law qualified to practise law in the West Indies since 2006.

Teaching

  • ASC103 Criminology, Crime and Society

    This module introduces the basic concepts in criminology such as how the study of crime began; the prevalence of crime and how it is measured; explanations of crime causation; and patterns of crime amongst different groups in society.

  • ASC109 Foundations in Research

    This module is intended to give students a foundation in research methods that are relevant to the study of Criminology. Teaching will focus on current issues in criminology and criminal justice, notably research led by staff within the Criminology Department, and, through the module, students will be encouraged to gather and assess a wide range of information from a variety of sources, including; criminology books, journal articles, the Internet and the media in order to understand important themes in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the different ways they are presented. The module is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking, providing an opportunity for students to broaden perspectives, deepen understanding of contemporary criminal justice issues and to consolidate and apply research-related skills that they have thus far learnt during their studies. .

  • ASC204 Penology and Punishment

    This module examines contemporary approaches to the punishment of crime, taking account of the history and philosophy of criminal justice responses to offending behaviour, especially within prisons. It considers the purpose and justification for different forms of punishment in modern society, including the death penalty; prisoner experiences including solitary confinement and prisoner rape; as well as critically analysing the treatment of different types of offenders, paying particular attention to disadvantaged/marginalised social groups. The module also examines `newer¿ forms of criminality including peer to peer abuse and online child sex abuse and considers the difficulties that presently exist in successfully identifying and punishing these types of offending behaviours.

  • ASCM24 The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

    The module reviews the structure of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, and considers contemporary debates concerning its institutions and functioning.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Lecturer - Criminology - College of Law and Criminology

    2017 - Present