Dr Melissa Mendez
Lecturer in Criminology
Telephone: (01792) 606057
Room: Office - 135
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Melissajoined the School of Law and Criminology in January 2017. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and completed her PhD at Cardiff University in January 2019. Her doctoral thesis explored the subjective lived experiences of detained young male offenders in Trinidad and Tobago in the context of state legitimacy and procedural justice. 

In addition to a PhD, 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. Her interests include legitimacy, sentencing, penology, and youth justice. 


  • 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.

  • ASC220 The Criminal State: International Issues

    This module explores crimes of the state from an international perspective and provides a theoretical understanding of global law and human rights. It offers a critical evaluation of contemporary conflicts and power struggles, in addition to reviewing historical cases of genocide, state-sponsored violence and organised crime. The module also takes into account Western intervention in volatile political situations and the implications on social development. There is a particular focus upon crimes of the state against women and marginalised groups. Finally, the role of global organisations is discussed in relation to combating corruption and human rights violations.

  • ASC324 Dissertation

    This module will equip students with the skills needed to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. A series of 6 compulsory meetings with dissertation supervisors followed by optional meetings, enables students to complete this task

  • ASCM24 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

    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