Miss Melissa Mendez
Lecturer in Criminology
Criminology
Telephone: (01792) 606057
Room: Office - 130
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

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.

  • 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 such as torture, human trafficking and modern day slavery.

  • ASC303 Young Offenders and Youth Justice

    This module deals with the theory and practice of youth justice and working with young offenders. The history of changing attitudes and policies is related to current issues and practice. The work and shifts in the functions of key criminal justice agencies such as youth offending teams will be critically considered in this module.

  • 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.

  • ASCM43 Dissertation ( Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology)

    Students will write a dissertation on a criminological topic of their own choice.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Lecturer - Criminology - College of Law and Criminology

    2017 - Present