Dr Katie McBride
Lecturer in Criminology
School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Dr McBride is an early career academic having recently successfully published work related to hate and harm and undertaking research specifically examining the experiences of trans individuals in society. A publication for the International Review of Victimology (McBride, 2019) addresses the harms associated with mediated representations of transgender identity. Dr McBride is the Joint Portfolio Lead for Criminology and Professional Policing Programmes at the University at Plymouth and has taught on a range of modules across the Criminology Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programme. Dr McBride is also the School of Society and Culture lead for Employability.
Dr McBride is a member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) and the International Network for Hate Studies (INHS) and has presented initial findings of her PhD research, in addition to the Critical Hate Studies theoretical framework developed with her colleague Prof Zoë James, to a national audience at the BSC annual conference in 2015 and 2018 and internationally at the INHS biennial conferences in 2016 and 2018 and most recently at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in 2019.
Prior to joining academia, Katie had an established career as an equality and human rights practitioner, as a community engagement and development, and policy officer in the public sector before joining the third sector to become Chief Executive officer of the regional equality and human rights body, Equality South West, which supported community activism across the spectrum of protected characteristics.
Katie has also held Non-Executive Director roles at Plymouth Community Homes; supporting their work to provide quality affordable housing to residents of Plymouth at the surrounding area. Katie Chaired the Customer Focus Committee and was Deputy Director before her retirement in 2021.
PhD Criminology 'A critical analysis of harms experienced by transgender individuals'.
Prior to returning to the University of Plymouth to undertake her PhD, Katie was Chief Executive of the regional equality and human rights body, Equality South West. Here Katie championed equality and advanced the human rights agenda at a local, regional and national level amongst public, private and third sectors.
Member of British Society of Criminology
Member of International Network for Hate Studies
Roles on external bodies
Plymouth Community Homes, Non-Executive Director (Aug 2011 - Sept 2020)
Plymouth Community Homes, Chair of Customer Focus Committee (Sept 2014 - Sept 2020)
Plymouth Community Homes, Vice Chair (Nov 2017 - Sept 2020)
- Crime in context
- Researching crime and criminal justice
- Systemic violence
- Hate Crime
- Working for justice
- County lines
- Women and crime
Staff serving as external examiners
- Transgender equality
- Human rights
- Social harm
- Gender diversity
Key publications are highlightedJournals
McBride, K., (2020). Redressing the balance: Lived experiences of the harms of visually mediated transgender identity. International Review of Victimology, 26(2), pp.163-180.
James, Z. and McBride, K. (2021) Critical Hate Studies: A new perspective. International Review of Victimology https://doi.org/10.1177%2F02697580211037854
McBride, K. and James, Z. (2021) Hateful subjectivities: Using intersectionality to inform a Critical Hate Studies perspective. In: Healy, J. and Colliver, B. (Eds) Contemporary Intersectional Criminology: Examining the Boundaries of Intersectionality and Crime. Bristol University Press.
James, Z and McBride, K (2021) Examining the contours of hate: a critical hate studies analysis. In: Hall, E, Clayton, J and Donovan, C (eds) Landscapes of hate: spaces of abjection, discrimination and exclusion. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
- British Society of Criminology (BSC) Annual Conference, Plymouth. ‘The prevailing concepts of hate crime’ (July, 2015)
- International Network of Hate Studies (INHS) Limerick. ‘Transgender identities: experiences of everyday stigma and exclusion’ (May, 2016)
- International Network of Hate Studies (INHS), Toronto. ‘Transnormativity and the visual hierarchies of neoliberal recognition’ (May, 2018)
- British Society of Criminology (BSC) Annual Conference, Birmingham. ‘Transnormativity and the visual hierarchies of neoliberal recognition’ (July, 2018)
- American Association of Criminology (ASC) Annual Conference, San Francisco. ‘Examining the contours of hate: A critical hate studies analysis’ (November, 2019).