Kim Stevenson

Academic profile

Professor Kim Stevenson

Emeritus Professor
School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Kim's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 05: SDG 5 - Gender EqualityGoal 16: SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

About Kim

Kim joined the University of Plymouth in 2004 and formerly taught at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, for 15 years. She was also a visiting professor at the William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, USA and the Open University Hong Kong. Research interests and expertise include historical and contemporary aspects of the criminal law with particular emphasis on sexual offences, sexuality and violence. She is committed to promoting interdisciplinary collaborations and assisting and mentoring others to develop and enhance their personal research and publication profiles. She has published widely in the area of crime history and the law with a specialist emphasis on the development of the law relating to sexual offences and was appointed Professor of Socio Legal History in 2013, retiring in 2019 she is now Emeritus Professor of SocioLegal History.

She co-founded, in 1999, with Professor Judith Rowbotham, and was Co-director SOLON: Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law Crime and History and its associated journal Law Crime and History She has now handed over the reins of editorship for both of these project to the next generation.

Kim remains General Editor RoutledgeSOLON book series Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories which she also co-founded and to date (2021) has published 17 titles.

Supervised Research Degrees

Director of Studies: Iain Channing ‘Blackshirts and White Wigs: Reflections on Public Order Law and the legacy of the British Union of Fascists in Modern Extremism University bursary awarded March 2014

Director of Studies: Henry Yeomans (Plymouth) Spirited Measures and Victorian Hangovers: Public Attitudes to Alcohol, the Law and Moral Regulation ESRC 3+ 1 funded bursary awarded May 2012

Director of Studies: Jane Abbott, (Nottingham Trent University) Contemporary Analogies, Victorian Parallels; Juvenile Delinquency - Causation, Continuity and Change in the periods 1840-1880 and 1980-2000, awarded November 2004


English Legal System

Legal Skills

Criminal Law

Sex Power and Legal Control

Law in Context

Contact Kim

Room 14, 20 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 585834