Professor Kim Stevenson

Professor Kim Stevenson

Professor of Socio Legal History

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Professor of SocioLegal History and Deputy Director Research Centre for Law and Criminal Justice. 
Co-director SOLON: Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies  in Law Crime and History Joint editor Law Crime and History  and General Editor for a new book series Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories.


PhD (Nottingham Trent); LLB(Hons)  

Kim joined the University of Plymouth in 2004 and formerly taught at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, for 15 years where she lectured Constitutional and Administrative Law and Sexuality and the Law; she has also taught courses as part of business studies, surveying, social sciences and criminology degrees. She was also a visiting professor at the William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, USA and the Open University Hong Kong.

Roles on external bodies

Member ESRC Peer Review College July 2010 to present (ESRC reviewer since 2008)
Peer reviewer Australian Research Council

Teaching interests

English Legal System

Legal Skills

Criminal Law

Sex  Power and Legal Control

Law in Context

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

include historical and contemporary aspects of the criminal law with particular emphasis on sexual offences, sexuality, morality and violence. She has currently published a monograph with Judith Rowbotham and Samantha Pegg (Nottingham Trent) Crime News in Modern Britain: Press Reporting and Responsibility 1850-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). She jointly edited with Jones, Grear, Fenton, Gender, Sexualities and the Law (Routledge 2011); and with Rowbotham, Criminal Conversations: Victorian Crimes, Social Panic and Moral Outrage (Ohio State University Press 2005) follow-up to Behaving Badly: Visible Crime, Social Panics and Legal Responses - Victorian and Modern Parallels (Ashgate, 2002).

Joint Director SOLON: Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History and Co-Editor of international refereed e-journal  Law, Crime and History This is an inter-institutional and collaborative research project drawing primarily on legal and historical perspectives. Universities leading the project are Nottingham Trent, Oxford Brookes, Plymouth, Liverpool John Moores and West of England. 

Lead General Editor Routledge SOLON Explorations in the Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice Book Series launched 2012.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

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