Dr Alana Barton


Dr Alana Barton is a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of punishment, critical histories of crime and punishment, and research ethics. Her book ‘Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities: Two Centuries of Semi-Penal Institutionalisation for Women’ was published by Ashgate in 2005 and was nominated for the Hart Socio-Legal Studies Award and the British Society of Criminology Book Prize. She is co-editor of ‘Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology’ which was published by Willan in 2007. She has worked on large-scale Home Office funded research projects and has presented papers at numerous academic conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, Greece and Russia. She has co-edited three special editions of the Prison Service Journal (with Dr Alyson Brown) and is currently working on publications examining the challenges to the ‘criminological imagination’ posed by neo-liberal shifts in education and society and on the place of ‘celebrity missionaries’ in the construction of discourses around the poor (with Dr Howard Davis).


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Manchester Polytechnic, 1989
  • PhD Criminology/Criminal Justice – ‘Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities’, Liverpool John Moores University, 2001


  • CRI 1104 Generating Criminological Knowledge
  • CRI 3102 Politics of Punishment
  • CRI 3105 Expanding the Criminological Imagination
  • CRI 3001 Dissertation

Research Interests

  • Prisons and prison ‘tourism’
  • Austerity and the ‘war on the poor’
  • Criminological epistemology and pedagogy
  • Criminology and agnotology


  • Barton, A. and Hobson, A. (2017) ‘Learning to Fail? Prisoners with Special Educational Needs’, Prison Service Journal, No.232
  • Barton, A (2017) ‘Semi-Penal Institutions’ in Tuner, J., Taylor, P., Morley, S. and Corteen, K. (Eds) Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Policy Press.
  • Barton A and Brown A (June 2017) ‘Prison Tourism’ in Tuner, J., Taylor, P., Morley, S. and Corteen, K. (Eds) Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Policy Press.
  • Barton A & Davis H (2016) ‘From empowering the shameful to shaming the empowered: Shifting depictions of the poor in ‘reality TV’’, Crime, Media, Culture (published online before print, 24 November)
  • Barton, A. and Brown, A. (2015) ‘Show Me The Prison! The Development of Prison Tourism in Britain”. Crime, Media, Culture. Vol 11 (3): pp 237-258.
  • Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2015) ‘Neo-liberalism, Higher Education and Anti-Politics: The Assault on the Criminological Imagination’, in Frauley, J. (ed.), C W Mills and the Criminological Imagination, Ashgate.
  • Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2013), ‘The Politics of Crime and the Crimes of Politics: Where Does Criminology Stand in the “War on the Poor”? European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control: Autumn Newsletter.
  • Barton, A. & Cooper, V. (2012), ‘Hostels and Community Justice for Women: The ‘Semi-penal’ Paradox’, in Malloch, M. & McIvor, G. (eds.) ‘Women, Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices’, Routledge.
  • Barton, A. & Brown, A. (2012), ‘Dark Tourism and the Prison’, Prison Service Journal,No 199, pp. 44-49.
  • Barton, A. (2011), ‘A Woman’s Place? Uncovering Maternalistic Forms of Governance in a 19th Century Reformatory’, Family and Community History, 14 (2), pp89-104.
  • Barton, A. & Brown, A. (2011), ‘Dartmoor: Penal and Cultural Icon’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50 (5) pp478-491.
  • Barton A., Corteen K., Davies J. & Hobson A. ‘Reading the Word and Reading the World: The Impact of a Critical Pedagogical Approach to the Teaching of Criminology in Higher Education’ (2009) International Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 21 (1) pp. 24 – 41.
  • Barton A., Corteen K., Scott D. & Whyte D. (eds) (2007), ‘Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology’, Willan.
  • Barton A. (2005), ‘Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities: Two Centuries of Semi-Penal Institutionalisation for Women’, Ashgate.
  • Barton A. (2005), Incapacitation’ and ‘Just Deserts’, in Bosworth M. (ed) (2005), Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, Sage.
  • Barton, A. ‘Women and Community Punishment: The Probation Hostel as a Semi-Penal Institution for Female Offenders’(2004)Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol 43, No.2, pp. 149-163.
  • Barton, A. ‘Responding to Punishment in the Community: Conformity as Resistance in a Women’s Probation Hostel’ (2002) British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 1, No 3, pp. 37–49.
  • Mair, G. & Barton, A. ‘Drugs Throughcare in a Local Prison: A Process Evaluation’ (2001) Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Vol 8, No 4, pp. 335-345.
  • Barton, A. ‘Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: Two Centuries of Semi-Penal Control’ (2000) Liverpool Law Review, Vol 22, pp. 157-171.
  • Barton, A. & Evans, R, (1999) ‘Proactive Policing on Merseyside’, Home Office Police Research Group.
  • Roberts, K., Barton, A., Buchanan, J. & Goldson, B. (1996) ‘Evaluation of a Home Office Initiative to Help Offenders into Employment’, Home Office.

Conference Papers

  • Barton, A. & Brown, A. (2014) ‘Prison Tourism: Past and Present’, Representing Penal Histories: Displaying and Narrating the Criminal Past Conference, SOLON, Nottingham Galleries of Justice, Jan 2014.
  • Barton, A & Brown, A. (2012) ‘Prison Tourism and the Search for Ethical Authenticity’, Criminal Justice, History and Activism Conference, University of Liverpool, June 2012.
  • Barton, A. (2008), ‘Walking the Line: Involvement, Intervention and Care of the Self in Critical Research’, the American Society of Criminology Conference, St Louis, USA.
  • Barton, A. (2005), ‘Reflecting on the Research Process: Partial Identification and the Dilemmas of Standpoint Methodology’, American Society of Criminology Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Roach, L. & Barton, A. (2004), ‘Local Life: The Experience of Serving a Life Sentence in a Local Prison’, American Society of Criminology Conference, Nashville, USA.