Rafe McGregor


Dr Rafe McGregor is Senior Lecturer in Criminology. He researches political violence, media and culture, and policing, focusing on the impact of theories of culture on the actualisation of social justice. From 2021 to 2026 he is co-investigator of the Croatian Science Foundation Installation Research Project ‘Aesthetic Education through Narrative Art’, headed by Dr Iris Vidmar Jovanović at the University of Rijeka. His teaching interests include the various criminological, sociological, and philosophical questions surrounding both ‘race’ and violence. Rafe was previously Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Trinity University (2017-2018), Lecturer in Policing at Bishop Burton College (2016-2017), and Tutor at the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (2010-2015). Prior to his postgraduate study, he served as a prison officer in HM Prison Service (2000-2010) and a police officer in the Durban City Police (1992-1998). He Tweets at: @detectingharm.


  • PhD in Philosophy, University of York, 2015
  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy, 2016

Professional Appointments

  • Advance Higher Education (Fellow)
  • Critical Criminology: An International Journal (Editorial Board)
  • British Society of Aesthetics (Trustee)
  • Crime Writers Association (Member)


  • CRI2023 ‘Race’, Crime and Criminology
  • CRI 2222/4 Violence and Society
  • CRI 3020 Dissertation

Research Interests

  • Political Violence
  • Media and Culture
  • Policing



  • McGregor, R. (2021). Critical Criminology and Literary Criticism. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
  • McGregor, R. (2021). A Criminology of Narrative Fiction. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
  • McGregor, R. (2018). Narrative Justice. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.


  • McGregor, R. (2021). Four Characteristics of Policing as a Practice. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, available at DOI: 10.1093/police/paab015.
  • McGregor, R. (2021). The Urban Zemiology of Carnival Row: Allegory, Racism and Revanchism. Critical Criminology: An International Journal, available at DOI: 10.1007/s10612-020-09549-7.
  • McGregor, R., Lewis, C., Matravers, D., Rizov, V., Simecek, K. & Vidmar Jovanović, I. (2020). Narrative Justice Symposium. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 54 (4), 1-75.
  • McGregor, R. (2020). Narrative Counter-Terror: Deconstruction, Deliverance, and Debilitation. Terrorism and Political Violence, available at DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2020.1794854.
  • McGregor, R. (2020). Criminological Fiction: What is it good for? Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Criminology, 12 (January), 18-36.
  • McGregor, R. (2019). James Ellroy’s Critical Criminology: Crimes of the Powerful in the Underworld USA Trilogy. Critical Criminology: An International Journal, available at DOI: 10.1007/s10612-019-09459-3.
  • McGregor, R. & Park, M.S.A. (2019). Towards a Deconstructed Curriculum: Rethinking Higher Education in the Global North. Teaching in Higher Education Special Issue: Experts, knowledge and criticality in the age of ‘alternative facts’: re-examining the contribution of higher education, 24 (3), 332-345.
  • McGregor, R. (2018). Cinematic Realism: A Defence from Plato to Gaut. British Journal of Aesthetics, 58 (3), 225-239.
  • McGregor, R. (2017). The Person of the Torturer: Secret Policemen in Fiction and Non-Fiction. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 51 (4), 44-59.
  • McGregor, R. (2016). The Silence of the Night: Collaboration, Deceit, and Remorselessness. Orbis Litterarum, 71 (2), 163-184.
  • McGregor, R. (2015). Literary Thickness. British Journal of Aesthetics, 55 (3), 343-360.
  • McGregor, R. (2014). Cinematic Philosophy: Experiential Affirmation in Memento. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 72 (1), 57-66.

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