Professor Lesley McAra is the Personal Chair of Penology in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her career as a researcher in the Scottish Office where she led a major programme of research evaluating social work criminal justice services. Subsequently, she joined the University of 1995 as a Lecturer in Criminology, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, and to the Chair of Penology in 2009. Professor McAra is a former Dean of the School of Law, the first woman to be appointed to that post. Her research interests lie in the general areas of the sociology of punishment and the sociology of law and deviance. Particular interests include: youth crime and juvenile justice; gender justice and community well-being; the politics of crime control; and comparative criminal justice. Currently, Professor McAra is a member of the Human Rights Action Group on Justice and Safety and the Scottish Government’s Justice Leaders Network.
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