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Dr Maria De Angelis, Senior Lecturer

Dr Maria De Angelis

Senior Lecturer

Dr Maria De Angelis is Senior Lecturer in Criminology. She undertook her doctoral research at the University of Hull in her specialist area - Human Trafficking. Maria's pedagogy and research foreground the relationship between criminal justice and social policy responses.

Maria’s central research interest within human trafficking is women's dual experiences of victimisation and agency. An affiliated interest lies in researching women’s experiences of dis/empowerment in British immigration removal centres. As an independent researcher, Maria's focus is on art as socially engaged practice & affective pedagogy. A current example of this work is her ‘Asylum in Art’ photo-voice exhibition showing in galleries and museums between October 2020-21.

Maria is a member of CIRN: the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Narrative at St.Thomas' University in Canada. She is an active member of the Women, Crime and Criminal Justice network (British Society of Criminology) and the Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).

Current Teaching

Maria is the module leader for 'Images of Crime' and a departmental lead on research ethics within the Leeds School of Social Sciences. She supervises a number of undergraduate and post-graduate students across a diverse range of topics including forced marriage & honour killings, asylum & mental health; State & NGO responses to people trafficking.

Research Interests

Maria is presently disseminating findings in the field of crimigration. Her ‘Asylum in Art’ photo-voice exhibition is designed to take its audience on an experiential tour of life inside a British Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and beyond release into a community in the city of Leeds. At its heart, this impact project captures the tension between the institutional IRC (tasked with detaining & deporting those without papers) and the gendered, cultural, human face of detainees hidden away inside it. Using a photo-voice method, the exhibition reflects key narratives across detention experience: a lack of institutional legitimacy; its modern slavery typology; its carceral practices, its netting of poor people of colour; counter-conduct and belonging both within & beyond IRC walls.

This research is a collaborative project with Jeremy Abrahams (photographer) & Critical Friends from City of Sanctuary, Refugee Education Training Advice Service (RETAS); Toast-Love-Coffee café; Asmarina Voices; Hinsley Hall; & Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds. As it takes the audience on an experiential tour into the lived reality of detainees, it becomes an interactive process. Art as witness to trauma & resistance encourages all of us to think through oppressive dynamics imposed on people by the State & its institutions, so we are better equipped to understand our place in asylum practices & our capacity for social change.

Dr Maria De Angelis, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • De Angelis M (2016) Freedom in Exile: Everyday Material Culture for Rebuilding Choice and Control beyond Forced Migration. In: Dixey R ed. Women, Well Being and Health Promotion. Cabi,

  • De Angelis M (2017) From ‘Bare’ Life to Political Life: Immigration Ex-Detainees’ Experience and Challenge of Bio Power. In: British Society of Criminology, 5 July 2017 - 6 July 2017, Sheffield Hallam University.

  • De Angelis M (2016) John McKendy Memorial Lecture. St. Thomas University.

  • De Angelis M (2015) Freedom in Exile: Control and Belonging beyond Forced Migration. In: World Unite Festival, University of Leeds.

  • De Angelis M (2012) Human Trafficking. [PhD Thesis]. University of Hull.

  • De Angelis M (2016) Human trafficking; women's stories of agency.

  • De Angelis M (2016) 'Human Trafficking: Women's Stories of Agency'. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.