Emma D. Watkins is currently in the third year of her PhD, entitled The lives and criminal careers of nineteenth-century juvenile offenders at the University of Liverpool. Emma is funded by the AHRC through the Digital Panopticon, her supervisors are Professor Barry Godfrey and the panopticon team.
Photo of Emma giving a paper at the Crime Historians Conference at The University of Edinburgh 2016
Of particular interest to Emma are the lives of juvenile offenders <14 years of age, sentenced to transportation to Australia at the Old Bailey, between 1816 – 1850. Emma will be using data – linkage, using criminal and civil records, in order to carry out life-course analysis. While looking for quantitative trends in the data, of equal importance will be the life narratives Emma is able to build up – taking into account the criminal as well as economic, social and familial lives of these young offenders.
As well as containing accounts of any conferences or events visited, this blog will be made up of case studies of criminal juveniles as well as the difficulties or triumphs encountered when building them. This blog will also be filled with any other crime history found interesting – I hope you enjoy!