Dr Sarah Armstrong

  • Senior Research Fellow (Sociology)

telephone: 01413307715
email: Sarah.Armstrong@glasgow.ac.uk

R315 Level 3
SCCJR
Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street


My research concerns prisons, policy and culture, and often all three of these at once. I am interested in how penal policy and popular culture separately and jointly shape our understanding of punishment. To explore this I draw on diverse methods (ethnography, statistical analysis, semiotics, discourse analysis, evaluation) and disciplines (anthropology of policy, human geography, actor-network-theory, creative arts). I both work with and study policy makers involved in criminal justice, having advised the Scottish Government on its penal policy and attempted to make sense of policy as a distinctive cultural world.

Recent funded research has included an artist in residence project (Leverhulme Trust); an ethnography of penal policy (Economic and Social Research Council); an evaluation of open prisons and electronic monitoring in Scottish Prisons (Scottish Government); a review of Circles of Support and Accountability in Scotland (Sacro); and a study of the views of the punished (SCCJR).

I have a BA in history (with a concentration in East Asian Studies) from Carleton College (Minnesota, USA). I did my graduate work at University of California, Berkeley, where I earned a JD in law (2000) and PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (2006); the latter was on decarceration of young people from reform institutions in what is now known as the Massachusetts Experiment. During my doctorate I dedicated much time to studying classic and contemporary social theory, and have a particular affinity for Georg Simmel. Prior to joining Glasgow University in 2007, I was a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law.

As the PGR Convenor in Criminology, I have responsibility for overseeing existing PhD students and advising on the applications of prospective ones.

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Number of items: 26.

2014

Armstrong, Sarah (2014) Capacity as philosophy: review of Lippke's Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8 (1). pp. 265-281. ISSN 1871-9791 (doi:10.1007/s11572-013-9272-3)

Armstrong, Sarah (2014) Capacity as philosophy: review of Richard Lippke’s, The Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8 (1). pp. 265-281. ISSN 1871-9791 (doi:10.1007/s11572-013-9272-3)

Armstrong, Sarah (2014) Siting prisons, sighting communities: geographies of objection in a planning process. Environment and Planning A, 46 (3). pp. 550-565. ISSN 0308-518X (doi:10.1068/a45407)

2013

Armstrong, S., and Weaver, E. (2013) Persistent punishment: user views of short prison sentences. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52 (3). pp. 285-305. ISSN 0265-5527 (doi:10.1111/hojo.12015)

Armstrong, S.C. (2013) Using the future to predict the past: prison population projections and the colonisation of penal imagination. In: Malloch, M. and Munro, B. (eds.) Crime, Critique and Utopia. Series: Critical Criminological Perspectives . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 136-163. ISBN 9781137009791

2012

Armstrong, S., and Barton, G. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries: Final Review for Audit Scotland. Technical Report. Audit Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S., McIvor, G., McNeill, F., and McGuinness, P. (2012) International Evidence Review of Conditional (Suspended) Sentences: Final Report. Technical Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, S., and McNeill, F. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Glasgow.

2011

Armstrong, S., Malloch, M., Norris, P., and Nellis, M. (2011) Evaluation of the Use of Home Detention Curfew and the Open Prison Estate in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S. (2011) David Garland, 'Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 15 (3). pp. 490-492. ISSN 1364-9809 (doi:10.3366/elr.2011.0066)

2010

Armstrong, Sarah, and Weaver, Beth (2010) User Views of Punishment: The comparative experience of short prison sentences and community-based punishments. Project Report. University of Glasgow / University of Strathclyde.

Leverick, F., Chalmers, J., Armstrong, S., and McNeill, F. (2010) Part of the establishment? A decade of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Scots Law Times (27). pp. 147-151. ISSN 0036-908X

2009

Leverick, F., Chalmers, J., Armstrong, S., and McNeill, F. (2009) Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission: 10th Anniversary Research. Project Report. Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, Sarah, and McNeill, F. (2009) Choice versus crisis: how Scotland could transform the way we think about prisons and punishment. Criminal Justice Matters, 75 (1). pp. 2-4. ISSN 0962-7251 (doi:10.1080/09627250802699632)

Armstrong, S. (2009) Nicola Lacey, 'The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 13 (3). pp. 550-551. ISSN 1364-9809 (doi:10.3366/E1364980909000821)

Armstrong, Sarah, Hamilton-Smith, N., and Mackenzie, Simon (2009) Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime: a Review of SCDEA’s Key Performance Indicators. Project Report. Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. (Unpublished)

2008

Armstrong, S.C. (2008) Crime pays - but for whom? Scottish Left Review, 48 . pp. 8-9.

Armstrong, S. (2008) Fixing Scotland's remand problem. In: Lightowler, C. and Hare, D. (eds.) Prisons and Sentencing Reform: Developing Policy in Scotland. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Glasgow, UK, pp. 10-14.

Armstrong, Sarah, Chistyakova, Y, Mackenzie, Simon, and Malloch, M (2008) Circles of Support and Accountability: Consideration of the Feasibility of Pilots in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

2007

Armstrong, S.C. (2007) What good are markets in punishment? Prison Service Journal, 172 . pp. 1-4. ISSN 0300-3558

2006

Armstrong, S. and McAra, L., (Eds.) (2006) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199278763

Armstrong, S., and McAra, L. (2006) Audiences, borders, architecture: the contours of control. In: Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

Armstrong, S.C., and McAra, L. (2006) Audience, borders and architecture: the contours of control. In: Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

2003

Armstrong, S (2003) Bureaucracy, Private Prisons, and the Future of Penal Reform. Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 7 (1). pp. 275-306. ISSN 1093-3514

2002

Armstrong, S (2002) Punishing not-for-profit: Implications of nonprofit privatization in juvenile punishment. Punishment and Society, 4 (3). pp. 345-368. ISSN 1462-4745 (doi:10.1177/146247402400426789)

Armstrong, S (2002) The emergence and implications of a mental health ethos in juvenile justice. Sociology of Health and Illness, 24 (5). pp. 599-620. ISSN 0141-9889

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Article

Armstrong, Sarah (2014) Capacity as philosophy: review of Lippke's Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8 (1). pp. 265-281. ISSN 1871-9791 (doi:10.1007/s11572-013-9272-3)

Armstrong, Sarah (2014) Capacity as philosophy: review of Richard Lippke’s, The Ethics of Plea Bargaining. Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8 (1). pp. 265-281. ISSN 1871-9791 (doi:10.1007/s11572-013-9272-3)

Armstrong, Sarah (2014) Siting prisons, sighting communities: geographies of objection in a planning process. Environment and Planning A, 46 (3). pp. 550-565. ISSN 0308-518X (doi:10.1068/a45407)

Armstrong, S., and Weaver, E. (2013) Persistent punishment: user views of short prison sentences. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 52 (3). pp. 285-305. ISSN 0265-5527 (doi:10.1111/hojo.12015)

Armstrong, S. (2011) David Garland, 'Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 15 (3). pp. 490-492. ISSN 1364-9809 (doi:10.3366/elr.2011.0066)

Leverick, F., Chalmers, J., Armstrong, S., and McNeill, F. (2010) Part of the establishment? A decade of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Scots Law Times (27). pp. 147-151. ISSN 0036-908X

Armstrong, Sarah, and McNeill, F. (2009) Choice versus crisis: how Scotland could transform the way we think about prisons and punishment. Criminal Justice Matters, 75 (1). pp. 2-4. ISSN 0962-7251 (doi:10.1080/09627250802699632)

Armstrong, S. (2009) Nicola Lacey, 'The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies': Review. Edinburgh Law Review, 13 (3). pp. 550-551. ISSN 1364-9809 (doi:10.3366/E1364980909000821)

Armstrong, S.C. (2008) Crime pays - but for whom? Scottish Left Review, 48 . pp. 8-9.

Armstrong, S.C. (2007) What good are markets in punishment? Prison Service Journal, 172 . pp. 1-4. ISSN 0300-3558

Armstrong, S (2003) Bureaucracy, Private Prisons, and the Future of Penal Reform. Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 7 (1). pp. 275-306. ISSN 1093-3514

Armstrong, S (2002) Punishing not-for-profit: Implications of nonprofit privatization in juvenile punishment. Punishment and Society, 4 (3). pp. 345-368. ISSN 1462-4745 (doi:10.1177/146247402400426789)

Armstrong, S (2002) The emergence and implications of a mental health ethos in juvenile justice. Sociology of Health and Illness, 24 (5). pp. 599-620. ISSN 0141-9889

Book Section

Armstrong, S.C. (2013) Using the future to predict the past: prison population projections and the colonisation of penal imagination. In: Malloch, M. and Munro, B. (eds.) Crime, Critique and Utopia. Series: Critical Criminological Perspectives . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 136-163. ISBN 9781137009791

Armstrong, S. (2008) Fixing Scotland's remand problem. In: Lightowler, C. and Hare, D. (eds.) Prisons and Sentencing Reform: Developing Policy in Scotland. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Glasgow, UK, pp. 10-14.

Armstrong, S., and McAra, L. (2006) Audiences, borders, architecture: the contours of control. In: Armstrong, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

Armstrong, S.C., and McAra, L. (2006) Audience, borders and architecture: the contours of control. In: Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-30. ISBN 9780199278763

Edited Book

Armstrong, S. and McAra, L., (Eds.) (2006) Perspectives on Punishment: The Contours of Control. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199278763

Research Report or Paper

Armstrong, S., and Barton, G. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries: Final Review for Audit Scotland. Technical Report. Audit Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, S., McIvor, G., McNeill, F., and McGuinness, P. (2012) International Evidence Review of Conditional (Suspended) Sentences: Final Report. Technical Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, S., and McNeill, F. (2012) Reducing Reoffending: Review of Selected Countries. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), Glasgow.

Armstrong, S., Malloch, M., Norris, P., and Nellis, M. (2011) Evaluation of the Use of Home Detention Curfew and the Open Prison Estate in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, UK.

Armstrong, Sarah, and Weaver, Beth (2010) User Views of Punishment: The comparative experience of short prison sentences and community-based punishments. Project Report. University of Glasgow / University of Strathclyde.

Leverick, F., Chalmers, J., Armstrong, S., and McNeill, F. (2009) Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission: 10th Anniversary Research. Project Report. Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Glasgow, UK.

Armstrong, Sarah, Hamilton-Smith, N., and Mackenzie, Simon (2009) Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime: a Review of SCDEA’s Key Performance Indicators. Project Report. Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. (Unpublished)

Armstrong, Sarah, Chistyakova, Y, Mackenzie, Simon, and Malloch, M (2008) Circles of Support and Accountability: Consideration of the Feasibility of Pilots in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

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My research has been funded by:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Adam Smith Research Foundation
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

 

I am interested in supervising research students working on: social policy and organisational topics (including but not limited to criminal justice topics); all aspects of prisons and punishment; actor-network-theory and science and technology studies topics; and cultural theory and representation, particularly in criminal justice.

I teach postgraduate courses in Crime, Media and Popular Culture and Punishment and Penology, as well as coordinate MSc/MRes Criminology Dissertations.