Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, and School Learning & Teaching Lead
School of Psychological & Social Sciences
T: 01904 876579
I’m a lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, and Course Leader for Criminology here at York St John University, specialising in the field of Cultural Criminology. My research has focused on the cultural consumption of crime – such as crime museums and representations of crime in popular culture. My work has taken a particular interest in emerging cultures of ‘murderabilia’ (murder memorabilia), and crosses over cultural studies, the sociology of consumption, death and violence. I am a co-editor for the book series Emerald Studies in Death and Culture, and I work closely with the Death and Culture Network (DacNet).
1CL003 Key Concepts for Criminologists
1SC002 Investigating Sociologically
1CL005 Crime and Deviance in a Contemporary World
2SC003 The Sociology of Work
3SC005 The Sociology of Murder
Historically, my teaching has covered modules in research methods, crime, popular culture, and social theory.
My research has focused on the cultural consumption of crime – such as crime museums and representations of crime in popular culture. My work has taken a particular interest in emerging cultures of ‘murderabilia’ (murder memorabilia), and crosses over cultural studies, the sociology of consumption, death and violence. These projects aim to investigate why societies have a fascination with crime, and what it means for individuals who engage in criminal culture. I am a co-editor for the book series Emerald Studies in Death and Culture, and I work closely with the Death and Culture Network (DacNet).
I’m currently working on a collaborative project called Art, Agency & Aesthetics: Players’ Experiences of Violence in Videogames – which seeks to provide a rounded understanding and conceptualization of the sorts of social processes at play when we ‘play’ violent videogames.
Organising conferences and academic events
2018 Death and Culture Conference
2016 Death and Culture (three-day international conference)
2015 Marginal Death Research in the Social Sciences
2010 The National Deviancy Conference (three-day international conference)
Jack is a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Centre for URBan Research (CURB) and the Death and Culture Network. Jack is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Jack has worked extensively with the running and management of the Centre for URBan Research.
Murderabilia’: Crime Fiction that looks like Crime Fact for York City Big Read - September 2017
Denham, J. (2019). Collecting the Dead: Art, Antique and ‘Aura’ in Personal Collections of Murderabilia. Mortality.
Spokes, M. & Denham, J. (2019). Developing Interactive Elicitation: Social Desirability Bias and Capturing Play. The Qualitative Report. 24:4 pp781-794
Denham, J. & Spokes, M. (2018). Thinking Outside the Murder Box. Virtual Violence and Pro-Social Action in Video Games. British Journal of Criminology. 39:3 pp737-755
Denham, J. (2016). The Commodification of the Criminal Corpse: ‘Selective Memory’ in Posthumous Representations of Criminal. Mortality. 21:3 pp229-245
Books / Book Chapters
Spokes, M. Denham, J. & Lehmann, B. (2018 - Forthcoming). Death, Memorialization and Deviant Spaces. Emerald.
Denham, J. (2017). Book Review: William Corder and the Red Barn Murder: Journeys of the Criminal Body. Crime, Media, Culture. 13:3
Denham, J. (2014). A Book Review of Digital Culture Industry: A History of Digital Distribution. Information, Communication, Society. 17:8 pp1055-1057.
Denham, J. (2016). The Commodification of the Corpse: ‘Selective Memory’ and a Lack of Authenticity in Posthumous Representations of the Criminal. Celebrity Studies Conference, 28-30 June, Amsterdam.
Denham, J. (2015). Doing Research at Crime Museums in the UK and USA. Museums Showoff, 3 Feb, London.
Denham, J. (2014). Murderabilia Museums: Bringing Death to Life through Exhibitions of Violent Crime. Museums Alive, 4-5 Nov, Leicester.