Dr Rosie Smith

Sociology Course Lead

School of Psychological and Social Sciences

E: r.smith7@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 876 193

Dr Rosie Smith

I am a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, specialising in the fields of criminal justice, criminological and sociological theory. My research looks at the new concept of 'Spectacular Justice' which explores the relationship between the mass media, high profile criminal cases, and the public. My work crosses over criminological theory, visual criminology, death studies, and media studies.


Further Information



1CL002: Fundamentals in Criminological Theory

2SC004: Social Inequalities: Contemporary Debates

Sociology of Murder




My research works across criminological and sociological theory, cultural criminology, and media studies. I have coined the new concept of 'Spectacular Justice' and use this to research how the mass media represents criminal cases and turns them into high profile public dramas. Using international and historical case studies I challenge the idea that post-eighteenth century, criminal justice and punishment have become privatised and institutionalised under the pressure of panopticism. My work illustrates the renaissance of spectacular justice through print and broadcast media, and how this illuminates people's relationships with the manifestations of state power which continue to resonate in the present day.


Professional Activities


Organising Conferences and Academic Events:
2018 'The Non-Death of Neoliberalism' at York St John

2017: After Prison: Can we leave imprisonment behind? Conference 2016: Discourse(s) in the Social Sciences Conference

Public Lectures:
June 2017: 'Spectacular Justice' at York Festival of Ideas

June 2019: How do we Dispose of Mass Murderers? At York Festival of Ideas.

York CrimNet
Rosie is an active member of York CrimNet and co-organises a bi-monthly criminological reading group

Death and Culture Network
Member of the York DaCNet, active member of the monthly reading group and speaker/delegate at biennial conferences.

Rosie authored 'The Spectacle of Execution’ podcast for the 'York Death & Culture Walk’.


Publications and Conferences


Book Reviews:

Smith, R. (2016) 'Cyber-proletariat: global labour in the digital vortex', Nick Dyer-Witheford. Reviewed in 'Information, Communication & Society', 19(12): 1735-1736

Smith, R. (2016) 'SuperVision: An Introduction to the Surveillance Society', by J. Gillion and T. Monahan. Reviewed in 'Information, Communication & Society', 19(12): 1713-1715

Smith, R. (2015) 'Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling', Michel Foucault. Reviewed in 'The Sociological Imagination' [Online]. 

Smith, R. (2019) ‘The Mourning News: reporting violence death in a global age’, by T. Morse. Reviewed in ‘Mortality’ [Online]. 

Conference Papers:

2018: (Dis)posing of monsters: Justice and the ‘inhuman’ dead,’ Death and Culture Conference, York

2017: 'Digital Portraits and Future Prospects- Understanding Employability at York'. Teaching and Learning Conference, York

2017: 'Freedom to Learn- Assessment and the Student Experience'. Teaching and Learning Conference, York

2017: 'Anders Behring Breivik: Politics of Fear and National Identity', Media and Fear Conference, Lund, Sweden

2016: 'The Lurking Dead: (In)visibility and Spectacular Justice', Death and Culture Conference, York

2019: ‘The Norwegian Massacre: Terror, Mass Media, and Public Engagement.’ Death, Dying and Disposal, Bath.

Blog Posts:

Smith, R. (2017) 'This is 'proper' research: Taking on the Social Science vs. Science Debate'. Women Are Boring. 

Smith, R. (2016) 'Debate on debate: Foucault v. Chomsky (1971) and the EU Referendum'. The Sociological Imagination [Online]. 



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