Meet the Team

Arden University’s Criminology and Law team is made up of a group of lecturers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Here to ensure that you gain the skills and expertise needed by employers, this team of enthusiastic, dedicated lecturers have each helped to shape and design each module, alongside industry-leading professionals.   

Whether you’re starting an undergraduate degree in criminology or you’re looking to develop your career as a lawyer with an LLB qualification, Arden’s School of Criminology and Law will help you make an immediate and real impact in any career path you choose. Whatever degree you’re studying, our lecturers aim to deliver high-value programmes that provide students with the skills employers are looking for. 

You can meet the team behind your degree below. 

Arden Criminology Lecturer Dr. Marsh

Dr. Kimberley Marsh

Deputy Head of School - Social Sciences  

Dr Kimberley Marsh founded Arden’s Criminology and Social Science Research Group and is the coordinator for guest speakers within the department. She has taught on several different modules in Criminology at Arden University and The University of Manchester. In addition, she has carried out government-funded research, looking into improving the life chances of looked after children and care leavers in the UK. Kimberley's research interests focus on attachment, parenting styles, and behavioural responses. 

Professor Sue Rivers

Professor Sue Rivers

Head of School of Law

Sue is a Barrister, Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Manager. She is a Principal Fellow of the Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and became professor of learning and teaching in 2015. She was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2021 in recognition of her expertise in pedagogy learning, especially as applied to online and blended learning. After seven years in professional practice as a senior legal advisor to lay magistrates, Sue started her academic career teaching law to would-be chartered surveyors at the now University College of Estate Management in Reading. She has held a number of Dean, Associate Dean, and Head of School roles, and has worked at Coventry University, BPP University, and Birmingham City University. She was most recently Interim Executive Dean at LAMDA, a drama school in West London, where she led the successful project for the organisation to obtain its own Degree Awarding Powers.

Harriet Jones

Harriet Jones 

Deputy Head of School - Law

Harriet is a law academic and former associate head with a focus on access to justice, mediation, and practical legal training. She is an RICS accredited mediator who is hoping to start a PhD on international mediation and access to justice.

Harriet graduated from the University of Hull with a LLB Law (Hons) degree and later went on to achieve a Bar Professional Training Course. Harriet was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2012 and continues to be very actively involved with the legal profession. Prior to entering academia, Harriet worked in the voluntary sector as a campaigns officer and as a legal adviser. Now, Harriet is responsible for the management and academic delivery of the LLB Law programmes at Arden University. She is currently working to improve key metrics within the Law programmes to ensure our programme portfolio reflects changes to professional legal education.

Dr Liam Leonard

Dr. Liam Leonard


Dr. Liam James Leonard (BA; M. Phil; PhD), formerly worked with the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, and several universities internationally. Dr Leonard is chair of the International Criminology Association and former member secretary and president of the Sociological Association of Ireland. He was the senior academic and primary instructor on the award-winning Custodial Care Prison Studies Program, which trained approx. 1,000 recruits in a humane approach to prison and corrections work for the Irish Prison Service. He also worked with former gang members in Los Angeles.

He has written and edited over 25 books and numerous journal articles, served as senior editor of Ecopolitics as well as the Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice Book Series and Founding Editor of the CRIMSOC: Journal of Social Criminology. He was awarded the Sage Publishing Research Excellence Award in New York as well as the NAIRTL Research & Teaching Award in 2012, and a California State University Author’s Award in 2015.

Dr David Sheldon

Dr. David Sheldon

Lecturer - Criminology and Sociology  

Dr. David Sheldon joined Arden University after previously working at King’s College London and the University of Birmingham. He is a criminologist with a background in law. David is an ethnographic researcher which means that during his research he immerses himself into an area and population to understand how they interact and why things happen. His research has focussed on prisons, sex offenders, and violence which has meant he spent time in prison as a researcher talking to prisoners and prison staff to understand the complexities of prison life and social dynamics.

Dr Mark Bushell

Dr. Mark Bushell


Having taught on criminology, criminal Justice, and combined degree programmes at Sunderland, Northumbria and Teesside Universities since 2013, Dr MarkBushell has a wealth of experience in the higher education industry. He also has proven qualitative and ethnographic research skills, acquired whilst researching migrant workers in the North East night-time economy, a project for which he recently submitted his PhD thesis. His areas of academic interest include critical criminology, violence, labour markets and social harm. Away from academia, Mark enjoys a wide variety of music and has played guitar for over twenty-five years, performing with a variety of acts throughout the UK.

Dr Isla Masson

Dr. Isla Masson

Programme Leader - Criminology and Sociology

Dr Isla Masson is a programme leader for criminology and sociology courses at Arden University. Her research interests range from female offenders, gender, and motherhood to restorative Justice, rehabilitation, incarceration, penology, offender management, and prisoners’ families, among other related topics.

Isla has written a great number of publications which focus on these subjects including reducing the harm of short term imprisonment and restorative justice with female offenders. Additionally, she has published blogs about female offender strategy and how the coronavirus affects family and friends of people on remand.

Dr Mark Pettigrew

Dr. Mark Pettigrew

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Mark Pettigrew (BA Hons; MA; PhD; FHEA) is an award winning researcher and criminologist. After completing his doctoral research on capital punishment and death row incarceration in the United States, Mark began his career researching the use of whole life imprisonment in England & Wales and the crimes that give rise to the sentence. Since then, Mark has published extensively on sexual paraphilic disorders and their role in homicide and serial killing. His current research interests include sexual paraphilic disorders, homicide dynamics, and the crime scene behaviours of sexually motivated killers.

Dr Shannon DeBlasio

Dr. Shannon DeBlasio


Dr. Shannon DeBlasio is a lecturer within the School of Psychology and Social Sciences, teaching criminology and forensic psychology modules and working to support students through their BSc and MSc studies. Before joining Arden, Shannon worked within the prison estate. She spent seven years in a category B male prison undertaking a series of roles including treatment managing the offender behaviour change programmes, working non-operationally as a substance misuse practitioner, and within the security department as an intelligence analyst.

Her research interests lie within the experience of offending, particularly sexual and violent crimes. Shannon’s PhD thesis explored the criminal narratives, emotions, and individual differences of 120 men who had been found guilty of a sexual or acquisitive offence within the UK.

Dr. Jane Donoghue

Dr. Jane Donoghue


Dr. Jane Donoghue is a lecturer in Criminology at Arden University. Her research is multi-disciplinary in nature, with a particular focus on criminal justice policy and practice, both nationally and internationally. Jane has published widely on criminal justice responses to offending and has conducted research on a range of different topics, including virtual courts and sentencing, anti-social behaviour, and youth justice. She currently specialises in the evolution of digital criminal justice praxis, and its consequences and future implications for systems of justice globally.

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