Dr Melissa Dearey

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 465817

Dr Dearey's academic background is in philosophy and cultural theory, particularly the link between politics, art/aesthetics and social change (especially dance and popular cultural forms like auto/biography, true crime, reality TV, and game shows).

Her current research interests are in the areas of cultural criminology, deviance, evil and green criminology.



Research Interests

  • Deviance
  • Mobilities
  • Environmental, organised, corporate and state crime
  • Evil

Research groups

Dearey, M., Davis, R., Nicolas, S. (2017) Re-visiting Female Evil: Power, Purity and Desire. Amsterdam: Brill Publishers.

Dearey, M. (2014) Making Sense of Evil: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dearey, M. (2014) '"Dark am I, Yet Lovely": Tracing Diabolical Evil and Femininities in Gothic Fusion Belly Dance’. Dance, Movement and Spiritualities. Volume 1, no. 3. Pages 373-391.

Dearey, M. (2012) ‘Dealing with Metaphysical Evil: The Banker as Evil Genius in the British Television Show Deal or No Deal’. Journal of British Cinema and Television. Volume 9, Pages 262-282.

Dearey, Melissa; Petty, Bethanie; Thompson, Brett; Lear, Clinton R.; Gadsby, Stephanie; Gibbs, Donna (2011) ‘Prison(er) Auto/biography, “True Crime”, and Teaching, Learning, and Research in Criminology’. Critical Survey. Volume 23, Number 3, Winter 2011 , pp. 86-102(17).



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Crime, Deviance and Society
  • Collecting Social Data
  • Understanding Crime and Punishment
  • True Crime: Non-fictional representations of crime and punishment
  • Evil
  • Green Criminology

Research PhDs

Dr Dearey would welcome queries from students interested in the areas of radicalisation, resistance cultures, (prisoner) life writing, green criminology, dance, and gender, sexuality and the body in crime and deviance.

Completed PhDs

  • Yoana Nieto Valdivieso


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Mills)
  • PhD (York)

External roles

  • Trustee, Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), Hull, (2013-2016)

Awards and accolades

Research grants

  • Co-Investigator, ESRC grant ES/P001130/1, 'Representation of transnational human trafficking in present-day news media, true crime, and fiction'. Oct 2016 - Oct 2017. Award amount c£103,000.
  • Principal Investigator for the jointly funded ESRC/MOD research project, ‘Radicalisation: The Life Narratives of Political Prisoners’ RES-000-22-3078 (comprising £57,729.78 ESRC contribution + £23,000 from MOD). Sept 2008 - Sept 2009.
  • Principal Investigator ESRC supplementary small grant RES-000-22-3078-01 'Radicalisation: The Life Narratives of Political Prisoners' (£3,865.58) for conference held 15 September 2009 at the University of Hull.
  • Named applicant on successful funding bids to the UK Department of Health, Disability Rights Commission, and the Home Office.