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Rachel Bennett



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Academic Biography

Dr Rachel Bennett was awarded her PhD in History by the University of Leicester in 2016. Between 2016-2019 she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick as part of the Wellcome Trust funded project Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000. She joined Teesside University in November 2019. 


Summary of Research Interests

Rachel's research interests include the history of crime and the shifting modalities of punishment in Britain, the intersections between medicine and health and the criminal justice system and the development of the prison system. This includes examining the impact of social and cultural beliefs and political context in shaping the conception and implementation of public policies, especially those surrounding punishment, and public responses to them. Her publication profile encompasses several of these research areas and includes her monograph Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740-1834 (Palgrave, 2018). Rachel is currently writing her second monograph which is focused upon women's health, maternity care and motherhood in English prisons. 

External Research Collaborations

During her research fellowship at the University of Warwick, Rachel worked as part of a research team who forged collaborations with medical and arts practitioners, charities, prison reform organisations and people in prison to create a range of projects exploring how humanities and the arts can identify enduring and resonating themes and improve the wellbeing of incarcerated populations. Please visit for more information on these projects and their longer term impact. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Leicester

Award Date: 25 May 2016

Master, Northumbria University

Award Date: 3 Dec 2012

Bachelor, Northumbria University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2011

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Research Output

A practice which wounds only the living: publicly punishing the criminal body in nineteenth century Scotland

Bennett, R., 2020, (In preparation) Execution culture and penal practice in the nineteenth century. Low, P., Sandford- Couch, C. & Rutherford, H. (eds.). Routledge

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    Maternity care reform in English prisons: a century of unanswered concerns

    Bennett, R., 8 Mar 2019, In : History & Policy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Capital punishment and the Criminal corpse in Scotland 1740-1834

    Bennett, R. E., 2018, Palgrave Macmillan. 237 p. (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access