Staff profile

Dr Michael Teague

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Criminology and Policing


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am a criminologist. I studied at the universities of Oxford and Strathclyde. Prior to my academic career, I was a probation officer, working directly with offenders. This experience informs my teaching and research. I based my probation monograph, Rapists Talking About Rape: An Exploration of Masculine Culture, on my interviews with imprisoned sexual offenders. I have conducted research in the area of the occupational culture of frontline probation practitioners.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach in the areas of penology, imprisonment, probation, and comparative criminal justice.

Professional interests

I am a qualified Probation Officer and Social Worker. After gaining extensive experience in probation practice in a range of offender management roles, I was appointed as a Practice Development Assessor by the Probation Service. I then went on to teach Trainee Probation Officers at the University of Hertfordshire, and was Programme Tutor for the probation degree, delivering probation officer training for probation staff in the London area. 


Research interests

My research and teaching interests are focused on probation, imprisonment, the politics of criminal and community justice, comparative criminology and the American justice and penal systems. I have published work on the probation and prison systems in America; the privatisation of justice services; ethnographic research on probation culture in England; and the impact of neoliberal governments on penality. I am currently undertaking a study of American probation culture, based on my interviews with US probation practitioners.


Membership of professional bodies


  • PhD in Criminology
  • MSc App. Social Science (Oxon)
  • CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work)
  • PGC in Learning and Teaching
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • PG Dip Russian
  • Dip. Adv. Russian.


Recent conferences

  • Teague, M. 2015. Probation in England: A culture in a state of flux. American Society of Criminology, Washington DC
  • Teague, M. 2015. Doing probation work: views from the front line. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, University of Plymouth
  • Teague, M. 2014. Race and the Great Prison Nation. Equality and Diversity Law Conference, University of Derby
  • Teague, M. 2013. ‘Incarceration is Rehabilitation’: Prison & Probation in the USA. Social Futures Institute public seminar, Teesside University
  • Teague, M. 2007. Can Probation Survive? Twilight Lecture Series, Teesside University School of Social Sciences & Law
  • Teague, M. 2006. Cultural Change In Probation. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Teague, M. 2007. Madness, badness, punishment and retribution: the case of David Copeland, Behaving Badly? Offensive Behaviour and Crime Conference, Nottingham Trent University.


Recent publications