Dr Michael Teague

Michael Teague

Position: Senior Lecturer in Criminology

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Criminology

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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

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the British Journal of Community Justice
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Probation Journal.


  • 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 publications

  • Teague, M. 2016. "Mass incarceration: the juggernaut of American penal expansionism" Prison Service Journal (forthcoming) (227):38-44
  • Teague, M. 2016. "Profiting from the poor: offender-funded probation in the USA". British Journal of Community Justice 14(1):99-111
  • Teague, M. 2016. "Probation, people and profits: the impact of neoliberalism." British Journal of Community Justice 14(1):133-138
  • Burke, L., Teague, M., Ward, D., and Worrall, A. 2016. "Probation occupational cultures for the future?" British Journal of Community Justice 14(1):29-48
  • Senior, P., Ward, D., Burke, L., Knight, C., Teague, M., et al. 2016. "The essence of probation"British Journal of Community Justice 14 (1):9-27
  • Teague, M. 2014. "Recidivism." in A companion to criminal justice, mental health and risk, edited by Paul Taylor, Karen Corteen, and Morley Sharon. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Teague, M. 2013. "Rehabilitation, punishment and profit: The dismantling of public-sector probation." British Society of Criminology Newsletter (72):15-19.
  • Teague, M. 2012. "Neoliberalism, Prisons and Probation in the USA and England and Wales." Pp. 44-80 in Organising Neoliberalism: Markets, Privatisation and Justice, edited by Philip Whitehead and Paul Crawshaw. London: Anthem.
  • Teague, M. 2012. "Privatising Criminal Justice: A Step Too Far?" Pp. 41-45 in Delivering Justice: The role of the public, private and voluntary sectors in prisons and probation, edited by Vicki  Helyar-Cardwell. London: Criminal Justice Alliance.
  • Teague, M. 2011. "Probation in America: Armed, private and unaffordable?" Probation Journal 58(4):317-32.
  • Teague, M. 2009. "Barack Obama: changing American criminal justice?" Criminal Justice Matters 78(1):4-5.
  • Teague, M. 2008. "America: The Great Prison Nation." Prison Service Journal (176):9-14.
  • Teague, M. 2008. "Key Influences: Hilary Walker and Bill Beaumont." in Moments In Probation, edited by Paul Senior. Crayford: Shaw and Sons.
  • Teague, M. 2008. "Memories Of Working In Brixton." in Moments in Probation, edited by Paul Senior. Crayford: Shaw and Sons.
  • Teague, M. 2007. "Developing Ethnographic Research On Probation." British Journal of Community Justice 5(2):97-107.

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.

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