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 teach and research in the areas of criminology and criminal and penal justice. I have published work on the probation and prison systems in both England and America.

I am the Chair of the College Research Committee.

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, both in England and in the USA.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach in the areas criminology and criminal and penal justice. I have particular interests in penology, imprisonment, probation, and comparative criminal justice. I am the Programme Leader for the MSc in Criminal Justice and Criminology, which aims to respond to the complex challenges that crime poses for contemporary society.

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, including work in bail assessment, work with sex offenders and with life sentenced prisoners, 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. I have substantial experience of working in partnership with criminal justice organisations, and of engaging with diverse stakeholders.

Research interests

My research interests are primarily focused on probation, imprisonment, the politics of criminal and community justice, comparative criminology and the American justice and penal systems. The impact of neoliberalism on social and penal justice is also a focus for my research.

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. I have presented my research to international academic audiences, including in America and in South East Asia.

Membership of professional bodies


  • BA (Hons) Politics: University of Strathclyde
  • PG Dip Russian: University of Strathclyde
  • Dip. Advanced Russian: Institut Imenyi Pushkina, Moscow
  • MSc App. Social Science: University of Oxford
  • CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work): Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work
  • PhD in Criminology: Teesside University

Recent conferences

  • Teague, M. 2018. American Probation: Attitudes to Firearms in a Culture of Rehabilitation. Asian Criminological Society, Penang, Malaysia.
  • 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, 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. Madness, badness, punishment and retribution: the case of David Copeland, Behaving Badly? Offensive Behaviour and Crime Conference, Nottingham Trent University
  • Teague, M. 2006. Cultural Change In Probation. British Society of Criminology, Glasgow Caledonian University

In the media

I have been interviewed by national publications, including the Guardian, the Financial Times, and the Custodial Review on the topics of probation, imprisonment and penal and social justice. My written evidence on the future of the prison population has been published on the House of Commons website.

Recent publications