B Arts (Anthropology), M Education, PhD
Professor, Griffith School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Griffith Criminology Institute
Kathleen Daly is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University (Brisbane). She writes on gender, race, crime, and criminal justice; and on restorative, Indigenous, and transitional justice. Her recent work is on conventional and innovative justice responses to sexual and violent victimisation in different contexts of violence; and on redress, restoration, and reparation. Her recent book, Redressing Institutional Abuse of Children (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), which analysed major Australian and Canadian cases of historical institutional abuse, was awarded the Christine M. Alder Prize in 2015 from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Previously, her book, Gender, Crime, and Punishment (1994, Yale University Press), received the Michael J. Hindelang Award in 1995 from the American Society of Criminology.
During 1982 to 1995, she was an academic at the State University of New York-Albany, Yale University, and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She travelled to Australia in 1995 to study restorative justice as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and decided to stay. From 1998 to 2008, she received three Australian Research Council (ARC) grants as sole CI to direct a program of research on restorative justice and the race and gender politics of new justice practices in Australia. From 2008 to the present, she received four more ARC grants, three as sole CI and one as co-CI. These have supported studies on the application of restorative justice to youth sexual and physical offending and victimisation, the impact of Indigenous sentencing courts and Elders on Indigenous partner violence and defendants’ pathways to desistance, a comparative analysis of rape case attrition in five countries, international NGO campaigns against sexual victimisation, informal justice responses to sexual victimisation in Cambodia, civil society responses to genocide in the former Yugoslavia, and redress for historic institutional abuse. The empirical work is joined with theoretical analyses of feminism and criminology, reparation and restoration, and victims’ justice interests. She is engaged in research on victims’ experiences seeking financial assistance for sexual victimisation (with Research Fellow, Dr. Robyn Holder) and Indigenous partner violence and pathways to desistance (with Professor Elena Marchetti) and now expanding her research to a comparative analysis of redress for institutional abuse in 20 jurisdictions.
She is editor or author of 6 books and over 90 journal articles or book chapters. She was past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2005-09) and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2007 and the American Society of Criminology in 2014. She was given the Distinguished Criminologist Award by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology in 2015 (co-recipient with Professor Janet Chan). This award is for a lifetime of outstanding, significant, and sustained contribution to Australian and New Zealand criminology.