Dr Richard Ward


Research Associate






Richard is a Research Associate on the Digital Panopticon project, along with his colleague Dr Lucy Williams at the University of Liverpool.

Richard completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Sheffield in 2011. His research interests are in the history of crime and justice in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, particularly penal practices and the interaction between print culture, public opinion and criminal justice. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Leicester on a Wellcome Trust funded project, Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse.

In 2012 he was awarded the Herman Diederiks Prize by the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice for his article ‘Print Culture, Moral Panic, and the Administration of the Law: The London Crime Wave of 1744′, published in the journal Crime, History & Societies.

Richard’s first monograph, Print Culture, Crime and Justice in Eighteenth-Century London, is forthcoming in 2014 with Bloomsbury. It will provide the first detailed study of crime reporting across a range of eighteenth-century publications (including newspapers, the Old Bailey Proceedings, Ordinary’s Accounts and graphic prints) to explore the influence of print upon contemporary perceptions of crime and upon the making of the law and its administration in the metropolis.