- Law Department, London School of Economics
Meredith Rossner is criminologist and sociologist whose research interests include emotions and interactions in criminal justice, criminology theory, restorative justice, and lay participation in justice.
Meredith Rossner is an associate professor of criminology in the law department and the co-director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology. Before joining the LSE, she was a research fellow at the University of Western Sydney. She holds a PhD in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include emotions and interactions in criminal justice, criminology theory, restorative justice, and lay participation in justice. She is editor of LSE Law Policy Briefing Papers.
Dr. Rossner’s research interests focus on the intersection of social interaction and judicial processes. This has led to a number of research projects on the emotional and ritual elements of the justice process, with a particular focus on the role of lay people. She has conducted research on the emotional dynamics of restorative justice conferences, the dynamics and democratic potential of jury deliberation, and how design and technology impact justice proceedings.
- Rossner, M. (2013) Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice. London: Oxford University Press
Description: Even as restorative justice has captured the attention of justice practitioners, academics and communities worldwide and most research suggests that it has the potential to repair the harm of a criminal offence and reduce offending, there is also evidence that it can have no effect or even make things worse. Just Emotions: Rituals of Restorative Justice attempts to address these conflicting findings by analyzing how conferences work as a unique form of justice ritual.
With a pioneering new approach to the micro-level study of the processes and emotions involved in successful conferences, this book offers clues on how to improve the practice and increase successful outcomes. Using an eclectic methodological approach, the author presents a model that adapts Goffman’s and Collins’ ideas about the interaction ritual chain by focusing on participants’ emotions, emotional turning points, and the emergence of rhythm and solidarity between participants. The approach involves a contrasting systematic empirical program, including a combination of qualitative interviews, detailed observations of discourse, face and demeanour, and quantitative analysis of systematically observed conferences, in order to improve the capacity of facilitators and practitioners to produce successful outcomes.
- ‘Trajectories and typologies of pre-sentence restorative justice rituals’ Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (published online, February 2018) (with Jasmine Bruce)
- ‘The dock on trial: courtroom design and the presumption of innocence’ Journal of Law and Society (2017) 44 (3). pp. 317-344 (with David Tait, Blake McKimmie and Rick Sarre)
- ‘Restorative Justice in the 21st Century: making emotions mainstream. In A. Liebling, L. McAra, S. Maruna (ed) Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 6th Edition (2017)
- ‘The Victim in Restorative Justice: directions and developemnts’. In S. Walklate, Routledge Handbook of Victims and Victimology, 2nd ed. (2017)
- ‘Making Sense of the Evidence: Jury Deliberation and Common Sense’ In D. Tait and J. Goodman-Delahunty. Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror. London: Palgrave-McMillan (2016) (with David Tait)
- ‘How Juries Talked About Visual Evidence’. In D. Tait and J. Goodman-Delahunty. Juries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror.London: Palgrave-McMillan (2016) (with David Battye)
- ‘Tablets in the Jury Room: Enhancing Performance while Undermining Fairness?’ In Karim Benyekhlef, Jane Bailey, Jacquelyn Burkell, Fabien Gélinas, Access to Justice, Univesity of Ottowa Press (2016) (with David Tait)
- ‘In the Dock: The Placement of the Accused at Court and the Right to a Fair Trial’ LSE Law – Policy Briefing Paper No. 18 (2016)
- ‘Community Participation in Restorative Justice: Rituals, Reintegration, and Quasi-Professionalization’ Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice (2016) (with Jasmine Bruce)
- ‘Twelve experiments in restorative justice: the Jerry Lee program of randomized trials of restorative justice conferences’Journal of Experimental Criminology (2015) pp.1-40 (with Lawrence W. Sherman , Heather Strang, Geoffrey Barnes, Daniel J. Woods, Sarah Bennett, Nova Inkpen, Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Caroline Angel, Malcolm Mearns, Molly Slothowe)
- ‘Digital evidence in the jury room: the impact of mobile technology on the jury’ (2015) Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 27 (2). ISSN 1034-5329 (with Laura W. McDonald, David Tait, Karen Gelb, Blake M. McKimmie)
- ‘Emotions, rituals and restorative justice’. ECAN bulletin (25). pp. 15-19.
- ‘Students vs. Jurors: Responding to Enhanced Video Technology’ Laws 2014, 3(3), 618-635
- ‘Emotions in Ritual Theories’ Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions: Volume II, Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research 2014, pp 199-220
- ‘Restorative Justice, Emotions, and Adults’ in Bolitho, J., Bruce, J., and Mason, G. (eds) Restorative Justice and Adult Offending. Sydney: University of Sydney Institute of Criminology Monograph Series (2012)
- ‘Contested Emotions: Adversarial Rituals in Non adversarial Justice Procedures.’ Monash University Law Review (2011) 37(1) pp.241-258 (with D. Tait)
- ‘Emotions and Interaction Ritual: A Micro-Analysis of Restorative Justice’British Journal of Criminology (2011) 51 pp.95-119