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Madhumita Pandey

Dr. Madhumita Pandey PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), FHEA

Lecturer in Criminology


Madhumita joined Sheffield Hallam University in June 2018 as a Lecturer in Criminology. Prior to this, she was working as an Associate Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University. Her doctoral research explored gender socialization and perceptions of culpability in the narratives of convicted violent offenders from Delhi prison. This groundbreaking research was one of the first studies of its kind in India to examine perspectives of convicted rapists and garnered much attention internationally. She is currently engaged in teaching, research and scholarly publications in the field of Criminology.

PhD Criminology – Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

MSc Clinical Psychology – Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom

BA(Hons) Psychology – University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

PGCertHE – Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University (ongoing)

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Madhumita is teaching on undergraduate modules within the Department of Law and Criminology.

  • Research

    Madhumita’s broad area of interest is qualitative research on violence against women. Further specialisms lie in sexual violence and sexual offending. She is currently involved in Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice’s project on gender-based violence with a focus on trafficking, modern slavery and human rights in India. For more information on this project, please visit the IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WOMEN & GIRLS IN INDIA blog.

  • Publications

    Pandey, M. (2018). Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora. Contemporary South Asia. doi-10.1080/09584935.2018.1473122 (Book Review)

    Pandey, M (2016) Sex Slavery in India: Unpacking the Stories of Trafficking Victims. Sociology Study, 6 (10). pp. 629-638. doi: 10.17265/2159‐5526/2016.10.002

    Pandey, M (2015). Repatriation Manual for Trafficked Victims in the United Kingdom. The Medaille Trust.

    Pandey, Madhumita (2017) Understanding Gender Socialization: Interviews with Convicted Prisoners from New Delhi. In: British Society of Criminology Conference. Forging Social Justice- Local Challenges, Global Complexities, 4-7 July, 2017, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

    Pandey, Madhumita (2016) Sex Slavery in India: Exploring Narratives of Trafficked Women through the Victimological Paradigm. In: XVIII World Congress of Criminology, hosted by International Society of Criminology (ISC). 15-19 December, 2016, New Delhi, India.

    Pandey, Madhumita and Lundrigan, Samantha and Moore, Colleen (2016) Excuses, Justifications and Blame in the Offence Narratives of Convicted Rapists in India. In: 72nd Annual Conference of American Society of Criminology, 16-19 November 2016, New Orleans, USA.

    Pandey, Madhumita (2016) Understanding Masculinity Ideology in Convicted Rapists. In: International Symposium on Education, Psychology and Society (ISEPST), 29-31 March, 2016, Kyoto, Japan.

  • Other activities

    Madhumita worked as a consultant psychologist on the highly acclaimed BBC documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, based on the brutal 2012 Delhi gang rape case. She also writes articles on a wide range of pressing psychological and criminology issues for The Sunday Guardian newspaper (in print and online).

    Madhumita has also given various guest lectures. She was invited to the Indian National Police Academy in Hyderabad to deliver a session on her research with convicted rapists to senior police officers as a part of a 5-day special training on crimes against women (2018).

    She delivered a guest lecture on the lack of research on sex offenders in India to the Department of Anthropology at University of Delhi (2017). She presented a session on sex trafficking in India to the post-graduate students of MA Organized Crime at Anglia Ruskin University (2015). She was invited to conduct a two-day seminar on “Internet Addiction: A new emerging clinical disorder? At Vignan International School and University Hyderabad, India (2015).

  • Media

    Madhumita’s article for The Conversation garnered over 197,000 reads and was republished by Yahoo UK news, The Wire, International Business Times, Business Standard, World News, The Quartz and CNN News 18. This can be found at
    Madhumita was invited by France24 international news channel to discuss her research on their show called 51percent, which is a programme about women who are reshaping the world. 

    Watch her interview at

    Madhumita has been frequently invited to talk about her research on the radio with the BBC World Service, BBC Asia Network, KCBS San Francisco and WNYC Radio- New York.

    Madhumita’s work has been widely published by international media. Her various interviews and research coverage can be found below–

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    De Morgan (Flemmish Newspaper, Belgium)

    De Volkskrant (Dutch Daily Newspaper)

    OPZIJ (Dutch feminist monthly magazine)


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