Chris A. Williams
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Biography <p><strong>Dr Chris A. Williams</strong><br /><br />(I&#39;m not to be confused with the&#39;A&#39;-less Professor Chris Williams at Cardiff University). I&#39;m a Senior Lecturer in History affiliated to the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history/policing/index.shtml"><u>International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice</u></a>; the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/icccr/index.php">International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research</a>and the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/researchcentres/crisp/">Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy</a>. I have an MA in Urban History from the University of Leicester, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, with the thesis topic&#39;Police and Crime in Sheffield, 1818-1873&#39;.</p><p>Currently I am also serving as the Arts Media Fellow for the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/about/open-educational-resources/what-we-do/open-media-unit">Open Media Unit</a>.</p><p>I am a member of the<a href="http://www.socialhistory.org.uk/" rel="nofollow"><u>Social History Society</u></a>, and of&nbsp;the<a href="http://capcollections.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow"><u>Crime and Punishment museums and archives network</u></a>.</p><h2>Broadcasting:</h2><p>Initiator of the BBC Radio 4 series&#39;The Things We Forgot To Remember&#39;</p><p>Academic consultant to:</p><ul><li>&#39;The Things We Forgot To Remember&#39; (series 1-3)</li><li>&#39;Wartime Farm&#39;</li><li>&#39;Andrew Marr&#39;s History of the World&#39;</li><li>&#39;Full Steam Ahead&#39;</li></ul>
Description <p><strong>Dr Chris A. Williams</strong><br /><br />(I&#39;m not to be confused with the&#39;A&#39;-less Professor Chris Williams at Cardiff University). I&#39;m a Senior Lecturer in History affiliated to the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history/policing/index.shtml"><u>International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice</u></a>; the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/icccr/index.php">International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research</a>and the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/researchcentres/crisp/">Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy</a>. I have an MA in Urban History from the University of Leicester, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, with the thesis topic&#39;Police and Crime in Sheffield, 1818-1873&#39;.</p><p>Currently I am also serving as the Arts Media Fellow for the<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/about/open-educational-resources/what-we-do/open-media-unit">Open Media Unit</a>.</p><p>I am a member of the<a href="http://www.socialhistory.org.uk/" rel="nofollow"><u>Social History Society</u></a>, and of&nbsp;the<a href="http://capcollections.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow"><u>Crime and Punishment museums and archives network</u></a>.</p><h2>Broadcasting:</h2><p>Initiator of the BBC Radio 4 series&#39;The Things We Forgot To Remember&#39;</p><p>Academic consultant to:</p><ul><li>&#39;The Things We Forgot To Remember&#39; (series 1-3)</li><li>&#39;Wartime Farm&#39;</li><li>&#39;Andrew Marr&#39;s History of the World&#39;</li><li>&#39;Full Steam Ahead&#39;</li></ul>
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Research overview <ul><li>All aspects of the history of crime and policing since about 1750, especially concerning British and British colonial police.</li><li>The preservation of the records of British police forces.</li><li>The public history of criminal justice in the UK and beyond.</li><li>The relationship between history and memory.</li><li>The globalisation of policing practice (see<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/copp/"><u>COPP network</u></a>).</li><li>The history of the control room (<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history/cw-online-resources.shtml"><u>lecture here</u></a>).</li><li>Public history, particularly as it relates to methods of communicating&nbsp;historical knowledge&nbsp;via broadcasting.</li></ul><h2>Research students</h2><p>I&nbsp;&nbsp;am an experienced supervisor and examiner of research projects at Masters and Doctoral level, but I am unlikely to be able to commit to taking on any more new doctoral students for entry in 2016.</p><p>I have successfully supervised doctoral students working on the following topics at the OU:</p><ul><li>&#39;British Government Responses to Terrorism, 1865-1975&#39;</li><li>&#39;County Police Chief Constables, 1857-1914&#39;</li><li>&#39;The Public History of the UK Criminal Justice System&#39;</li><li>&#39;Narrative verdicts and deaths after police contact, 2001-2011&#39;</li></ul><p>I am currently supervising doctoral students working on the following topics at the OU:</p><ul><li>&#39;Employment and Publicity of corporal and Capital Punishment in the Civil and Military Communities of Britain from 1750 onwards&#39;</li><li>&#39;From Constables to Constabulary: Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth Century systems of policing in Hertfordshire&#39;</li><li>&#39;Popular Representations of Crime: the&#39;Illustrated Police News&#39;, 1867-1938&#39;</li><li>&#39;Behind the front line: Non-confrontational responses to youth crime from the Manchester and Salford city police forces 1933-1963&#39;</li><li>&#39;The material culture of police archives&#39;<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><h2>Publications:</h2><h3>Books</h3><p><em>Police control systems in Britain, 1775-1975: From parish constable to national computer</em>Manchester University Press, 2014.</p><p><em>Police and Policing in the Twentieth Century</em>(Ashgate: Abingdon: 2010) [editor] Vol.3 of<em>History of Policing.</em></p><p>(with B. Godfrey and P. Lawrence)<em>History and Crime</em>(Sage: London, 2007).</p><p><em>Giving the Past a Future: Preserving the Heritage of the UK&#39;s Criminal Justice System</em>(Francis Boutle: London, 2004) [edited collection].</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Articles</h3><p>&#39;Police Governance - Community, Policing, and Justice in the modern UK&#39; in<em>Taiwan in Comparative Perspective</em>, Vol. 3, 2010, pp. 50-65 [<a href="http://www.lse.ac.uk/asiaResearchCentre/countries/taiwan/TaiwanProgramme/Journal/volume2.aspx" rel="nofollow" title="'Police Governance - Community, Policing, and Justice in the modern UK'"><u>Read this online</u></a>]</p><p>&#39;British Policing in the Twentieth Century&#39;, introduction to C.A.Williams (ed)<em>Police and Policing in the Twentieth Century</em>(Ashgate: Aldershot: 2010) [978-0-7546-2954-2] Vol.3 of<em>History of Policing</em>.</p><p>&#39;Policing the Populace: The Road to Professionalisation&#39; in David Nash and Anne-Marie Kilday (eds)<em>Histories of Crime: Britain 1600-2000</em>(Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2010). [978-0-230-22469-8] pp. 160-179.</p><p>&#39;What&#39;s a&#39;back office&#39;<em>for</em>? The case of policing&#39;<em>History and Policy</em>, June 2010 [<a href="http://www.historyandpolicy.org/opinion/opinion_49.html" rel="nofollow" title="What's a 'back office' for? ..."><u>Read this online</u></a>]</p><p>&nbsp;&#39;Labelling and Tracking the Criminal in Mid-Nineteenth Century England and Wales: The Relationship between Governmental and Creating Official Numbers&#39; in Ann Rudinow S&aelig;tnan, Heidi Mork Lomell, and Svein Hammer (eds)<em>The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society</em>(Routledge: Abingdon,&nbsp;&#39;2011&#39;), [978-0-415-87370-3] pp. 157-171.</p><p>&#39;Police filming English streets in 1935: the limits of mediated identification&#39;<em>Surveillance and Society</em>6.1 (2009) 3-9.<br />[<a href="http://www.surveillance-and-society.org/ojs/index.php/journal/article/view/mediated/mediated" rel="nofollow" title="Police filming English streets in 1935 ..."><u>Read this online</u></a>]</p><p>&#39;Ideologies, structures, and contingencies: writing the history of British criminal justice since 1975&#39;<em>Revue Fran&ccedil;aise de Civilisation Britannique</em>, 14.4 (2008) 59 - 84.</p><p>&#39;Constables for hire: the history of private&#39;public&#39; policing in the UK&#39;,<em>Policing and Society</em>, 18.2, (2008) 190&mdash; 205.</p><p>&#39;How it actually was&#39;? A historian responds to&#39;On Historical Contextualisation&#39;<em>Crimes and Misdemeanours: Deviance and the Law in Historical Perspective</em>Vol. 1, No 2, (2007)<br />[<a href="http://www.pbs.plymouth.ac.uk/solon/journal/issue%201.2/Debate%20Forum.pdf" rel="nofollow" title="'How it actually was'? ..."><u>Read this as a PDF</u></a>]</p><p>(with Georgina Sinclair)&lsquo;Home and Away&#39;; the Cross Fertilisation between&lsquo;Colonial&#39; and&lsquo;British&#39; Policing, 1921-1985&#39;<em>Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History</em>, 35.2 (2007) 221 - 238.</p><p>&#39;Rotten boroughs? How the towns of England and Wales lost their police forces in 1964.&#39; in J. Moore and J.B. Smith (eds)<em>Urban Corruption</em>(Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007).</p><p><em>&#39;I am not on the beat now, the New Police have come there.&#39;&ndash; Using the Old Bailey Online to study the changing enforcers of the law in London, 1730-1834.</em>Internet symposium on the Old Bailey database - February 12, 2006.<br />[<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history/obp-policing.htm" title="'I am not on the beat now, the New Police have come there.'..."><u>Read this online</u></a>]</p><p>&#39;Police and the Law&#39; in S. Berger (ed.)<em>Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth Century Europe</em>(Oxford, Blackwell, 2006).</p><p>(with Clive Emsley)&#39;Beware of the Leopard?: Police archives in Great Britain&#39; in M. Proctor (ed.)<em>Political Pressure and the Archival Record</em>(Chicago, Society of American Archivists, 2006).</p><p>&#39;The Sheffield Democrats&#39; critique of criminal justice in the 1850s&#39; in R. Colls and R. Rodger (eds)<em>Cities of Ideas: Civil Society and Urban Governance in Britain 1800-2000</em>(Ashgate, Aldershot, 2004).</p><p>&#39;Cat&eacute;gorisation et stigmatisation polici&egrave;res&agrave; Sheffield au milieu du XIXe si&egrave;cle&#39;<em>Revue d&#39;Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine</em>50.1 (2003) 104&ndash; 125. [Read an English version of this online]</p><p>&#39;Britain&#39;s police forces: forever removed from democratic control?&#39; in<em>History and Policy</em>, Dec 1st, 2003. [<a href="http://www.historyandpolicy.org/archive/policy-paper-16.html" rel="nofollow"><u>http://www.historyandpolicy.org/archive/policy-paper-16.html</u></a>]</p><p>&#39;Police surveillance and the emergence of CCTV in the 1960s&#39; in M. Gill (ed.)<em>CCTV in Perspective</em>(Perpetuity Press, Leicester, 2003).</p><p>&#39;Police surveillance and the emergence of CCTV in the 1960s&#39; in<em>Crime Prevention and Community Safety</em>5.3 (2003) 27-38.</p><p>&#39;Counting crimes or counting people: some implications of mid-nineteenth century British police returns&#39; in<em>Crime, Histoire&amp; Soci&eacute;t&eacute;s/Crime, History&amp; Societies</em>. 4.2 (2000), 77-93.</p><p>&#39;Expediency, authority and duplicity: reforming Sheffield&#39;s police 1832 - 1840&#39; in R. Trainor and R. Morris (eds) U<em>rban Governance: Britain and Beyond since 1750</em>. (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2000), pp. 115-127</p><p>Follow this link for<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history/cw-online-resources.shtml"><u>podcasts and research papers in progress</u></a>.</p>
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