I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing and teach primarily on the Applied Criminology programme. I was awarded a first class honours degree in Criminology and Psychology by the University of Keele in 2001 and then spent several years working with homeless people in various supported housing schemes. I returned to Keele in 2005 with a ESRC 1+3 Studentship to undertake a Masters and Ph.D. in Criminology. I was awarded my Masters in Criminology and Research Methods with distinction in 2006 and completed my Ph.D in 2011. My thesis provided a Bourdiesian analysis of police reform in the county of Cheshire between 1790 and 1860. After this I held teaching posts at the University of Liverpool and Keele University before coming to Canterbury Christ Church University as a permanent lecturer. My current research focuses on prison history, prison heritage and offender life stories but I also have research interests in the history of policing, critical criminology, deaths in custody and the victimisation of vulnerable groups such as the homeless.
Research and knowledge exchange
My current research is based on the history of the former Canterbury Prison which was purchased by the University in 2013. The main focus of this is to produce a critical history which can be presented to the public through a number of mediums. I was awarded about £5,000 to run an intern project to gather data about the prison and to beging to develop life histories of some of the former prisoners. I am also working with the University to develop plans for a heritage centre at the former prison site.
I am currently supervising a PhD student working on prison officers' understanding of their working role within open prisons. I am happy to supervise students in the areas of prisons, policing, critical criminology and the history of crime and criminal justice.
I am a member of an Academic and Research Group which supports the work of the charity Inquest.
Teaching and subject expertise
I am currently Programme Director for the Ph.D. in Criminology and Research Lead for the Criminology team.
I have been Module Co-ordinator for a number of modules including Research Methods and the third year dissertation module. I lead two specialist third year modules: Prisons and Penality and Police Cultures and Society. My interest in technology enhanced learning is evident in my recent work to re-design our Research Methods module to incorporate a blended approach. I am also drawing on my research into prisoner life stories to introduce elements of research-led teaching to the programme in ways which actively engage students with ongoing research. I contribute to a range of undergraduate courses, including core criminology modules at all levels, as well as specialist options such as Victims and Victimology. I am involved in the delivery of the in-service BSc Policing programme, teaching on this at both undergraduate and postgraudate levels. I supervise for masters students within the School and contribute to courses such as the MSc by Research in Policing, the MA in Policing and Criminal Justice and the MSc in Policing with the Police Academy in the Netherlands.
I am team lead for the following areas: Research Activities and Postgraduate Study and Embedding Sustainability within the Curriculum. I have published on my work to incorporate sustainability within the Criminology programme.
Tennant, M. (2018) ‘The Tiger Cages of Con Dao: Some Observations’, paper to be presented at the A Poetics of Space: Images of Con Dao workshop, National Justice Museum, Nottingham, 24th Nov. 2018 – invited and funded presenter
Tennant, M. (2018) ‘The University and the Prison: A further update on constructing heritage at Canterbury’, paper presented at the Penal and Forensic Heritage workshop, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 17th October 2018 – invited and funded presenter
Tennant, M. (2018) ‘A Critical History of the Prison’, presented paper at the Prison Heritage at Con Son and Beyond workshop, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, 13th Sep. 2018 – invited and funded presenter
- Tennant, M. (2018) ‘The Pain of Others: Photographs, the Prison and Suffering;, paper to be presented at the Prison Photography Reframed: Object and Method Conference, Nottingham Trent University, 11 May 2018 – invited and funded presenter
- Tennant, M. (2018) ‘Prison History and the Ethics of Public Engagement’, paper to be presented at the Difficult Heritage Conference, York, 13th April 2018
- Tennant, M. (2018) ‘The Prison and the University: An update on constructing heritage at Canterbury’, paper to be presented at the CaP Network AGM, 16th March 2018 – invited and funded presenter
- Tennant, M. (2017) "There is a Crack in Everything; It's where the Light gets in": Some Reflections on the Challenges of Producing Ethical Prison Heritage, paper presented at the 'Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory' an AHRC/LABEX funded Symposium, University of Liverpool, 16th Sep. 2017
- Tennant, M. and Blackman, S. (2017) Challenging the Penal Present: Developing and Representing a Critical History of the Prison, paper presented at 'The Digial Panopticon: Crime and Punishment in Britain and its Penal Colonies, 1780-1925', University of Liverpool, 15th Sep, 2017
- Tennant, M. and Blackman, S. (2017) A Crtical History of the Prison: Using the Past to Challenge the Present, papers presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Sheffield, 'Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Perspectives', 7th
Publications and research outputs
Tennant, M., Mulhearn, R., Forsdick, C. and Godfrey, B. (2018) ‘Presenting and Interpreting Penal Heritage’, a briefing paper for the heritage industry published as a part of the Dark Tourism in Comparative Perspective: Sites of Suffering, Sites of Memory project funded by AHRC and LABEX.
Tennant, M. (2017) ‘Policing (20th Century)’ in Turner, J., Taylor, P., Corteen, K. and Morley, S. (eds) A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History, Polity Press: Bristol
Tennant, M. (2017) ‘New Police’ in Turner, J., Taylor, P., Corteen, K. and Morley, S. (eds) A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History, Polity Press: Bristol
Tennant, M. (201) ‘Nightwatchmen’ in Turner, J., Taylor, P., Corteen, K. and Morley, S. (eds) A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History, Polity Press: Bristol
Tennant, M. and Hallenberg, K. (2017) ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice Responses to the Whole Earth Exhibition: Linking Justice and Sustainability at Canterbury Christ Church University’ in Case, S., Manlow, D., Smith, R., Williams, K. and Johnson, P. (eds) Criminology, OpenUniversity Press: Milton Keynes
Tennant, M. and Hallenberg, K. (2016) 'Criminology Picks Up the Gauntlet: Responses to the Whole Earth Exhibition'. In Woodfield, K. (ed) Inspire – teaching and learning in the Social Sciences. HEA. Available online at: http://inspiringsocsci.pressbooks.com/chapter/criminology-picks-up-the-gauntlet-responses-to-the-whole-earth-exhibition/
Tennant, M. (2014) ‘Fields of Struggle: A Bourdieusian Analysis of Conflicts over Criminal Justice in England, c. 1820-50’ Social History, 39(1), 36-5