Dr Henry Yeomans

Dr Henry Yeomans


I am Associate Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I hold a BA honours degree in History and Sociology and have completed an MA in Sociology as well as an MSc in Social Research. I was awarded my PhD by the University of Plymouth in 2012. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I began working at the University of Leeds in 2011 and have taught on a range of modules. I am currently acting as Director of Postgraduate Research Studies in the School of Law. I was Programme Manager for the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology from 2016-2019 and have also fulfilled several other adminstrative roles, such as Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies.

I am an active inter-disciplinary researcher and routinely use insights and methods from criminology, history, sociology, law and other subjects in my own research. I was awarded the Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence in 2012 and the Socio-Legal Studies Association’s Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize in 2015. I am an experienced PhD supervisor and currently supervise three students.


  • Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Research interests

My research focuses on the manner through which certain forms of behaviour come to be understood as problematic and the various means, legal or otherwise, through which attempts are made to regulate these 'problem' behaviours. Much of my work to date has investigated these processes historically and in reference to alcohol. I have consistently sought to explain how contemporary forms of alcohol regulation have come into being historically - including licensing, taxation, 'moderate' drinking guidelines and temporary sobriety initiatives such as Dry January. I am also interested in historical approaches to social science generally and am currently assessing the contributions that these can make to criminology. More broadly, my research engages with notions of deviance, moral panics, moral regulation and risk.

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  • PhD
  • MSc Social Research
  • MA Sociology
  • BA (hons) History and Sociology

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I teach across several undergraduate modules including Crime, Law and Social Change (LAW3172) and the undergraduate dissertation module (LAW3035).

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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