Dr Ana Morales-Gómez

School of Law

Lecturer in Criminology

Assistant Director of Centre for Criminological Research

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Dr Ana Morales-Gómez
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Ana joined the School of Law, University of Sheffield in February 2023. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR), working on a project aimed at understanding how underlying vulnerabilities contribute to a higher risk of victimisation and repeat victimisation. She also held a research post the University of Manchester and the UK Data Service, providing training and making data accessible for researchers.

With a background in Social Statistics and Quantitative Criminology, Ana’s research is interdisciplinary and draws from theoretical perspectives from Sociology, Criminology, Education, and Public Health. Her research has mostly focused on understanding inequalities in the Justice System and the impact on disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. She has researched issues in crime and inequalities, victimisation, re-offending and the wider impact of imprisonment in families and communities in Chile and the Global South.

Ana is a Co-Investigator on ‘Disproportionality: Exploring the Nature of Ethnic Disparities in Sentencing through Causal Inference’ research project and Principal Investigator of the Pilot Study ‘Understanding the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Chilean Prisons’ in collaboration with Gendarmería de Chile (Chilean Prison Service).

  • PhD in Social Statistics, University of Manchester
  • MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics, University of Manchester
  • Master in Public Policy, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy) and University of Deusto (Spain)
  • BA Sociology, Universidad de La Frontera (Chile)
Research interests
  • Criminal Career Through the Life Course
  • The Relationship Between ACEs and Antisocial Behaviour
  • Quantitative Criminology
  • Desistance From Crime
  • Prison Culture and Reintegration
  • Disparities in Sentencing

Journal articles



Title/Description: Disproportionality: Exploring the Nature of Ethnic Disparities in Sentencing through Causal Inference

  • Awarding Body: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • People Involved: Principal Investigator: Jose Pina-Sanchez, Co-Investigator: Dr Ana Morales-Gomez, Co-Investigator: Dr. Sara G. Geneletti and Dr. Eoin Guilfoyle
  • Years Funded for: August 2022 - July 2024
  • Amount: £295,880

Title/Description: Understanding the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Chilean Prisons: a pilot study

  • Awarding Body: CAHSS Challenge Investment Fund. University of Edinburgh
  • People Involved: Principal Investigator: Dr Ana Morales-Gomez
  • Years Funded for: August 2022 - January 2023
  • Amount: £3,750
Teaching interests
Teaching activities

UG teaching

  • Introduction to Criminological Research (convenor)
  • Criminology Research Project
  • Dissertation (BA Criminology)
  • Skills for Criminologists

PG teaching

  • Dissertation (International Criminology)
Professional activities and memberships

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research

  • Visiting Research Fellow in Criminology, University of Edinburgh
  • Honorary member of the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR)