Dr Ciara Molloy (she/her)

School of Law

Lecturer in Criminology

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Dr Ciara Molloy
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Ciara’s work lies at the intersection of the criminological and the historical, and her research interests include (though are not limited to) the history of sexual violence, victimology, policing and youth subcultures.

She joined the School of Law in August 2023. Before coming to Sheffield, she worked as Service Coordinator for the Crime Victims Helpline, an independent charity in Ireland which provides information and emotional support for victims of crime. As part of her role with the Crime Victims Helpline she worked as lead researcher for the Republic of Ireland on the BeneVict project. Spearheaded by Victim Support Europe and co-funded by the EU, this project examined the implementation of the Victims’ Rights Directive throughout EU member states.

She completed her PhD in University College Dublin, where she held an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship and a Sutherland School of Law Doctoral Scholarship. She is currently working on a monograph based on her PhD research which examines representations of Irish youth subcultures from the 1950s to the present.

Alongside Dr Richard McMahon she is co-editor of the Studies in Irish Crime History book series published by Cork University Press. Since February 2022 she has also acted as the Social Media Coordinator for the British Society of Criminology Historical Criminology Network (#HCNet).

  • PhD Criminology, University College Dublin (2022)
  • MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, University College Dublin (2018)
  • BA History and Political Science, Trinity College Dublin (2017)
Research interests
  • The intersection of crime and culture
  • Experiences and treatment of victims of crime
  • The history of sexual violence
  • Vigilantism and its relationship with the state

Journal articles


Title/Description: The hibernian hall of mirrors: Images of youth deviance in the Irish Republic, 1945-1985.

  • Awarding Body: Irish Research Council (Postgraduate Scholarship)
  • People Involved: PI: Ciara Molloy Mentor: Ian O'Donnell (UCD)
  • Years Funded for: September 2019 - September 2022
Teaching interests

Ciara teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate criminology modules in the School of Law.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate modules 

  • Criminal Process
  • Race, Gender and Crime
  • Responding to Crime; Punishment and Penal Policy
  • Restorative Justice

Postgraduate module

  • Methods of Criminological Research
Professional activities and memberships

A Member of the Centre for Criminological Research