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Dr Tara Lai Quinlan

Position: Lecturer in Law and Diversity
Email Address: T.L.Quinlan@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6864
Room No: EF15B
Twitter ID: @QUINLANTL


Academic Profile


I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2015 as a Lecturer in Law and Diversity. My research and teaching focus on criminal justice, policing, terrorism, civil liberties, and social theory, and frequently involve comparative research between the United Kingdom and the United States. I completed my Doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015, where I examined the ways socio-political changes in late modernity shaped the policy development of post-9/11 counterterrorism policing in the United Kingdom and the United States.

I have been a member of the New York State Bar since 2005. I previously practiced law in New York City working in the areas of discrimination, inequality, criminal law, and public policy. My prior positions include serving as a Judicial Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as a Litigation Attorney at Outten & Golden LLP, and as General Counsel & Legislative Director to the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015
  • LLM (with Distinction), Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice, King’s College London, 2012
  • JD, Law, Northeastern University School of Law, 2001
  • BA, Rhetoric and American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Teaching and Learning

I thoroughly enjoy teaching, and endeavour to share my enthusiasm for the law and socio-legal research with my students. I believe that research-based teaching, as well as drawing on examples from contemporary issues students might read about in the news, can help further students’ understanding of key issues and concepts. My aim is to help students develop and enhance a broad array of substantive knowledge and transferable skills that will be of use both within the academy and beyond, including active learning, clear and well-organised writing, critical analysis, oral presentation, and good research skills.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Criminal Law and Justice Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Internet Crime
Race, Ethnicity and Criminal Justice

Research Interest

  • Police and Policing
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Countering violent extremism (CVE)
  • Civil Liberties
  • Regulation of Speech Online
  • Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System
  • Implicit Bias

I am a member of the Centre for Criminological Research

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Police and Policing
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Civil Liberties
  • Regulation of Speech Online
  • Disproportionality and the Criminal Justice System
  • Implicit Bias

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Quinlan, T. (2016),`To Fight Terrorism, Adhere to Our Democratic Values & The Rule of Law', Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series, Pittsfield: Massachusetts, 11 September.
  • Quinlan, T. (2015), ‘Comparative Post-9/11 Counterterrorism Policing and the State of Exception’, Understanding Conflict: Research, ideas and responses to security threats conference, University of Bath. Bath, United Kingdom, 8-11 June.
  • Quinlan, T. (2014), ‘Can the law sufficiently change disproportionate policing practices like stop and frisk, or is something more required?’, Law and Society Association Annual Conference. Minneapolis: Minnesota, 29-31 May.
  • Quinlan, T. (2014), ‘New York City’s Criminalisation of the Appropriation of Urban Public Space Through Graffiti’, American Society of Geographers Annual Conference. Tampa: Florida, 8-12 April.
  • Quinlan, T. (2013), ‘Crime Reduction Alternatives to Stop and Search’, British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton: United Kingdom, 3-4 July.

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description:

Project Evaluation of Data Sharing Pilot Programme

Awarding Body: South Yorkshire Police Service
People Involved: Dr Tara Lai Quinlan, Dr Matthew Bacon, Dr David Thompson
Dates: 2016-2017
Amount: £19,000
Title/Description:

On CampUS Placement Grant

Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
People Involved: Dr Tara Lai Quinlan
Dates: 2016-2017
Amount: £1,000
Title/Description:

LSE PhD Scholarship

Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science
People Involved: Dr Tara Lai Quinlan
Dates: 2012-2015
Amount: £84,000

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Steering Committee, Policing Network, British Society of Criminology
  • Member, British Society of Criminology
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Member, State Bar of New York
  • Member, United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Journal articles

  • Ramirez DA, Hoopes J & Quinlan T (2003) Defining Racial Profiling in a Post-September 11th World. American Criminal Law Review, 40(1), 1195-1233.

Chapters

  • Quinlan T & Derfoufi Z (2015) Counter-Terrorism Policing In Delsol R & Shiner M (Ed.), Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power Palgrave Macmillan
  • Quinlan T (2015) Targeted Policing of Muslim Communities and Its Unintended Consequences: A Case Study of the NYPD’s Post-9/11 Counter-terrorism Programme In Argomaniz J & Lynch O (Ed.), International Perspectives on Terrorist Victimisation: An Interdisciplinary Approach Palgrave Macmillan
  • Quinlan T, Spalek B & O'Rawe M (2013) The Socio-Political Contexts Affecting Police-Community Engagement in Northern Ireland, Britain and the United States, Preventing Ideological Violence Communities, Police and Case Studies of “Success” Palgrave Macmillan
  • Ramirez DA, Quinlan T, Malloy S & Shutt T (2013) Community Partnerships Thwart Terrorism, Preventing Ideological Violence Communities, Police and Case Studies of “Success” Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Quinlan T (2015) Discrimination and Security in Passenger Screening.

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