Coretta Phillips is an Associate Professor (Reader). She joined the Department of Social Policy in September 2001. She is involved in teaching both Social Policy and Criminology in the department and is a member of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology.
Coretta's research interests lie in the field of race, ethnicity, crime and social policy. Currently, she is involved in a study with minority ethnic young people in London, including those involved in crime but not detected by the police, those deeply entrenched in the criminal justice system, and those uninvolved in crime at all. It is particularly interested in why some ethnic groups are easily caught up in the criminal justice system while others are not. Coretta's previous research in the UK has included work on culture and 'doorstep fraud', ethnicity and social relations in men's prisons, institutional racism, reflexivity, epistemology and minority perspectives in criminology, and the role of minority ethnic professional associations in the criminal justice field. Her recent research has been entirely qualitative using ethnographic methods, life history and semi-structured interviews, photo-elicitation, and narrative methods. Coretta welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students to work on topics and methods in her areas of interest.
Coretta's most recent book, The Multicultural Prison (2012) jointly won the Criminology Book Prize in 2013 and it was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed/British Sociological Association Award for Ethnography in 2014. Coretta has written reports and acted as a consultant for organisations such as the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Judicial Studies Board, Clinks, Howard League for Penal Reform, and the Metropolitan Black Police Association. She serves as an Editor for Oxford University Press' Clarendon Studies in Criminology, is on the editorial board of Race and Justice, and was previously on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology.
Coretta supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
Ethnicity and race, particularly in the criminal justice system, prisons, crime prevention, and modern slavery.