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Dr Charlotte Herriott

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Criminology , Policing
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Charlotte is a Lecturer in Criminology and Policing, and Course Leader for ARU's MA Criminology. Her current research interests relate to sexual violence, particularly criminal justice responses, and sexual violence within the UK armed forces.

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Charlotte joined the criminology team at ARU in 2021, following three years as a postgraduate research student at ARU, on a Vice Chancellor’s PhD studentship.

Charlotte’s PhD was the first research in England and Wales to examine the impact of sexual history evidence on mock jury deliberations in rape trials. It identifies the ongoing prejudicial nature of this evidence at trial, and highlights the need for criminal justice reform.

Charlotte is also currently working with colleagues within ARU’s Veterans and Families Institute, examining the service justice system response to sexual offending, and exploring military specific factors which may complicate responses to sexual offending.

Charlotte teaches on a variety of modules across the criminology programme, focusing mainly on areas of violence, sexual violence and the criminal justice system.

Research interests
  • Sexual Violence
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Rape Trials
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Jury decision making
  • Sexual Violence in the Military
  • Feminist Criminology
Areas of research supervision
  • Sexual violence
  • Criminal justice response to sexual offending
  • Service justice response to sexual offending

Charlotte currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Violence in Context (Level 7)
  • Postgraduate Major Project (Level 7)
  • Exploitation, Trafficking, and Sexual Violence (Level 6)
  • Violence, Gender, and Victimisation (Level 5)
  • PhD Criminology, Anglia Ruskin University [pass with no corrections]
  • MA Women and Child Abuse, CWASU, London Metropolitan University
  • LLB Law, University of Sheffield
  • Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Memberships, editorial boards
  • British Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
Selected recent publications

Herriott, C. (2023, in press) Sexual History Evidence: Is the Jury Out? Routledge.

Herriott, C., Wood, A., Gillin, N., Fossey, M. and Godier-McBard, L. (2023, in press) Sexual offences committed by members of the Armed Forces: Is the service justice system fit for purpose? Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Herriott, C. (2022) Researching Rape Trials using Online Mock Jury Simulations, SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Herriott, C. (2022) Mock Jury Simulations: Adapting to Online Methodologies, SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online.

Smith, O., Daly, E., Herriott, C., and Willmott, D (2021) State Compensation as Rape Justice: Are Public Attitudes a Legitimate Foundation for Reform of the UK’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme? Journal of Gender-Based Violence. ISSN 2398-6816.

Smith, O., Daly, E. and Herriott, C. (2019). Sexual Offences and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme: Research Briefing. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16776.67844/1.

Recent presentations and conferences

Herriott, C. (2022) “Maybe there was mixed messages:” Rape Myth Endorsement and Victim Blame amongst 21st Century Jurors. Presented at: Colloquium on The Jury System, 9 August 2022. University of Glasgow.

Herriott, C. and Daly, E. (2022) Rape Complainant’s Sexual Behaviour: New evidence of the utility of section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act (1999). Presented at: Socio-Legal Scholars Association Conference 2022, 8 April 2022. University of York.

Herriott, C. and Godier-McBard, L. (2022) Reporting Sexual Offences through the UK Service Justice System: Should rape during military service be tried in the civilian courts? Presented at: PIER Research Seminar Series, 9 March 2022. Online.

Herriott, C. (2022) "Is the Jury out on Sexual History: Assessing the Impact of Sexual History Evidence on Mock Jury Deliberations in Rape Trials." Presented at: PIER Research Seminar Series, 9 February 2022. Online.

Herriott, C. (2021) Rethinking Mock Jury Methodology in Response to Covid-19, Presented at: Social Science, Business and Law Conference at ARU, 23 June 2021, Online.

Herriott, C. (2021) Is the Jury out on Sexual History Evidence? Presented at: Socio-Legal Scholars Association Conference 2021, 30 March 2021, Online.

Herriott, C. (2021) Rape Trials, Sexual History Evidence and [Mock] Juror Deliberations, Guest Lecture, Sheffield Hallam University, Online.

Herriott, C. (2020) Is the Jury Out on Sexual History? Assessing the Impact of Sexual History Evidence on Mock Jury Deliberations: Initial Findings, Presented at: ARU 14th Annual Postgraduate Researcher Conference, 29 June 2020, Online. Winner of Oral Presentation Prize.

Herriott, C. (2020) Mock Jury Deliberations in Rape Trials: The Content and Dynamics of the Deliberation Process, Presented at: AHSS Chain Reaction Faculty Research Conference, 25 June 2020, Online.

Herriott, C. (2019) Attack as the Best Form of Defence? Rape Myth Construction in the Adversarial Criminal Justice System, Poster Presented at: British Society of Criminology Conference, 2 July 2019, Lincoln, England. Winner of the BSC Postgraduate Research Poster Prize 2019.

Herriott, C. (2019) Rape Myth Narratives in the Adversarial Criminal Justice System of England and Wales, Poster Presented at: Anglia Ruskin University 13th Annual Research Student Conference, 11 July 2019, Chelmsford, England. Winner of Research Poster Prize.