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Dr David Santos Fonseca
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Criminology, Law
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Phd in Sociology (New York University)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


David Fonseca holds a PhD in sociology from New York University (USA), a LL M from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and a LL B from UFMG (Brazil). Before coming to QUT School of Justice, he was an Assistant Law Professor, teaching Criminal Law and Criminology in UFG (Brazil). Bringing together both a sociological and a legal background, his work adopts a socio-legal approach to criminal justice and investigates recent developments in punishment and crime control. In his previous research, he analysed the modernization process of the Brazilian society and its close relationship to patterns of punishment and social control, mostly in relation to the recent emergence of mass incarceration and high-crime rates in the country. Currently, he aims to broaden the scope of his research and engage in comparative work with the analysis of crime and incarceration trends in other postcolonial societies.

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JSB 176 – Criminal Law in Context

JSB 272 – Theories of Crime

JSB 207 – Punishment and Penal Policy

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