Professor David Gurnham

Professor David Gurnham

Prof of Criminal Law & Int Legal Studies

Research interests

  • Gurnham's research and teaching reflect a primary interest in interdisciplinary approaches to law, through humanities and the arts. 

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Gurnham has published two monographs (Gurnham, D. Memory, Imagination, Justice: Intersections of law and literature, Ashgate 2009; Gurnham, D. Crime, Desire and Law’s Unconscious: Law, Literature, Culture, Routledge 2014), as well as several peer-reviewed articles in international journals and chapter contributions, establishing a strong reputation and track record as a scholar of law, literature and culture and well as in criminal law. Gurnham has been co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Law and Humanities (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) with Professor Gary Watt (Warwick Law School) since 2017, and co-hosts the annual Law and Humanities summer Roundtable. He has also edited special issues in leading journals in both the UK (Journal of Law and Society, 2016; International Journal of Law in Context, 2022) and the United States (New Criminal Law Review, 2014 -with Imogen Jones). Gurnham is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Law in Context and more recently the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities at the Edinburgh University Press. Gurnham teaches the modules Criminal Law (LLB1) and Crime in Law, Literature and Culture (LLB3) at Southampton Law School, where he was Deputy Head of School (Research) from 2016 to 2019.