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Judith Gardom

Judith Gardom

Ph.D Student


Judith holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Education (with Distinction) from the University of Cambridge. She has many years' experience in education and educational research in the UK, Zimbabwe and Turkey, in Philosophy, Religion and English Literature. Her Masters dissertation, The significance of 'Recognition' in the life narratives of ex-offenders and former addicts in Higher Education', an ethnographic study at an educational project in South London', using life-narrative interviews, was supervised by Dr Philip Gardner. 



PhD student at the University Of Cambridge Institute Of Criminology from 2015

Supervised by Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe and Professor Alison Liebling

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Working thesis title: 

The role and meaning of reading for pleasure in two Category C men’s prisons in the East of England. 

University of Cambridge Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Student


Research Interests

Reading in Prison, Books in Prison, Reader-Response Theory, Recognition Theory, Prisoner Education, Literacy as Capability, Virtue Ethics, Prison Ethnography, Narrative Research.