Department of Criminology, Economics and Sociology

Piers Beirne, Ph.D.

Prickly Pear Cactus in Nevada desert

Office Location

212 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Summer 2017

By appointment


(207) 780-4752

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Sociology Durham University, England 1975
  • B.A. Sociology Durham University, England 1971



B.A. in Sociology, Essex University
Ph.D. in Sociology, Durham University


At USM I teach courses on introductory criminology, animal abuse and comparative criminology.

Academic Achievements

  • Fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Fellowships at Oxford University (criminology); The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics; the National University of Ireland (sociology); and th University of Wisconsin-Madison (law)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Criminology (Division on Critical Criminology)
  • Co-founder and editor of the international journal Theoretical Criminology


Books (see:

2015 Hogarth's Art of Animal Cruelty: Satire, Suffering and Pictorial Propaganda. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015 Criminology: A Sociological Approach. 6th edition. Oxford University Press. (with James Messerschmidt)

2009 Confronting Animal Abuse: Law, Criminology and Human-Animal Relations.  Rowman & Littlefield.

2007 Issues in Green Criminology: Confronting Harms Against Environments, Humanity and Other Animals.  Willan. (with Nigel South)

2006 The Chicago School of Criminology 1915-1945. Routledge. 6-volume series.

2006 Green Criminology. Ashgate. (with Nigel South)

1997 Issues in Comparative Criminology. Dartmouth. (with David Nelken)

1994 The Origins and Growth of Criminology: Essays on Intellectual History, 1760-1945. Dartmouth.

1993 Inventing Criminology: Essays on the Rise of 'Homo Criminalis'. SUNY Press.

1991 Comparative Criminology: an Annotated Bibliography.  Greenwood Press. (with Joan Hill)

1990 Revolution in Law: Contributions to the Development of Soviet Legal Theory, 1917-1938.  M.E. Sharpe.

1988 Stuchka: Selected Writings on Soviet Law and Marxism. M.E. Sharpe. (with Robert Sharlet and Peter B. Maggs)

1982 Marxism and Law. John Wiley. (with Richard Quinney)

1980 Pashukanis: Selected Writings on Marxism and Law. Translated by Peter B. Maggs. Academic Press. (with Robert Sharlet)

1977 Fair Rent and Legal Fiction. Macmillan.

Recent Publications

Recent journal articles:

2014 "Foreword." Pp.xi-xiv in Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J. Nocella II (eds.), The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. New York: Lantern Books.

2014 "Green Criminology Matters: Special Issue Editors' Introduction", International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(2): 1-5. (with Tanya Wyatt and Nigel South)

2014 "Theriocide: Naming Animal Killing", International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(2): 50-67.

2014 "Hunting Worlds Turned Upside Down: Paulus Potter's Life of a Hunter", Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit, 4(2): 15-28. (with Janine Janssen)