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 Fall 2016

Tuesday and Thursday 9:45-10:00, 11:30-12:00, 2:30-3:00 and 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)