Department of Criminology

Piers Beirne Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Cactus in the Nevada desert

Office Location

212 Luther Bonney, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • 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


Recent Publications


Books (see:

2018 Murdering Animals: Theriocide, Homicide and Nonspeciesist Criminology.  London: Palgrave Macmillan. (With Ian O'Donnell and Janine Janssen)

2017 Palgrave International Handbook on Animal Abuse Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan, edited with Jennifer Maher and Harriet Pierpoint

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)