At the Faculty Senate Banquet on April 27th, 2012, the recipient of the annual Provost's Research Fellowship was announced for the 2012-2013 academic year. Professor of Criminology Piers Beirne has the honor of being the third recipient of the fellowship. He will be focusing his research on William Hogarth's famous prints of 1751, The Four Stages of Cruelty, with the goal of publishing journal articles on animals featured in Hogarth's art.
Before arriving in USM, Professor Beirne taught sociology and criminology in England and Ireland. His publications include Criminology: A Sociological Approach (2010, fifth edition, with USM Professor Jim Messerschmidt, Oxford University Press); and Confronting Animal Abuse: Reflections on law, cruelty and speciesism (2008, Rowman and Littlefield).
A well-respected and leading scholar in the field of green criminology, he earned his PhD in Sociology from Durham University in England. Most recently, Beirne was one of two finalists under consideration to host eight one-hour shows on the Animal Planet TV channel about the links between animal cruelty and inter-human violence.