Emily Rose Hay


I completed my undergraduate degree here at HCA in 2013, and I'm delighted to be back.  In the interim, I ventured south to study Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford, and then worked as the Researcher for the Penal History Project at Queen Mary University of London between 2016 and 2018.

My research is interdisciplinary and examines changing press narratives of child/youth homicide in the UK in the latter half of the twentieth century.  I am grateful to have been awarded an HCA Doctoral Scholarship to pursue this work.

I am one of the founders and convenors of the Emotionally Demanding Histories Group, where we discuss various aspects of researching sensitive, distressing or traumatic subjects. Please do get in touch if you are interested in our activities by emailing edhg@ed.ac.uk, or follow us on twitter @EDHGEdinburgh.


MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford (2014-15), Distinction.

Thesis: 'The language of female violence: Press representations of women accused of homicide'

MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh (2009-13), First Class.

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor - History, The Making of the Modern Body (2018/19; 2019/20)

Tutor - History, Historian's Toolkit (2019/20; 2020/2021)

Tutor - Law, Introduction to Criminal Justice (2019/20)

Tutor - Law, Introduction to Criminology (2021/22)

Current research interests

History of crime and deviance; gender history; media history; prison history.

Papers delivered

'Women accused of homicide: Reconciling femininity and violent criminality in the press' - Women's History Scotland Conference, 16 November 2019.

'Child homicide at home: Female perpetrators in the British press c.1960-1984' - British Society of Criminology Conference, 8 July 2021.

'Researching child homicide in the British press, c.1960-1984' - British Crime Historians Symposium, 3 September 2021.