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Sir Anthony Edward Bottoms FBA (born 29 August 1939) is a British criminologist. He is life fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, having previously been a Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University from 1984 to 2006[1] and until December 2007 a professor of criminology jointly at the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield.[2]



Bottoms was born 29 August 1939 and educated at Eltham College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford,[3] followed by a PhD at Sheffield University.[4] He worked as a probation officer before entering academic life as a researcher at Cambridge. At Camrbridge, he worked at the new Institute of Criminology under the guidance of Leon Radzinowicz. Subsequently, he became a lecturer in Sheffield (1968), becoming a professor there in 1976.[5] He was made Knight Bachelor in 2001 for services to the criminal justice system,[6] an Honorary Doctor of Laws at the University of Edinburgh in 2015, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.[2] He is life fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[7]

Bottoms' influence within British and global criminology and upon criminal justice practice has been considerable. He has published and contributed towards a large number of highly influential journal articles, official reports, book chapters, and books on topics including environmental criminology, probation, the sociology of punishment, community penalties, desistance research, policing, and prisons.

He has collaborated with, supervised, or taught, a number of other notable criminologists, including David Garland, Alison Liebling, Richard Sparks, John Pratt and Mike Nellis.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • R. Sparks, A.E. Bottoms and W. Hay (1996) Prisons and the Problem of Order, Clarendon Press
  • A. von Hirsch, A.E. Bottoms, E. Burney and P-O. Wikström (1999) Criminal Deterrence and Sentence Severity, Hart Publishing
  • A.E. Bottoms (2001) ‘Compliance and Community Penalties’ in A.E. Bottoms, L. Gelsthorpe and S. Rex (Eds) Community Penalties: Change and Challenges, Willan Publishing
  • A.E. Bottoms (2002) ‘Morality, Crime, Compliance and Public Policy’ in A.E. Bottoms and M. Tonry (Eds) Ideology, Crime and Criminal Justice, Willan Publishing
  • A.E. Bottoms (2003) ‘Theoretical Reflections on the Evaluation of a Penal Policy Initiative’ in L. Zedner and A. Ashworth (Eds) The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy, Oxford University Press
  • A.E.Bottoms (2006) ‘Incivilities, Offence and Social Order in Residential Communities’, in A. von Hirsch and A. Simester (Eds) Incivilities: Regulating Offensive Behaviour, Hart Publishing
  • C. Walston and A. Bottoms (eds) Challenging Crime: A Portrait of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, Third Millennium Publishing


  1. ^ University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology Archived November 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Professor Anthony Bottoms - Biography
  2. ^ a b University of Sheffield School of Law Archived April 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage, accessed 3 Feb 2009
  4. ^ Reporter Notices 10/05/06
  5. ^ Debretts Archived March 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Prof Sir Anthony Bottoms
  6. ^ BBC News 15 June 2001
  7. ^ "Fitzwilliam College Law Course Homepage". Fitzwilliam College. 2010. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 

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