Anthony Bottoms

British criminologist

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, then 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] and is a Fellow of the British Academy.[2] He is life fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[7]

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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