Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, Frank Dawtry Memorial Lecture 2011 'Trials of Loyalty: Ethnic Minority Police Officers as 'Outsiders' within a Greedy Institution.'
ABBY PETERSON is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg. Her educational journey took her to the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford Law School, and Umeå University before receiving her PhD in sociology from the University of Gothenburg in 1992. She has held visiting appointments in the Department of Sociology, Vytautus Magnus University in Lithuania and the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University. She conducts research within the fields of political sociology and cultural sociology and the interface between the two fields, as well as within the fields of criminology and sociology of law. In particular, Professor Peterson has made contributions within social movement theory, culture and politics, policing political protests, classical sociological theory, and ethnic relations.
She heads an ongoing six-year research programme dealing with the theme "Policing Ethnicity". Together with Professor Malin Åkerström of Lund University and Professor Liv Finstad of Oslo University she co-directs a research network on the multiple modes of contemporary policing in Scandinavia. Professor Petersen currently directs Swedish research participation in a European Science Foundation collaboration with six European countries entitled "Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation".