Professor Stephen Tomsen


Stephen Tomsen is a Professor of Criminology at Western Sydney University. He is a member of the Institute for Culture and Society and the Sociology and Criminology staff in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. He has decades of research experience, publishing, and international reputation for his work on violence (including homicides) and hate crime, crime and culture, policing, masculinities, sexualities, drinking and drug (ab)use. Professor Tomsen's published output includes seven books and numerous refereed national and international articles and papers in leading criminology and social science journals. Since his appointment at Western Sydney University in 2008, he has been the lead or a co-investigator on seven research projects attracting more than $1 million in external competitive income.

Qualifications

PhD (Behavioural Sciences), Macquarie University, Australia

BA Honours 1 (Sociology/Legal Studies), Macquarie University, Australia

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Honours and Awards

2013: Winner of Australian Drug and Alcohol Awards 'Excellence in Research Award' - POINTED project

2013: Visiting Professor, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Euskadi, Spain

2006: AHRB Research Centre in Law, Gender and Sexuality Fellowship, Universities of Keele, Kent and Westminster (UK)

1998: Inaugural winner of Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency, Kings College, University of London-Radzinowicz prize

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Selected Grants/Current Projects

ARC Discovery (2012-2016), 'Violence and disengagement from violence in young men's lives' (with D Gadd).

ARC Discovery (2008-10), 'The city after dark: the governance and lived experience of urban night-time culture' (with D Stevenson and D Rowe).

ARC Discovery (2003-06), 'Rethinking social intolerance: violence and safety at gay and lesbian events' (with G Mason and K Markwell).

Law Foundation of New South Wales/Victoria Law Institute/University of Newcastle (2000-07), 'Legal citizenship/legal services' (with M Noone and DA Wright).

New South Wales Attorney General's Crime Prevention Division/New South Wales Health (2001-02), 'Young men, public violence and drinking'.

Australian Criminology Research Council/Law Foundation of New South Wales (1996-97), 'Masculinity, male honour and homicide trials'.

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Selected Publications

Books

Stubbs, J & Tomsen, S (eds) 2016, Australian violence: crime, criminal justice and beyond (opens in a new window), The Federation Press, Leichhardt.

Tomsen, S 2009, Violence, prejudice and sexuality (opens in a new window), Routledge, London & New York.

Tomsen, S (ed.) 2008, Crime, criminal justice and masculinities: a reader (opens in a new window), Ashgate, Aldershot.

Tomsen, S & Noone, M 2006, Lawyers in conflict: Australian lawyers and legal aid (opens in a new window), Federation Press, Sydney.

Tomsen, S & Donaldson, M (eds) 2003, Male trouble: looking at Australian masculinities (opens in a new window), Pluto Press, Melbourne.

Tomsen, S & Mason, G (eds) 1997, Homophobic violence (opens in a new window), Hawkins Press, Sydney.

Tomsen, S, Cunneen, C & Fraser, D (eds) 1997, Faces of hate: hate crime in Australia (opens in a new window), Hawkins Press, Sydney.

Book Chapters

Dwyer, A & Tomsen, S 2016, 'The past is the past?: the impossibility of erasure of historical LGBTIQ policing', in A Dwyer, M Ball, & T Crofts (eds.), Queering Criminology, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 36-53. 

Stubbs, J & Tomsen, S 2016, 'Australian violence: then and now', in J Stubbs & S Tomsen (eds), Australian violence: crime, criminal justice and beyond (opens in a new window), The Federation Press, Leichhardt.

Tomsen, S & Wadds, P 2016, 'Nightlife ethnography, violence, policing and security', in J Stubbs & S Tomsen (eds), Australian violence: crime, criminal justice and beyond (opens in a new window), The Federation Press, Leichhardt.

Messerschmidt, JW & Tomsen, S 2016, 'Masculinities, crime, and criminal justice' (opens in a new window), in Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935383.013.129.

Tomsen, S 2015, 'Hate crime', in The International Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Sage. 

Messerschmidt, J & Tomsen, S 2014, 'Masculinities and crime', in FT Cullen, P Wilcox, JL Lux & CL Jonson (eds), Sisters in crime revisited: bringing gender into criminology, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 281-301.

Miller, P, Pennay, A, Droste, N, Jenkinson, R, Quinn, B, Chikritzhs, T et al. 2014, 'Patron offending and intoxication in night-time entertainment districts (POINTED)', in E Manton, R Room, C Giorgi & M Thorn (eds), Stemming the tide of alcohol: liquor licensing and the public interest, FARE, Melbourne, pp. 211-223.  

Tomsen, S 2013, 'Violenza omofoba e maschilità in Australia', in S Magaraggia & D Cherubini (eds), Uomini contro le donne? Le radici della violenza maschile, UTET Università, Turin, pp 77-102.

Tomsen, S & Messerschmidt, J 2011, 'Masculinities', in WS DeKeseredy & M Dragiewicz (eds), The Routledge handbook of critical criminology, Routledge, New York & London, pp. 172-85.

Tomsen, S 2011, 'The collective remembering of the stories of qualitative criminology', in L Bartels & K Richards (eds), Qualitative criminology: stories from the field, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. v-vii.

Tomsen, S 2009, 'Sexual grievances, HIV transmission and law: the unintended effects of social movement mobilisation around sexuality and justice', in S Cameron & J Rule (eds), The criminalisation of HIV transmission in Australia: legality, morality and reality, National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Sydney, pp. 92-99.

Tomsen, S 2008, 'Masculinity, crime and criminalisation', in C Cunneen & T Anthony (eds), The critical criminology companion, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 94-104.

Tomsen, S 2008, 'Introduction', in S Tomsen (ed.), Crime, criminal justice and masculinities: a reader (opens in a new window), Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. xi-xv.

Tomsen, S 2008, '"Boozers and bouncers": masculine conflict, disengagement and the contemporary governance of drinking-related violence and disorder', in S Tomsen (ed.), Crime, criminal justice and masculinities: a reader (opens in a new window),  Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 297-312.

Tomsen, S 2003, '"A gross overreaction": violence, honour and the sanctified heterosexual male body', in S Tomsen & M Donaldson (eds), Male trouble: looking at Australian masculinities (opens in a new window), Pluto Press, Melbourne, pp. 91-107.

Journal Articles

Tomsen, S 2017, 'Masculinity and homophobic violence in Australia's recent past' (opens in a new window), Sexuality & Culture, pp. 1-17, DOI:10.1007/s12119-017-9423-0.

Tomsen, S 2014, 'A dangerous proximity: the night-time economy and the city's early morning', Lo Squaderno: Explorations in Space and Society, vol. 32, pp. 36-40. 

Miller, P, Pennay, A, Droste, N, Butler, E, Jenkinson, R, Hyder, S et al. 2014, 'A comparative study of blood alcohol concentrations in Australian night-time entertainment districts', Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 338-345. 

Tomsen, S 2014, 'Identity wars: crime, safety and conflict in Sydney's night-time economy', Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, vol. 3, pp. 463-480.

Miller, P, Pennay, A, Jenkinson, R, Droste, N, Chikritzhs, T, Tomsen, S et al. 2013, 'Patron offending and intoxication in night time entertainment districts (POINTED): a study protocol' (opens in a new window), International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 69-76.

Tomsen, S & Crofts, T 2012, 'Social and cultural meanings of legal responses to homicide among men: masculine honour, sexual advances and accidents' (opens in a new window), Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 423-37. 

Salter, M & Tomsen, S 2012, 'Violence and carceral masculinities in Felony Fights' (opens in a new window), British Journal of Criminology, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 309-23.

Markwell, K & Tomsen, S 2010, 'Safety and hostility at special events: lessons from Australian gay and lesbian festivals' (opens in a new window), Event Management, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 225-38.

Tomsen, S & Markwell, K 2009, 'Violence, cultural display and the suspension of sexual prejudice' (opens in a new window), Sexuality & Culture, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 201-17.

Tomsen, S 2008, 'Legal services and neo-liberalism in an unequal legal order' (opens in a new window), Flinders Journal of Law Reform, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 609-20.

Tomsen, S 2006, 'Homophobic violence, cultural essentialism and shifting sexual identities' (opens in a new window), Social and Legal Studies, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 389-407.

Tomsen, S 2005, '"Boozers and bouncers": masculine conflict, disengagement and the contemporary governance of drinking-related violence and disorder' (opens in a new window), The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 283-97. [Reprinted in S Tomsen (ed.) 2008, Crime, criminal justice and masculinities: a reader, Ashgate, Aldershot]

Tomsen, S 2002, 'Victims, perpetrators and fatal scenarios: a research note on anti-homosexual male homicides' (opens in a new window), International Review of Victimology, vol. 9, no. 3, 253-71.

Tomsen, S 2001, 'Service beyond self-interest? Australian lawyers, legal aid and professionalism' (opens in a new window), The International Journal of the Legal Profession, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 251-73.

Tomsen, S & Mason, G 2001, 'Engendering homophobia: violence, sexuality and gender conformity' (opens in a new window), Journal of Sociology, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 265-87.

Tomsen, S 1998, '"He had to be a poofter or something": violence, male honour and heterosexual panic' (opens in a new window), Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 44-57.

Tomsen, S 1997, 'A top night: social protest, masculinity and the culture of drinking violence' (opens in a new window), The British Journal of Criminology, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 90-103. [Reprinted in E Stanko (ed.) 2002, Violence, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 90-102]

Tomsen, S 1997, 'Youth violence and the limits of moral panic' (opens in a new window), Youth Studies Australia, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 25-30.

Tomsen, S 1996, 'Ruling men: comments on masculinity and juvenile justice', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 191-95.

Tomsen, S 1994, 'Hatred, murder and male honour', Criminology Australia, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 2-7.

Tomsen, S 1993, 'The political contradictions of policing and countering anti-gay violence in New South Wales', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 209-15.

Tomsen, S & Homel, R 1992, 'Public drinking and violence', Journal of Drug Issues, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 679-97.

Tomsen, S 1992, 'Professionalism and state engagement: lawyers and legal aid policy in Australia in the 1970s and the 1980s' (opens in a new window), The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 307-29.

Tomsen, S 1991, 'Violence, public drinking and public policy', Current Affairs Bulletin, vol. 68, no. 7, pp. 22-27.

Other Articles

Tomsen, S & Hobbs, D 2017, 'Crime and masculinity in popular culture' (opens in a new window), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.218.

Conference Papers

Tomsen, S 2012, 'Crime and the night-time economy in Australia's global city: fear, loathing and neo-liberal (non) governance', Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference.

Tomsen, S 2011, 'Felon fights: masculinity, spectacle and suffering', 4th Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference.

Tomsen, S 2009, 'Victimhood, "sexual deceit" and the social origins of the criminalisation of HIV transmission', 3rd Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology conference: conference proceedings (opens in a new window), Melbourne, pp. 266-74.

Tomsen, S 2001, 'Hate crimes and masculinity: new crimes, new responses and some familiar patterns' (opens in a new window), 4th National outlook symposium on crime in Australia, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

Tomsen, S 1996, 'Gay homicides: activism, victims and law and order' (opens in a new window), in C Sumner, M Israel, M O'Connell & R Sarre (eds), International victimology: selected papers from the eighth international symposium on victimology, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, pp. 87-90.

Tomsen, S & Homel, R 1993, 'Hot spots for violence: the environment of pubs and clubs' (opens in a new window), in H Strang & S Gerull (eds), Homicide: patterns, prevention and control, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, pp. 53-66.

Reports

Tomsen, S & Payne, J 2016, Homicide and the night-time economy (opens in a new window)(PDF, 1.7MB), Criminology Research Council, Canberra.

Tomsen, S & Payne, J 2016, Homicide and the night-time economy (opens in a new window), Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice, no. 521, December, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

Lubman, D, Peacock, A, Droste, N, Pennay, A, Miller, P, Bruno, R et al. 2013, Alcohol and energy drinks in NSW: a report prepared for NSW Health, Department of Health, New South Wales.

Miller, P, Pennay, A, Droste, N, Jenkinson, R, Quinn, B, Chikritzhs, T et al. 2012, Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-time Entertainment Districts (POINTED): final report, National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund.

Tomsen, S & Markwell, K 2009, When the glitter settles: safety and hostility at and around gay and lesbian public events (opens in a new window), Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

Tomsen, S 2005, Masculinity and public drinking violence in the Newcastle/Hunter, final Report to NSW Attorney-General's Crime Prevention Division /NSW Health.

Tomsen, S 2002, Hatred, murder and male honour: anti-homosexual killings in New South Wales (Research and Public Policy Series No. 43), Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

Tomsen, S 2003, Boozers and bouncers: masculinity and public drinking violence in the Newcastle/Hunter, report to NSW Attorney-General's Crime Prevention Division /NSW Health.

Tomsen, S 1996, Anti-homosexual killings in New South Wales: victimisation and the legal response, report to Australian Criminology Research Council.

Tomsen, S & Homel, R 1991, 'The problem of violence in licensed premises: the Sydney study', in T Stockwell, E Lang & P Rydon (eds), The licensed drinking environment: current research in Australia and New Zealand, National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Melbourne, pp. 33-40.

Tomsen, S, Homel, R & Thommeny, J 1990, 'The causes of public violence: situational "versus" other factors in drinking related assaults', in D Chappell, P Grabosky & H Strang (eds), Australian violence: contemporary perspectives (opens in a new window), Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, pp. 177-94.

Tomsen, S & Homel, R 1990, Situational factors in alcohol-related public assaults, report to National Committee on Violence/ National Drug Offensive.

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