In 2013, Sophie completed her LLB (Hon’s) from Queen’s University, Belfast, where she developed an interest in feminist jurisprudence and criminal law. During her time at Queen’s University, she was awarded a Study USA Scholarship, which allowed her to spend a full academic year at Ferrum College, Virgina, studying business and management. While undertaking a diverse range of business classes, she was given the opportunity to take elective classes, and chose Byzantine to Impressionist Art.

Achieving top marks in this class and being awarded Latin Honors each semester for her studies, Sophie’s interest in art was bolstered. Upon successful completion of the Study USA programme, Sophie was awarded the Certificate of American Business Practice. On return to Queen’s University, she undertook the Material Culture and Visual Media module from the School of History Anthropology obtaining a First in this.

Sophie remained at Queen’s University to pursue her MSSc in Criminal Justice. She completed her dissertation, titled ‘Susanna the Slut: Depictions of Rape Victims in Law and in Art’, and obtained a Distinction for her dissertation and graduated with a Distinction overall.

Sophie joined Durham University in October 2015 to pursue her doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor McGlynn from the School of Law and Professor Janet Stewart the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. To complete her studies, she was awarded the Durham Law School PGR Scholarship. 

Current Research

Sophie’s current research continues to explore feminist jurisprudence, criminal law and art. The provisional title of her thesis is ‘Visualising Justice: Law, Art and Sexual Violence.’

Sophie is interested in how feminist visual culture (FVC) can be used to highlight the justice interests of survivors. She would like to consider how FVC assists in the argument for moving from 'voice as justice' for victim survivors to  'expression and reception' as a form of justice for survivors. In her presentation she will examine how Ablutions and She Who Would Fly by Suzanne Lacy et al provided an early reflection on the importance of voice as justice and how contemporary practice can help explore legal issues, through works such as Project Unbreakable. As this is a chapter in development, Sophie is keen to get feedback and to hopefully have some great discussions with those who attend the panel!'

Sophie will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
Feminist Art: Access, Activism and Representation   (Saturday Afternoon)