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Dr Mary Vogel

Research interests

Dr Vogel&rsquo;s work takes a comparatively informed socio-historical approach that integrates theory with both quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis. She has written Coercion to Compromise: Plea Bargaining, the Courts and the Making of Political Authority (Oxford University Press, 2007) as well as a series of articles that explore the social and historical origins of plea bargaining in America during the 19th century. Her work explores the role of the courts, in a new nation with little in the way of local government yet set in place, in establishing political stability and social order, constructing democractic political authority and articulating relations of citizenship. <br /><br />Initially, Mary Vogel shows plea bargaining to be a sophisticated social sorting mechanism. It was one which was adapted from British common law traditions of episodic leniency that drew on character witnesses to distinguish the worthy, who had made a misstep and were redeemable under the watchful eyes of family and employers, from others who were perceived to be more intransigent and who received custodial sentences. As the 19th century wore on, Dr Vogel shows that the courts moved away from asking whether a defendant&rsquo;s communal ties could assure good behaviour and toward the use of experts to assess whether rehabilitation had been or, more problematically, could be accomplished and to predict future dangerousness &ndash; a legally and scientifically fraught enterprise. In a number of ways, this work shows the world to have changed around the cultural practice of plea bargaining and to have reshaped the way that it operates and the role that it plays. <br /><br />Mary Vogel has also edited a volume, Crime, Inequality and the State (Routledge, 2007), which examines criminal justice policy in light of new research about how diversity, disadvantage and exclusion work through cultural practices such a parenting and labelling to play a role in processes of criminalization, risk of criminal offending and criminal justice. <br /><br />Dr Vogel&rsquo;s current project focuses on the role of law in the process of democratic state formation. This study centers on the tension which she sees as inherent in Western democracies between two principles to which they are committed &ndash; first, to a &lsquo;rule of law&rsquo; or rules, rights, Constitutions which stand outside the sway of popular opinion and claim some degree of autonomy and integrity of their own, on the one hand, and &lsquo;self rule&rsquo; which contends that it is precisely the will of the people, directly or through their elected representatives, that prevails, on the other. Mary Vogel explores comparatively the way different societies vary in their approaches to resolving this tension between &lsquo;law rule&rsquo; and &lsquo;self rule&rsquo; when making of their constitutional arrangements. She suggests that differences among these paths, especially the approach taken to judicial review, are a way of telling the story of the very different kinds of democracies that these societies become. <br /><br />In the longer term, Dr Vogel has begun work on comparative-historical studies of the role of law in processes of social class formation and of the historical development of conceptions and practice of rights. <br />

Editorial activity

King's College Law Journal, Editorial Board (Journal)

Mary Vogel (Editorial board member)

2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Participation in conference

American Sociological Association, Atlanta, USA, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Aug 2010 → …

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Law and Society Association, Chicago, USA, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

May 2010 → …

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Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, USA, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Apr 2010 → …

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European Sociological Association, Lisbon, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Sep 2009 → …

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American Sociological Association, San Francisco, USA, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Aug 2009 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Society of Criminology, Cardiff, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jul 2009 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Socio-Legal Studies Association, Leicester, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Mar 2009 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

WG Hart Conference, London, session chair

Mary Vogel (Chair)

2009 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Sociological Association, Boston, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Aug 2008 → …

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British Society of Criminology, Huddersfield, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jul 2008 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

WG Hart Conference, London, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jun 2008 → …

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Law and Society Association, Montreal, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

May 2008 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Socio-Legal Studies Association, Manchester, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Mar 2008 → …

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European Sociological Association, Social Theory Network, Innsbruck, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

2008 → …

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Law and Society Association, Berlin, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jul 2007 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

WG Hart Conference, London, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jun 2007 → …

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Law and Society Association, Berlin,session chair

Mary Vogel (Chair)

2007 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Society of Criminology, Los Angeles, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Nov 2006 → …

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American Sociological Association, Montreal, discussant

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Aug 2006 → …

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European Society of Criminology, Tuebingen, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Aug 2006 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

WG Hart Conference, London, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jul 2006 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Society of Criminology, Glasgow, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jul 2006 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

WG Hart Conference, paper

Mary Vogel (Speaker)

Jun 2005 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Inivted Lecture, Dean's Seminar Series, School for Advanced Study, University of London

Mary Vogel (Keynote/plenary speaker)

2005 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Society of Criminology, Nashville, TN, session chair

Mary Vogel (Chair)

2004 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Inivted Public Lecture, University of Santa Barbara Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Karpeles Manuscript Library

Mary Vogel (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Apr 2001 → …

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American Sociological Association, Anaheim, CA, , chaired Law Section paper sessions

Mary Vogel (Chair)

2001 → …

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Bunting Lecture Series, Harvard University, 1992-93

Mary Vogel (Keynote/plenary speaker)

2001 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Sociological Association, Anaheim, CA, organized Criminology Section paper sessions

Mary Vogel (Organiser)

2001 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Sociological Association, organized Law and Society Section paper sessions

Mary Vogel (Organiser)

1999 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

American Sociological Association, Chair, Law Section Article Prize Committee

Mary Vogel (Member)

20102011

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Publication peer-review

Palgrave Macmillan (Journal)

Mary Vogel (Editor)

20102011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Routledge (Journal)

Mary Vogel (Editor)

20082011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Law and Society Review (Journal)

Mary Vogel (Editor)

20072010

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Kluwer Publishing (Publisher)

Mary Vogel (Editor)

20052006

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Types of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

University of Manchester, External Examiner

Mary Vogel (Member)

20102013

Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

University of Bradford, External Expert

Mary Vogel (Member)

2001 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Governing Council

Mary Vogel (Member)

20092011

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

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