Dr Rachel Seoighe is a criminologist and socio-legal scholar with a particular interest in political agency and resistance, contemporary detention estates – including prisons and immigration detention centres - abolitionism and decarceral feminism, and Sri Lankan politics and Tamil rights. Dr Seoighe completed her PhD at King's College London in 2014.
Her PhD was an analysis of Sri Lankan state crime and state discourse of counter-terrorism throughout the civil war, with a critique of transitional justice and memory studies in the authorship of a 'national story' for Sri Lanka's post-war nation-building project. On completion of her PhD, she spent three months in Delhi as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and six months as a Research Fellow in the School of Law, University of Warwick where she worked on Dr Ana Aliverti's project 'Foreign nationals before the criminal courts: immigration status, deportability and punishment.'
Dr Seoighe holds an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (King's College London, Distinction) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (National University of Ireland, Galway).
Justice, Punishment and Human Rights (module leader)
Explaining Crime (module leader, with Dr Santiago Amietta)
Programme leader: BA Criminology (Criminal Justice)
Dr Seoighe's work investigates human rights abuses, power and nationalistic performativity, contemporary detention estates, state terror and resistance, and state-corporate collusion.
State Crime and crimes of the powerful; power, resistance and political agency; state and political violence; human rights, social movements, justice struggles, criminalisation and cultural repositories of resistance; postcolonial analysis; punishment and decarceral feminism; the criminology of mobility, including immigration detention and deportation; the Sri Lankan civil war and Tamil rights.
(2017) "The Irish language in postcolonial perspective." Discover Society, 6 June.
(2017) "An Insignificant Change: The Review and Potential Withdrawal of Tamil Refugee Status in the UK." Border Criminologies, 11 May.
(2015) "Language Interpretation in the Criminal Courts: An Essential but Unstable Service." Border Criminologies, 22 June.
Seoighe, Rachel (2016) Inscribing the victor’s land: nationalistic authorship in Sri Lanka’s post-war Northeast. Conflict, Security & Development, 16 (5). pp. 443-471. ISSN 1467-8802
Seoighe, Rachel (2017) Nationalistic authorship and resistance: performative politics in post-war Northeastern Sri Lanka. In: Culture and Politics in South Asia: Performative Communication. Pathak, Dev Nath and Perera, Sasanka , eds. Routledge India, pp. 65-89. ISBN 9781138201132
Seoighe, Rachel (2017) War, denial and nation-building in Sri Lanka: after the end. Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict . Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9783319563237
Seoighe, Rachel (2016) Nationalistic authorship and resistance in Northeastern Sri Lanka. Society and Culture in South Asia, 2 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 2393-8617
Seoighe, Rachel (2016) Discourses of victimisation in Sri Lanka’s civil war: collective memory, legitimacy and agency. Social & Legal Studies, 25 (3). pp. 355-380. ISSN 0964-6639