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M. (Martina) Althoff, Dr

Associate professor
M. (Martina) Althoff, Dr

Martina Althoff is an Associate Professor at the University of Groningen, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology. She studied Sociology at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität in Münster (Germany). She received her Master degree (Magister Artium) in 1988. She went on to study Criminology at the University of Hamburg. After graduation (Diplom) in 1990 she won an EU-fellowship to conduct research at the University of Cambridge (UK). In 1997 she received her PhD degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Bremen. Her doctoral thesis analyses the social construction of xenophobia („Die soziale Konstruktion von Fremdenfeindlichkeit“).

Before coming to Groningen she worked in Germany on a range of research projects and taught at the Universities of Siegen, Münster, Bremen and Hildesheim. At the University of Groningen she is teaching several criminology courses at the Bachelor and Master level, and she is Head of the Criminology Program of the Criminological Track of the Dutch Master Criminal Law.

Martina Althoff is particularly interested in public opinion and political and social reactions to criminality, in societal effects of the criminal justice system and , in violence and female crime, and she is mainly performing qualitative research. Martina maintains a strong interest in methodological issues and theoretical perspectives in Criminology. She has published widely, nationally and internationally, for example on crime reports in the media, on crime in and around refugee centers, on discourse theory, on self-justice and youth violence, on gender and crime.

Finally, Martina Althoff is a member of the Editorial Board and of the Advisory Board of the Scientific Journal Kriminologisches Journal, a member of the jury of the Fritz Sack prize of criminology and a member of the committee of the Dutch Society for Criminology.


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