Vicky Nagy

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Vicky Nagy

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Vicky Nagy is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences in the College of Arts, Law and Education. She specialises in historical criminology and gender and crime. Vicky is the convenor of the Australian and New Zealand Historical Criminology Network (ANZHCN).


Due in part to her Hungarian heritage, Vicky undertook her Master of Arts, specialising in English literature and linguistics, in Budapest at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). There Vicky developed an interest in history, especially British 19th century history. Her Masters thesis, which explored the similarities and differences between neoliberal political leadership in Britain and Australia during the late-20th century, received the “Outstanding Thesis Award” from the School of English and American Studies at ELTE.

She returned to Australia to undertake her PhD at Monash University where her research topic examined socio-legal responses in female arsenic poisoning cases in Essex in the mid-1840s and 1850s. Vicky has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education through Curtin University to expand her knowledge and skills in adult education.

Before undertaking her PhD studies, Vicky was the Australian Studies lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Prior to joining UTAS, Vicky was a Criminology Lecturer at Deakin and RMIT Universities in Melbourne. She has also worked for the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) as a researcher investigating sexual violence prevention, especially child sexual abuse perpetration and victimisation prevention, and working on projects related to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. Based on her experience at AIFS, Vicky has developed a keen interest in sexual violence research.

Career summary


  • PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2012.
  • MA, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, 2006.
  • Grad.Cert, Curtin University, Australia, 2016.

Languages (other than English)

Hungarian- proficient, French- basic (reading and writing


Professional practice

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Member.
  • Australian and New Zealand Historical Criminology Network, Convenor.
  • Australian Women’s History Network, Member

Administrative expertise

Vicky is co-chair of the Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) Project Steering Committee and a member of the TELT Governance Group. She has experience with academic integrity and process matters, and technology and teaching practices.


Crime and Criminal Justice
Historical Criminology
Crime Prevention
Violence against Women
Sexual Violence

Teaching expertise

Vicky has extensive experience teaching at universities in Australia and Hungary. She is currently teaching core Criminology units such as Crime and Society and Working With Offenders, but has taught units relating to criminological theory, victimology, crime and technology, and crime prevention.

In 2021 Vicky received the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Teaching and Learning Award, a UTAS Teaching Merit Certificate, and a UTAS Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Research Invitations

2019 Research Seminar, University Technology of Sydney. Women’s homicide offending in Victoria

View more on Dr Vicky Nagy in WARP


Vicky has a wide area of research interests and expertise all with an overarching focus on criminal justice systems and socio-legal responses to offending. Her research is interdisciplinary and outside of criminology Vicky also uses theories and methodologies from gender studies, cultural studies, history, media studies, political studies, and literary studies. She has also undertaken paid and unpaid consultation work for Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria-based governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Vicky’s areas of expertise include:

  • Gender and crime, including media representations
  • History of crime, especially gendered crimes
  • Female Perpetrators of Violence
  • Crime, history, and narrative
  • Crime and popular culture
  • Contract cheating and academic integrity
  • Crime prevention, especially of child sexual abuse & sexual violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Gender and the legal system (historically)


Vicky is currently involved in researching Victorian female prisoners from the nineteenth-and early twentieth century with colleagues at University of Technology, Sydney. Vicky has in the past also collaborated on research projects with service providers in Victoria and Queensland, and has also consulted with state government departments in New South Wales.


2011      Postgraduate Publications Award, Monash University

2006      Outstanding M.A. Thesis Award, Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University Hungary

Current projects

Currently Vicky is working on several projects. With one project she is examining how to best teach criminology students with new and engaging ways, and on another project, Vicky is investigating how contract cheating is perceived by academics and the outcomes this has for their students. These projects are currently underway with academics at Victorian and New South Wales-based universities.

Another project that Vicky is working on and hoping to finalise in 2022 is a book about rape and sexual assault in popular culture to be published with Emerald Publishing.

Fields of Research

  • Criminology (440299)
  • Causes and prevention of crime (440201)
  • Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation (440202)
  • Australian history (430302)
  • British history (430304)
  • Criminological theories (440205)
  • Courts and sentencing (440203)
  • Historical studies of crime (430311)
  • Law and society and socio-legal research (480405)
  • Crime policy (440702)
  • Youth justice (480507)
  • Community child health (420601)
  • Crime and social justice (440204)
  • Screen media (360505)
  • Digital heritage (430204)
  • Police administration, procedures and practice (440211)
  • Sociology (441099)

Research Objectives

  • Criminal justice (230403)
  • Crime prevention (230402)
  • Rehabilitation and correctional services (230408)
  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Families and family services (230107)
  • Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)
  • Higher education (160102)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Law reform (230405)
  • Understanding Europe's past (130704)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Law enforcement (230404)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Heritage (130499)


Vicky’s research has appeared in Australian and International Scimago Q1 and Q2 ranked criminology and history journals such as European Journal of Criminology, Journal of Australian Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy and Women & Criminal Justice. Her book Nineteenth Century Female Poisoners:  Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Vicky has also written blog posts about historical criminology and Southern Criminology, Sherlock Holmes and video games, women’s offending, and poisoning scandals in 19th century England.

Her work has been cited locally and internationally.

Total publications


Journal Article

(16 outputs)
2023Nagy V, Kehoe T, 'Historical criminology: Australian and New Zealand perspectives', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 12, (1) pp. 1-5. ISSN 2202-7998 (2023) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2777 [eCite] [Details]


2023Nagy V, Piper A, Cushing N, 'Citizen social science in the classroom: criminology students' perceptions of prisoner records', Journal of Criminal Justice Education pp. 1-17. ISSN 1745-9117 (2023) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10511253.2023.2179089 [eCite] [Details]


2022Devos F, Nagy V, 'Sexual victimisation histories and rehabilitation in female prisoners: a Tasmanian case study', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 34, (3) ISSN 1034-5329 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2022.2047146 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Devos F


2022Groves A, Nagy V, 'Meaningful crime prevention or just an 'Act': discourse analysis of the criminalisation of contract cheating services in Australia', Crime, Law and Social Change, 78, (3) pp. 295-319. ISSN 0925-4994 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10611-022-10025-2 [eCite] [Details]


2021Nagy V, 'Homicide in Victoria: female perpetrators of murder and manslaughter, 1860 to 1920', Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 51, (3 (Winter 2021)) pp. 405-428. ISSN 0022-1953 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1162/jinh_a_01592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2021Nagy V, Groves A, 'Rational choice or strain? A criminological examination of contract cheating', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 33, (3) pp. 322-339. ISSN 1034-5329 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2021.1874603 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4


2020Nagy VM, 'Women, old age and imprisonment in Victoria, Australia 1860-1920', Women and Criminal Justice, 30 pp. 155-171. ISSN 0897-4454 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08974454.2019.1631941 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2020Nagy VM, Piper AJ, 'The health and medical needs of Victoria's older female prisoners, 1860-1920', Health and History, 22, (1) pp. 67-85. ISSN 1442-1771 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5401/healthhist.22.1.0067 [eCite] [Details]


2020Nagy VM, Rychner G, 'Longitudinal analysis of Australian filicide perpetration trends: filicide in Victoria, 1860-1920', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9, (4) ISSN 2202-7998 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.1642 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


2019Nagy V, Piper A, 'Imprisonment of female urban and rural offenders in Victoria, 1860-1920', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 8, (1) pp. 100-115. ISSN 2202-8005 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v8i1.941 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5


2018Nagy V, Powell A, 'Legalising sex work: the regulation of risk' in Australian prostitution law reform', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1034-5329 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2016.12036053 [eCite] [Details]


2018Piper AJ, Nagy VM, 'Risk factors and pathways to imprisonment among incarcerated women in Victoria, 1860-1920', Journal of Australian Studies, 42, (3) pp. 268-284. ISSN 1835-6419 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2018.1489300 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6


2017Piper AJ, Nagy V, 'Versatile offending: criminal careers of female prisoners in Australia, 1860-1920', Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 48, (2) pp. 187-210. ISSN 1530-9169 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1162/JINH_a_01125 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7


2016Nagy V, 'Narrative construction of sexual violence and rape online', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6, (2) pp. 95‐108. ISSN 2202-8005 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i2.270 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3


2014Nagy V, 'Narratives in the courtroom: female poisoners in mid-nineteenth century England', European Journal of Criminology, 11, (2) pp. 213-227. ISSN 1477-3708 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1477370813494841 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


2010Nagy V, 'Motherhood, stereotypes, and South Park', Women's Studies, 39, (1) pp. 1-17. ISSN 0049-7878 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00497870903368948 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3



(1 outputs)
2015Nagy V, 'Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners: Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill', Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 224. ISBN 978-1-137-35929-2 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1057/9781137359308 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10


Chapter in Book

(6 outputs)
2022Nagy V, 'Essay: Crime History for Criminologists', A History of Crime in Australia: Australian Underworlds, Routledge, '.' (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 9-12. ISBN 9781032226521 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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2021Nagy VM, 'Making the Case for a Feminist Historical Criminology: Female Homicide Offending in Victoria 1860-1920', History & Crime: A Transdisciplinary Approach, Emerald Publishing Limited, T Kehoe and J Pfeifer (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 189-202. ISBN 9781801176996 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1108/978-1-80117-698-920211014 [eCite] [Details]


2018Nagy V, 'Internet Pornography', The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy, SAGE Publications, Inc., BA Arrigo (ed) ISBN 9781483359946 (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4135/9781483359922.n234 [eCite] [Details]


2018Nagy VM, 'Digital Technologies and Sexual Assault: Perpetration of Sexual Violence Online and Survivors' Use of Technology to Seek Justice and Heal', Rape Cultures and Survivors: An International Perspective (Volume 2), ABC-CLIO, T Inal, MD Smith (ed), Santa Barbara, USA, pp. 189-213. ISBN 978-1-4408-5306-7 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2018Nagy VM, 'Child sexual abuse', Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence, ABC-CLIO, MD Smith (ed), USA, pp. 61-86. ISBN 1440844895 (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

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2016Nagy V, 'Victimization', The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., NA Naples, R Hoogland, M Wickramasinghe and A Wong (ed) ISBN 9781405196949 (2016) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219 [eCite] [Details]



(3 outputs)
2023Nagy V, 'Rachel Dixon (2022) Infanticide: Expert Evidence and Testimony in Child Murder Cases, 1688-1955. London: Routledge', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 12, (1) pp. 1-2. ISSN 2202-7998 (2023) [Review Single Work]

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2019Nagy V, 'Book review: Behind blurred lines: Rape culture in popular media (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 52, (3) pp. 432-439. ISSN 0004-8658 (2019) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1177/0004865818805608 [eCite] [Details]


2019Nagy V, 'Book review: Yorick Smaal, Andy Kaladelfos, and Mark Finnane (eds.), Child sexual abuse: Redress and recognition (2016)', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 52, (2) pp. 311-313. ISSN 0004-8658 (2019) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1177/0004865818779825 [eCite] [Details]


Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
2019Nagy V, 'The health and medical needs of Victoria's older female prisoners, 1860-1920', Prison Medicine: Health and Incarceration in History Conference, 2-3 May 2019, University of Wollongong (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2019Nagy V, 'Women's homicide offending in Victoria', Research Seminar, 1 May 2019, University Technology of Sydney (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Nagy V, Rychner G, 'Filicide in Victoria: Addressing the Historical Context 1860-1920', Addressing Filicide: the Fourth International Conference for Cross National Dialogue, 14 November 2019, Melbourne, Australia (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2017Nagy V, Piper AJ, 'Rural and Urban Female Offending in Victoria 1860-1920', The 30th annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference, 5 - 8 December 2017, Canberra, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2011Nagy V, 'Making the case for a Feminist Historical Criminology', Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, 8-11 December 2011, Melbourne, Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2020Nagy V, 'Homicide offender recidivism: a rapid evidence assessment', Office of the Custodial Inspector Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia (2020) [Consultants Report]

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Other Public Output

(11 outputs)
2021Nagy V, 'COVID-19 - Tasmania's criminal justice system & Tasmania's safety', The Examiner, Australian Community Media, Australia, 10 September 2021, pp. 1-3. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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2017Nagy V, 'Blog: The Essex poisoning ring', Australian Women's History Network, online, 6 June (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2017Piper A, Nagy V, 'Blog: Disorderly women, broken windows and social outcasts', Australian Women's History Network, online, 18 October (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2016Nagy N, Stathopoulos M, 'Report to Women NSW on Australian Sexual Violence Initiatives (unpublished report)', Women NSW, Australia (2016) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2015Nagy V, 'Blog: The Essex Poisoning Cases 1846-1851', Journal of Victorian Culture, online, 25, 1 (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2015Quadara A, Nagy V, Higgins Daryl, Siegel N, 'Conceptualising the prevention of child sexual abuse: Final report', Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Research Report No. 33, pp. 1-74. (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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2014Nagy V, 'The relationship between sexual victimisation in childhood and subsequent sexual offending (unpublished report for ANROWS)', Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2013Quadara A, Higgins D, Nagy V, Lykhina A, 'Child sexual abuse: Summary of adult survivors' therapeutic needs', Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Report Other]

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2013Quadara A, Higgins D, Nagy V, Lykhina A, Wall L, 'Therapeutic needs of adult survivors of child sexual abuse: Implications for service provision (unpublished report)', Report to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2013Quadara A, Nagy V, Breckenridge J, 'Report to National Centre for Excellence on State of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Research in Australia. (unpublished report to ANROWS and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)' (2013) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2012Powell A, Nagy V, 'The Harms of Indoor Prostitution for Women: A Research Review (unpublished report for Project Respect)' (2012) [Report of Restricted Access]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The Inception of Criminal Deportation in Colonial Australia (2023 - 2025)$209,744
This project aims to undertake the first comprehensive study of criminal deportation in colonial Australia. Expectedoutcomes include new knowledge on freely arrived colonists who were tried, sentenced to transportation, andcriminally deported within the Australian colonies. The project spans the disciplines of history and criminology,developing a new methodological framework that aims to facilitate important insights on the societal attitudes,systems, and circumstances that led to criminal deportation. This should provide significant benefits by articulatingthe unexplored deep history of Australian criminal deportation practices. The project also aims to preserve fragilecolonial documents foundational to the nation's history.
Australian Research Council ($209,744)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harman KE; Nagy VM
2023 - 2025
Grant Reference
Female Life Course Offending Patterns in 19th and early 20th Century Australia (2019)$8,018
The project will bring together and link large databases of known female offenders in Victoria and Tasmania during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It will also provide a timely opportunity to search for further information about these offenders in press reports from that era and link offenders to other administrative datasets, including births deaths and marriages. The project will establish the necessary data series and associated tools to enable a critical analysis of the manner in which women have interacted as offenders with the criminal justice system over the course of two centuries.
University of Tasmania ($8,018)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nagy VM; Maxwell-Stewart HJ; Wilson DM

Research Supervision

Previous supervisions at Honours level have included topics about sexual violence prevention, female prisoners, COVID-19 responses for prisoners, and prisoner illiteracy.

PhD supervisions have included historical criminology topics such as separate treatment of transported convicts and juvenile convict life-course analysis. Vicky is especially keen to hear from potential HDR students who have an interest in historical criminology, popular culture and crime, sexual violence (including child sexual abuse), and women’s offending.






PhDCrime, Deviance and Other Socio-Cultural Transgressions in Extreme and Remote Environments2022
PhDDynamics of Motherhood: Connections, Experiences, and Breaking the Cycle2022
PhDNineteenth Century Convict Scar and Injury Patterns2022
MastersUnaccompanied Homeless Children and Young People in the Tasmanian Criminal Justice System: issues and trajectories of those held on remand2023


PhDUseful and Worthy Members of the Colony? The life courses of Point Puer boys who remained in Tasmania
Candidate: Alistair Edward Scott
PhDContesting the Legacy of Separate Treatment: Prisoner health during and after the Pentonville prison experiment, 18429
Candidate: Honey Grace Irene Dower