Vicky Nagy

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Vicky Nagy

Lecturer in Criminology

Room 435 , Social Sciences Building

6226 6810 (phone)

Dr Vicky Nagy is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences. Her book Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners: Three Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.


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. Before undertaking her PhD studies, Vicky was a lecturer at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Her research areas are focused on female offending, historical criminology, as well as sexual violence, child sexual abuse, digital sexual harassment, feminist criminology practices, and criminological teaching and learning practices.

Career summary


Degree Thesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD   Monash University Australia 19/04/2012
MA   Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest Hungary 7/02/2007

Languages (other than English)

Hungarian (fluent), French (basic)


Professional practice

  • ANZSOC- Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • AHA- Australian History Association
  • ANZLHS- Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society


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

Teaching expertise

  • Crime Prevention
  • Terrorism
  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice
  • Crime, Victims and Justice
  • Crime and Information Technology

View more on Dr Vicky Nagy in WARP


  • Female Offending
  • Sexual Violence (Perpetration/Victimisation)
  • Historical Criminology
  • Child Sexual Abuse (Perpetration/Victimisation)
  • Teaching and Learning in Criminology
  • Victims of crime
  • Crime and Popular Culture


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.


  • Postgraduate Publications Award (Monash University, 2011)
  • Outstanding MA Thesis Award (Eotvos Lorand University, 2006)

Fields of Research

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

Research Objectives

  • Criminal justice (230403)
  • Crime prevention (230402)
  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Families and family services (230107)
  • Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Law reform (230405)
  • Rehabilitation and correctional services (230408)
  • Understanding Europe's past (130704)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Law enforcement (230404)


Total publications


Journal Article

(12 outputs)
2021Nagy V, 'Homicide in Victoria: Female perpetrators of murder and manslaughter, 1860 to 1920', Journal of Interdisciplinary History pp. 1-24. ISSN 0022-1953 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1162/jinh_a_01592 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


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

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2021.1874603 [eCite] [Details]


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]


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]


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 - 2Web of Science - 2


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]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


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 - 3Web of Science - 4


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 - 5Web of Science - 5


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 - 1Web of Science - 1


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 - 4Web of Science - 4


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 - 3Web of Science - 2



(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 - 7


Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
2021Nagy VM, 'Making the case for a feminist historical criminology: female homicide offending in Victoria 1860-1920', Researching Crime & History: The Utility of History to Modern Crime and Criminal Justice Research, Emerald Publishing Limited, T Kehoe and J Pfeifer (ed), United Kingdom (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

[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]



(2 outputs)
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]

[eCite] [Details]

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]

[eCite] [Details]


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]

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Other Public Output

(10 outputs)
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



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




PhDUseful and Worthy Members of the Colony? The life courses of Point Puer boys who remained in Van Diemen's Land2020
PhDThe Impact of Sensory Deprivation Punishments on the Health of Port Arthur Convicts2020