Natasha is a first year PhD student at Queens School of Law, funded by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL). Natasha completed her LLB degree in 2014, graduating from Liverpool John Moore’s with a First Class Honours. She then completed her Masters in Human Rights and Criminal Justice at Queens University Belfast, where she was awarded the James MacQuitty Law Scholarship.
Natasha’s main interests are drawn from gender, criminal justice and criminology. As such, her PhD is focused on how the language used in the media and the criminal justice system is used in relation to mothers whom have suffered the loss of their children at the hands of an abuser. Natasha aims to analysis the language used to establish if, and to what extent, the cultural intelligibility behind the text assists in producing ‘mother blaming’ discourse which ultimately re-victimises the mothers involved.