Ms Khadijah Manasseh

Research project: Towards an Understanding of Race and Sentencing


The available evidence seems to suggest that there are marked disparities in sentencing between people of colour and non-people of colour. The data appears to suggest that there seems to be no ostensible justification for the noted differences.[1] The underlying argument for this is laid out by Hogarth, he argues that the main issue relating to disparities in sentencing is the issue of judges handing down different sentences for the same crime, according to a person's race.[2] The data yielded by this research provides strong evidence that confirms the findings from a report by the United States President's Commission, the committee concluded that one of the hardest jobs within the judicial process is sentencing.[3]  To further this argument, research denotes that this can be complicated when race is in the background of the sentencing process.[4]

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Towards an Understanding of Race and Sentencing
  • Research supervisor: Dr Kevin Barker
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Philip Harris


Currently I am a doctoral researcher in the department of Law. My primary research is based on the disproportionality of sentencing people of colour. The central element of my research is based in critical race theory. I am also interested and invested in the normalisation of racism in mainstream society. I have also been extensively involved in Policy Work at the Government levels in relation to Criminal Justice, Youth Services and Education. 

Areas of research interest

  • Sentencing
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Social Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Jurisprudence


  • LLM Human Rights
  • MA Christian Theology
  • PGD Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
  • BA Broadcast Journalism
  • BA Islamic Studies
  • Diploma in Teaching