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Dan Petrosian is a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology & Sociology at the University of Westminster, Associate Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has formerly worked with British Convict Criminology (BCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service in Hertfordshire.


BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice: University of Westminster

MA (Res) in Criminology: University of Kent

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE): University of Westminster


Virtual office hours: Thursdays 12:00 - 14:00

Since joining the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster, Dan has been involved in a variety of teaching and module leading initiatives. In July 2021, he is co-leading the Crime and the London Underworld summer school module.

He has more widely been involved with teaching on the following modules:

  • Sociological Foundations: Society, Risk and Crime
  • Crime and Society
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • Researching Crime and Justice
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Psychology, Crime and the Popular Imagination
  • Politics, Protest and the Public Sphere


Dan is a critical criminologist and anti-racism activist. His main fields of interest are in crime and social harm, frame analysis, qualitative research methods, progressive social movements, video activism, right-wing populism and post-truth politics. He is a member of the Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) at The Open University.

Currently, Dan is writing a PhD thesis at the University of Westminster titled:

"Video Activism: The progressive anti-racist movement in the United Kingdom, framing of immigration and production of counterhegemonic knowledge"

He has also previously conducted the following studies:

Petrosian, V. (2015). Occupy Democracy: A Study of New Media Use by a Sub-branch of the Occupy London Movement. University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. Canterbury: University of Kent.

Petrosian, V. (2014). A Study of Citizen Journalism: Challenging the "Official Truth"? University of Westminster, Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages. London: University of Westminster.