Antje Deckert

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Senior Lecturer Criminology

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6852

Email: antje.deckert@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room WT 1411, Level 14 AUT Tower, Cnr Rutland & Wakefield Streets, City Campus, Auckland 1142



Qualifications:

  • PhD in Criminal Law/Criminology from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany   
  • LL.M. (International Criminal Law) from Victoria University Wellington/New Zealand
  • Bar Exam before the District Court Brandenburg, Brandenburg, Germany
  • LL.B./BA Crim(Hons) from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Biography:

Antje's understanding of crime and criminology is influenced by her strong legal background, including four years of legal practice in Germany specialising in criminal law and criminal defense.


She completed her PhD in 2009. Her thesis is entitled "Criminal Behaviour and Penal Legislation: Illustrated by Drawing on the Example of the Misuse of Foreign Diplomatic Passports," which focuses on the definition of criminal behaviour in the context of penal legislation in constitutional societies.


Since the completion of her PhD, Antje has been teaching casually in the Social Sciences department. In 2011, she joined the department as a permanent staff member.

Teaching Areas:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Understanding Restorative Justice
  • Prisons and Punishment

In the spirit of "research by Māori, for Māori,  with Māori" Antje has supervised four MA theses by Indigenous postgraduate  students to completion and is currently supervising the PhD thesis of a  Canadian First Nations scholar.

Research Areas:

Antje's current research interest concerns mainstream criminological discourse and its interactions with Indigenous peoples and Indigenous epistemologies; more specifically whether it contributes to the marginalization of Indigenous peoples in society.


She is also interested in identity narratives; how they impact on offenders' persistence and desistance from crime; and what functions they may have in relation to a range of violent behaviours.

Since 2015, Antje has also been serving as a research advisor to the Grace Foundation — a kaupapa Māori based wrap-around service for recently released prisoners.

Current Research Projects:

  • Mainstream media discourses about criminal offenders of Māori and Pacific descent
  • Narratives on desistance by formerly incarcerated New Zealand men and women (book project)
  • Knowledge transfer between academic criminology and the policy sector
  • Empowering research methods
  • Fighting saved my life: Narratives of female fighters on violence and femininity.

Publications:

Journal articles

(peer-reviewed)

  • Deckert, A. (2017). A level playing field: Conceptualizing an empowering research framework for criminologists who engage with marginalized communities. Critical Criminology, 25(4), 559-575.
  • Deckert, A. (2015). Criminologists, duct tape and Indigenous peoples: Quantifying the use of silencing research methods. International Journal of Comparative & Applied Criminal Justice, 40(1), 43—62.
  • Deckert, A. (2014). Neo-colonial criminology: Quantifying the silence. The African Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Special Issue: Indigenous Perspectives and Counter Colonial Criminology, 8(1), 39—60.
  • Deckert, A., & Wood, W. (2013). Socrates in Aotearoa: Teaching restorative justice in New Zealand. Contemporary Justice Review, 16(1), 70—90.
    Deckert, A. (2013). Zum Strafwürdigkeitsbegriffs im Kontext legislativer Kriminalisierungsentscheidungen im Verfassungsstaat. Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik, 8(6), 266—275.

Monographs and Edited Collections

  • Deckert, A., & Sarre, R., eds. (2017). The Australian and New Zealand Handbook of Criminology, Crime and Justice. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Deckert, A., & Sarre, R., eds. (forthcoming). The Australian and New Zealand Handbook of Criminology, Crime and Justice. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Deckert, A. (2009). Strafwürdigkeit und Strafgesetzgebung: dargestellt am Beispiel des Vortäuschens diplomatischer Immunität. Göttingen: Cuvillier Verlag.

Contributions to Edited Collections (peer-reviewed)

  • Buttle, J., & Deckert, A. (2017). Police accountability in New Zealand. In A. Deckert & R. Sarre The Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Buttle, J., & Deckert, A. (forthcoming). Police accountability in New Zealand. In A. Deckert & R. Sarre The Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Deckert, A. (forthcoming). Neo-colonial criminology: Quantifying the silence. In J. Shantz & L. Monchalin (Eds.) Anti-Colonial Criminology. Canada.
  • Deckert, A. (2014). Desistance. In J. M. Miller (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology (Vol. 1, pp. 251—256). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Deckert, A. (2014). Violent crime. In J. M. Miller (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology (Vol. 2, pp. 917—920). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Deckert, A. (2013). News media and domestic violence. In L. Finley (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse (pp. 362—366). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
  • Deckert, A. (2012). Reports on prison conditions. In W. R. Miller (Ed.), Social history of punishment and crime in America (pp. 1536—1541). Washington, DC: Sage Reference.
  • Deckert, A., & Wood, W. (2011). Prison privatization and contract facilities. In W. J. Chambliss (Ed.) Corrections (pp. 219—231). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Papers in conference proceedings and conference presentations

  • Deckert, A. (2016, 30 November – 3 December). Don't matter if you're Black or White: Othering of First Nation peoples in mainstream criminology journals. Paper presented at the 28th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Hobart, Australia.
  • Deckert, A. (2016, 16–19 November). The empowering research framework. Paper presented at the Annual American Society of Criminology Conference, New Orleans, US.
  • Deckert, A. (2015, November 25—27). Walking the talk and stumbling: Fallacies of empowering research in criminology. Paper presented at the 27th Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Deckert, A., Roguski, M., Stone, B., & Wilson, M. (2015, February 9). Obstacles to desistance and empowerment through research. Paper presented at the Second New Zealand Criminology Symposium: Communities and collaborations, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ.
  • Deckert, A. (2014, November 18—22). Neo-colonial criminology: Silencing Native American Voices. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, US.

Book reviews

  • Deckert, A. (2017). Review of the book ‘Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand’ by G. Newbold. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50(4), 630–632.
  • Deckert, A. (2016). Review of the book 'Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles' by C. Land. State Crime Journal, 5(2), 308–311.
  • Deckert, A. (2013). Review of the book 'The Prisoner' by B. Crewe & J. Bennett. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 46(2), 309—311.

Blog posts

Invited presentations

  • 2017 Visiting International Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2017 Visiting Professor at ActKnowledge and the Center for Theory of Change at the City University of New York, US
  • 2015 Neo-colonial criminology: Quantifying the silence. Department of Criminology and the Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • 2015 Neo-colonial criminology: Quantifying the silence. Institute for Criminological and Social Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2014 Neo-colonial criminology: Silencing Native American voices. Department of American Indian Studies, Washington State University, Seattle, US.
  • 2014 Neo-colonial criminology: Silencing Native American voices. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, US.
  • 2013 Academic writing and publishing, 7th ANZSOC Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Awards:

  • 2017 Visiting International Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2015 Nominee for the New Zealand White Ribbon Award. Category: Individuals who make a difference in the organisation they belong to.
  • 2014 AUT Faculty of Culture and Society Annual Awards, Excellence in Research Award (Emerging Researcher) (NZD1200).
  • 2013 Dae H. Chang International Visiting Scholar, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, US.
  • 2012 AUT Faculty of Culture and Society Annual Awards, Excellence in Teaching Award (New Teacher) (NZD1,500).