David has worked at UCLan Criminology in January 2002. He researches criminal justice history, and has published a number of articles relating to petitions and pardons (1819-1840). He is currently co-writing 'A History of English Prisons and Workhouses in the Nineteenth-century for Bloomsbury Press.
David currently teaches and leads on a variety of 2nd & 3rd year modules on the criminology and sociology courses including Understanding Policing, Research Methods, Understanding State Crime and Genocide and Understanding Security and Policing. He also contributes to year one and theory modules on the criminology programme, and co-leads the Theory and Methods module for the taught masters in criminology. David is director of studies/supervisor for a number of post graduate students. Finally, he is jointly responsible liaison for liaison with partner colleges.
David joined UCLan criminology in 2002 from Edge Hill University where he taught History and Criminology. He was also archivist for the Hillsborough (later disasters) Archive and worked on the National Violence Project with John Archer. Since joining UCLan Criminology, he has been subject leader and course leader for the joint Sociology and Criminology degree. He has been closely involved in undergraduate and postgraduate course development since the beginning of his tenure.