Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Mrs Leah Fox

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Judicial Studies (New York), MA (distinction) in Criminal Justice, Law and Policing (New York), MBA in Business Administration (Warwick), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Role Title: Teaching Fellow in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3911
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Leah is a Teaching Fellow in Criminology and Criminal Justice within the ICJS. She is also a PhD doctoral candidate conducting research concerning parental deception in the child safeguarding context.

In 2007, Leah was awarded a combined BSc (Hons)/MA (with distinction) degree by the City University of New York. In 2012, she was awarded a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) by the University of Warwick in the UK with a dissertation on the strategic and economic impact of outsourcing on the police services in England and Wales. Before joining the ICJS, Leah was a child protection case manager in the United States, and prior to that, served as Operations Manager of the Independent Child Protection Investigation Service in Wales, thereby managing a team conducting child safeguarding enquiries in schools on behalf of the Welsh Government.

As well as teaching at the University of Portsmouth, Leah has been an adjunct lecturer with Fairleigh Dickinson University in USA, teaching Social Service Advocacy to undergraduate students.

In her current role as Study Abroad Coordinator at the ICJS, Leah is responsible for selecting students for outward exchange mobility to partner institutions in Europe, North America and Asia and acting as a contact point for incoming exchange students with regards to academic matters.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Unit Coordinator for Intelligence Analysis (undergraduate, final year)
  • Teaches a range of core and optional units across undergraduate courses in Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology
  • Dissertation supervisor for undergraduate students across all criminology programmes
  • Personal tutor for undergraduate students


  • Child safeguarding
  • Youth justice
  • Deception
  • Multiagency working
  • Private policing