DR Claire Spivakovsky

DR Claire Spivakovsky


  • Disability, Violence and Law
  • Punishment, Confinement and Social Control
  • Race, Risk and Prisons



  • Claire Spivakovsky is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Claire has worked in academia, the community sector, and the government sector, developing a range of social and criminal justice projects which advocated for the rights and needs of marginalized populations. Claire’s research expertise extends across the broad fields of punishment, imprisonment, detention and social control and she specialises in issues relating to disability and law and race and crime. Claire’s work looks beyond the repeatedly documented over-representation of racialised and disabled bodies in the criminal justice system to consider how the criminal law is but one of the tools by which these populations are being contained and controlled at this time. Claire’s research follows this interest across a wide spectrum of topics, from the inclusive education of children with disability, to the everyday practices of disability group homes, the development of specialist mental health court procedures in the criminal justice system, and the imprisonment of racialised minorities.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • Grad Cert, Monash University 2014
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 2005

Awards and honors

  • Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher, Monash University, 2015
  • Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Monash University, 2014
  • Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Deakin University, 2009
  • Faculty of Arts Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Evaluations, Deakin University, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am particularly interested in co-supervising work in the following areas: Civil or Criminal justice responses to people with disability; Violence against people with disability; Access to the NDIS for people with complex needs; Criminal justice responses to racialised populations; Civil detention and legally-hybrid measures of social control.