Gráinne Perkins, PhD

Grainne Perkins

PhD, Criminology

Adjunct Professor

Building/Room: Casey 320


After 5 years conducting doctoral research at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Gráinne moved to Seattle in 2017. An Irish native, she spent 15 years in the Irish police service and was last posted as a detective sergeant assigned to Interpol. Her doctoral research examines the risk and danger encountered by members of the South African Police Service in their daily routines. Through the lens of police murders, police perceptions, experiences of danger and death, and subsequent responses to danger are explored. The research findings speak to the administrative, material, social and symbolic dimensions of danger. Gráinne’s interests reflect the diversity of her own professional and academic background where restorative justice, governance mechanisms in policing, and memorialization feature. In her spare time, she works as a volunteer at an elders program in Seattle and is also hoping to work with the IF project in the near future. On a more abstract note, Gráinne is also a certified record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records.