The most frequently asked questions of Rosemary Barberet are 'Where are you from?' and 'Where are you now?' That is because Rosemary was born in Connecticut (USA) but with Irish, German and French ancestors, has Spanish citizenship, speaks French and Spanish besides English and commutes at weekends to her husband and two boys in Madrid.
Rosemary was brought up in a family committed to foreign language teaching, and originally planned to do the same, studying French, Spanish and Russian for her first degree. However, a stint as a jail volunteer in her first year of university, plus a fascinating Introduction to Criminology course with English native Piers Beirne attracted her to criminology.
Rosemary's Masters degree involved a six-month stay at a reform school in Spain run by friars, and her PhD thesis was an analysis of violent crime in Spain before, during and after the transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Rosemary left the United States in 1990 and moved to Spain with her husband. She first lectured for Spainís first Masters degree programme in Criminology at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete (1990-1995) and then became research director and lecturer at the Andalusian Institute of Criminology at the University of Seville (1995-2000).
During her time in Spain she
was involved in a series of pioneering projects,
such as Spainís first national self-report youth
offending survey and Spainís first violence
against women survey. She defines herself as
a Ďgeneralistí and her research has also
covered business crime, prostitution, women
prisoners and cocaine trafficking.
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