Serene Richards

Visiting Lecturer of Legal Studies Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: sjr419@nyu.edu
Education: BA University College London; LLM Birkbeck College, University of London; PhD Birkbeck College, University of London

Research Areas: legal history; philosophy; social and political theory; history of ideas; law and humanities


Serene Richards is a Visiting Lecturer of Legal Studies at NYUAD. She has previously been an Associate Lecturer teaching at both Birkbeck College and Goldsmiths on topics including the political and cultural study of law, surveillance and urbanization, and philosophical perspectives of migration law.

Her scholarship is comparative and theoretically informed drawing from contemporary French and Italian philosophy, legal and political theory, and early modern history. Serene’s doctoral thesis, Life, Language, Law: The Invention of Dangerous Classes examined literary narratives on poverty in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Paris, to elucidate a genealogy of conduct and administration of life.

Serene is currently developing an ongoing research project tracing the relationship between the history of statistics, pre-emptive policing, race, and mental health. She is also collaborating on a publication exploring the history of French institutional psychotherapy and legal subjectivities.