Dr Cassie Pedersen

Cassie Pedersen

Position: Lecturer, Criminology & Criminal Justice
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, Room H238
Phone: 5327 6927
Email: c.pedersen@federation.edu.au
ORCID ID:  0000-0003-2779-929X


Doctor of Philosophy - Federation University, 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Ballarat, 2012

Bachelor of Arts - Australian Catholic University, 2010



  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice Management


  • Explanations of Crime (CRJUS1287)
  • Justice Responses to Difference (CRJUS3303)
  • Young People: Risk to Corrections (CRJUS3202)
  • Punishment, Penalty and Rehabilitation (CRJUS2300)
  • Crime to Punishment: Processes and Institutions (CRJUS1285)


Cassie Pedersen is an Early Career Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Trauma Theory in 2017 after being awarded a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in 2012.

Cassie began her teaching career across a range of disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences, before being appointed as a Scholarly Teaching Fellow in 2020. She assumed the position of a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2022.

Cassie has presented at a range of national and international conferences on the topics of trauma, witness testimony, and the role of non-human animals within criminological inquiry.

Areas of expertise

Cassie’s expertise centres on exposing extraordinary harms embedded within ordinary and routine practices. This informed Cassie’s PhD thesis titled, The Immanence of Traumatic Rupture: From the Extra/Ordinary to the Originary, and her more recent analysis of the extra/ordinary harms of the industrialised production and consumption of non-human animals. Cassie’s recent work utilises a green criminological lens to develop a non-speciesist criminology of routine animal harms.

Cassie also holds special interest in Queer Theory and the means through which normative gender roles and sexualities are interpellated through power-knowledge relations.

Research interests

  • Green Criminology
  • Rural Criminology
  • Animal Rights and Activism
  • Non-Human Victims of Crime
  • Zemiology
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Trauma Theory
  • Trauma-Informed Pedagogies


PhDs –

J. Nicholls - Women's experiences of health care in the prison system in Victoria: Do they align with through-care principles and human rights frameworks? (Associate supervisor)

L. Morella - Paternal filicide in the context of separation (Associate Supervisor)



Harkness, A., Peterson, J. Bowden, M., Pedersen, C., & Donnermeyer, J. (Eds.). (2022). Encyclopedia of rural crime. Bristol University Press.

Refereed journal articles

Pedersen, C. & White, R. (2021). Discourses of discord: Animal activism and moral judgement. International Criminology, 1(13), 178-192. https://doi.org/10.1007/s43576-021-00027-w

Book chapters

Pedersen, C.(2022). People who identify as LGBTIQA+. In A. Harkness, J. Peterson, M. Bowden, C. Pedersen & J. Donnermeyer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of rural crime. Bristol University Press.

Pedersen, C. (Forthcoming). Speciesism. In R. White (Ed.), Encyclopedia of environmental crime. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Pedersen, C. (2019). Unspeakable banality: Discourse in dispute. In K. Dihal (Ed.), Perspectives on evil: From banality to genocide (pp. 31–52). Brill Press.

Pedersen, C. (2019). Encountering trauma ‘too soon’ and ‘too late.’ In D. Schaub, J. Linder, K. Novak, S. Tam & C. Zanini (Eds.), Topography of trauma: Fissures, disruptions and transfigurations (pp. 25–44). Brill Press.

Pedersen, C. (2019). Ruptures in understanding: The banality of evil and the ‘differend.’ In K. Bone & R. Grieg (Eds.), I want to do bad things: Modern interpretations of evil (pp. 21–31). Brill Press.

Pedersen, C. (2017). Screening tourist encounters: Penal spectatorship and the visual cultures of Auschwitz. In J. Piché, S. Hodgkinson, J.Z. Wilson & K. Walby (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of prison tourism (pp. 131–151). Palgrave Macmillan.

Pedersen, C. (2013). The gender panopticon from within. In J. Lunn, S. Bizjak & S. Summers (Eds.), Changing facts: Changing minds; changing worlds (pp. 270–282). Black Swan Press.


Camilleri, M. & Pedersen, C. (2019). Hear us: The experiences of persons with complex communication needs in accessing justice. Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner.

Patil, T., Mummery, J. Pedersen, C. & Camilleri, M. (2019). Exploring the lived experiences of migrants in regional Victoria, Australia. Evolve Strategic Multicultural Capacity Building Partnerships.

Patil, T., Mummery, J. Pedersen, C. & Ramsay, G. (2018). Report on the City of Ballarat’s Multicultural Ambassador Program (MAP). City of Ballarat Council.


  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)
  • International Society for the Study of Rural Crime (ISSRC)