Kelley Moult

Associate Professor

Room 6.33 - Kramer Law Building

Kelley Moult is an Associate Professor of Criminology and the Director of the Centre of Criminology. She  holds a PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from American University in Washington, DC; an MA in Criminal Justice from George Washington University; and a BSocSci (Hons) in Criminology from the University of Cape Town.

Kelley is the progamme convenor for the LLM/MPhil in Criminology, Law and Society, and supervises at both Masters and PhD levels.

Kelley has twenty years' experience in research on gender-based violence, law reform and implementation in South Africa, and includes empirical studies on criminal justice personnel (particularly court clerks), discretion and the administration of justice. She is interested in the state response to domestic violence and sexual offences, including the intersections of state and non-state justice systems. Other recent work includes Southern African regional projects on child marriage, and on sexual and reproductive rights and the law.

She is the editor of South African Crime Quarterly and is a Trustee of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust.

Expertise/ Research Interests

Gender, violence and the law; state and non-state justice responses to violence against women; criminology theory; law reform and implementation; forensics and the law; deviance and social control; qualitative research methods; research ethics.


Kelley’s teaching in the Faculty is strongly focused on bringing current research into the classroom, and on fostering new generations of criminologists and socio-legal scholars. She currently teaches:

PBL5820F Theories of Crime and Social Order

PBL5849F Law in Action: Research Methods

PBL5847S Forensics and the Law

She acts as a methods advisor to students and staff who undertake empirical research and is the chair of the Law Faculty Research Ethics Committee.