Dr Felia Allum is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Politics in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Brunel University when she was awarded her PHD, then a lecturer in European Politics at the University of Leeds before joining the University of Bath in 2002.
She has been recognised for her innovative teaching methods. In July 2016, she was awarded the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award by the University of Bath and in April 2019 she received the Jennie Lee Prize for Outstanding Teaching from the Political Studies Association (UK).
Her research interests relate to West European Politics, organised crime, Italian mafias (the Neapolitan Camorra), gender and political corruption. She has published two monographs: Camorristi, Politicians and Businessmen, The Transformation of Organized Crime in Post-War Naples (Northern Universities Press, 2006; in Italian, Il Crimine Organizato a Napoli, Napoli: L’Ancora, 2011) and The Invisible Camorra, Neapolitan Crime Families Across Europe (Itaca: Cornell University Press, 2016) which won the Outstanding Book Award 2017, given by the International Division, American Society of Criminology.
Dr Allum has also edited five volumes on various aspects of organised crime and written academic articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the steering committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, and between 2018 and 2021 she is a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow focusing on gender and organised crime.