Felia Allum is professor of comparative organised crime and corruption 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.
Her research interests relate to West European Politics, organised crime, Italian mafias (the Neapolitan Camorra), gender and political corruption.
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).
She has previously published two monographs: Camorristi, Politicians and Businessmen, The Transformation of Organized Crime in Post-War Naples (Northern Universities Press, 2006; in Italian, Il crimine organizzato 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.
Between 2018 and 2022, she was a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow focusing on gender and organised crime. In 2022, she published with Anna Micthell a graphic narrative entitled 'Graphic Narratives of Organised Crime, Gender and Power in Europe Discarded Footnotes' (Routledge) and in 2024, Cornell University Press will publish 'Women of the mafia, Influence and power in the Neapolitan Camorra'. Both monographs are the results of her Leverhulme-funded research.
Professor 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.