Thomas Mathiesen, Jac. Aallsgt. 46, 0364 Oslo 3, Norway.
Home telephone: 22 60 56 85.
Born 5 October 1933.
Married to Erla B. Smári, born 4 April 1953, from Iceland.
Two children, Snorre and Sindre Smári Mathiesen, both born
19 October 1989.
Office address: University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department
of Criminology and Sociology of Law, St. Olavs pl. 5 0130 Oslo,
P.O.Box 6706 St. Olavs pl., 0130 Oslo.
Office telephone: 22 85 01 16
Office fax: 22 85 02 02
Examen artium, Stabekk høyere almenskole, Bærum Norway
B.A. in sociology, University of Wisconsin 1955, followed by graduate
work in sociology.
Magistergrad in sociology (with psychology and social anthropology
as minor subjects), University of Oslo 1958.
Dr. philos (sociology), University of Oslo 1965.
Member of Phi Beta Kappa 1955 (University of Wisconsin) in recognition
of high attainments in liberal scholarship.
Receiver of the Denis Carroll prize at the World Congress of the
International Criminological Society in 1978, for the book The
Politics of Abolition (1974).
Receiver of the Zola-prize 2003.
Honorary doctor at Lund University, Sweden May 2003.
Research assistant, Institute for Social Research, Oslo 1959-1960.
Research Fellow, Norwegian Research Council for Science and the
Humanities, with location at the Institute for Social Research,
University Research Fellow, University of Oslo, with location at
the Institute for Social Research, Oslo, 1965-1969.
Senior Research Supervisor, Institute for Social Research, Oslo,
Full professor of sociology of law, Faculty of law, University
of Oslo, since 1972; professor emeritus since 1 January 2004.
Guest professorships/guest lectures:
Visiting assistant professor of sociology, University of California
at Santa Barbara, Spring 1967.
Visiting full professor of criminology, University of California
at Berkeley, Spring 1975.
Visiting full professor of sociology, University of Tromsø,
Norway, Spring 1980.
Visiting full professor of sociology of law, University of Warzawa,
Poland, Spring 1988.
Visiting full professor of criminology, University of Bremen, Germany,
Guest lectures given i.a. at the universities of Tromsø,
Trondheim, Copenhagen, Århus, Aalborg, Stockholm, Gøteborg,
Lund, Umeå, York, Leeds, Southhampton, Edinburgh, Hamburg,
Leiden, Bremen, Frankfurt, Perugia, Torino, Berlin, Sao Paulo, La
Plata as well as many other universities and colleges in Europe
and the Americas, in addition to guest lectures at a number of colleges
inside and outside Norway
Professional papers presented at international conferences in sociology,
criminology and sociology of law in Tromsø, Uppsala, Copenhagen,
Århus, Bonn, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Rostock, Cardiff,
Londonderry, Madrid, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Firenze, Milano,
Toronto, Helsinki, La Plata, Tampere, Oxford, London and other places
in Europe and elsewhere.
Main research areas:
Sociology of law and criminology, the development of international
surveillance systems, action research involving organizational and
political work with prisoners (see below), the sociology of the
mass media, the sociology of power and counter-power.
Membership (past or present) of advisory boards/scientific boards
of the following professional journals:
Tidsskrift för rättssociologi (Journal of Sociology
of Law, Swedish), Social Kritik (Social Critique, Danish;at
present), Journal of Law and Society (British), Dei
delitti e delle pene (Italian), Sociologia del Diritto (Italian,
listed among ”corrispondenti”), Law in Context
(Australian), Social Justice (American; at present),
Contemporary Justice Review (American), Punishment &
Society (American; at present), The British Journal
of Criminology (British; at present).
Other professional activities:
The author of a large number of newspaper articles on control policy,
criminal policy, criminology and sociology of law in the major Scandinavian
(especially Swedish and Norwegian) newspapers.
Member of the Norwegian Criminological Society.
Member of Rettspolitisk forening
Member of KROM - The Norwegian Association for Penal Reform, since
its inception in 1968. One of the founders of this organization,
and its first chairman, from 1968 until 1973. The organization organizes
prisoners, ex-prisoners and non-prisoners in penal reform work,
and has served as a model for similar organizational activities
in several other countries, including Germany and the Netherlands.
My participation in KROM has been very active; in that capacity
I have participated in drawing up the platform of the organization,
in planning its criminal policy conferences (in all, 35 such conferences
have been organized between 1968 and 2005; they have all been large
meetings, many of them with Scandinavian participation, one with
German participation, one with US participation, one with British
participation), in organizing a large number of criminal policy
meetings in Oslo, and in writing several books and a number of articles
on the sociological development of the organization.
My participation in the organization has served as a basis for
radical action research, where information obtained about the penal
system has been systematized in article and book form and fed back
to the organization and to organizational and sociological theory.