Hannah completed her BA (hons) History and Sociology, MA Criminology, MA Sociological Research and PhD Criminology at the University of Essex. She has taught at higher education level for over ten years on subjects including research methods, victimology, the criminal justice system and criminological theory. She previously taught at the University of Roehampton where she convened the criminology programme.
Her research focuses on the development of hate crime legislation with a particular focus on gender and disability related violence. Hannah gave evidence to the Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry into Disablist Violence and was joint convener of landmark “Disablist Hate Crime Seminar Series” with Prof Alan Roulstone of De Montfort University. She has appeared on BBC radio to discuss Disability Hate Crime and provided consultancy for Channel 4, BBC South and BBC Wales documentaries.