Mary obtained her degree from St Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford, where she has worked since 1985. In 1995 she worked as a head of the Ford Foundation’s Moscow office, which supported human rights and legal reforms in the country. In May 2002 she returned to London, where, as an Associate at the International Centre for Prison Studies at the University of London, she wrote on juvenile justice. Her publications include Children in Custody: Anglo-Russian Perspectives, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2009), Russia’s Politics of Uncertainty (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Soviet Politics 1917-1991 (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Human Rights in Russia: Citizens and the State from Perestroika to Putin (I.B.Tauris, 2015). She is the author of many publications on political history in the USSR and Russia, as well as criminal law and its enforcement before and after the fall of the Soviet Union. Mary McAuley is a known specialist in international humanitarian law and historical memory in Russia.