Dr Anthony Ellis

Dr Anthony Ellis

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

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Anthony was born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. He studied Criminology and Sociology at the University of Liverpool and graduated with honours in 2005. After graduating Anthony began working as a youth worker in a technical college and continued studying on a part time basis for a Master’s degree in Sociological Research Methods at the University of Sheffield. After gaining his Master’s in 2007 he spent three years working as a Social Researcher for the National Children’s Bureau in London. Anthony returned to South Yorkshire in 2010 and secured a White Rose Network doctoral scholarship from the University of Sheffield. Anthony completed his PhD in February 2014. His thesis was entitled ‘Handy Lads’ and was based upon an ethnographic research study of men involved in serious violence and crime in the North of England. He joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in August 2014.       


Thinking Sociologically

Human Rights, Citizenship and Struggle

Research Problems and Methods 1

Violence in Society

Social Divisions

Research Interests

Anthony is an ethnographer who studies criminal, deviant and violent behaviour. His research interests are broad and include the links between masculinities, crime and violence; organized and professional crime; football violence; social exclusion and marginality; the night time economy; and consumerism.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (with hons) Criminology and Sociology, University of Liverpool

MA in Sociological Research Methods, University of Sheffield

PhD, University of Sheffield


Ellis, A (2015) Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study. London: Routledge

Ellis, A (2013) Researching Men’s Violence: An Integrated Approach to Dangerous Subjectivities. In Crawford, A De Maillard, J Shapland, J Verhage, A Ponsaers, P (eds) Crime, Violence, Justice and Social Order: Monitoring Contemporary Security Issues. Antwerpen: Maklu p.43-58 

Ellis, A and Wykes, M (2013) Bringing the Boys Back Home: Re-Engendering Criminology. In Cowburn, M Duggan, M Robinson, A Senior, P (eds) Values in Criminology and Community Justice. Bristol: Policy p.77-92

Ellis, A Sloan, J and Wykes, M (2013) ‘Moatifs’ of Masculinity: The stories told about ‘men’ in British Newspaper Coverage of the Raoul Moat case. Crime Media Culture. Vol. 9, No. 1, 3-21