Dr Anthony Ellis

Dr Anthony Ellis

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology


Anthony studied Criminology and Sociology at the University of Liverpool, graduating in July 2005. For the next two years he was employed as a youth worker and continued to study on a part time basis for a Masters in Sociological Research Methods at the University of Sheffield. Anthony completed his MA in 2007 and took up a post as a social researcher at the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) in London. In 2010 Anthony was awarded a White Rose Network scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Sheffield. He completed his PhD in February 2014 which utilized ethnographic research methods to study men involved in serious violence and crime in the north of England.

Anthony joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology in August 2014. Since joining the University Anthony has published a monograph with Routledge based on his PhD research entitled Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study. In July 2016 his monograph was awarded the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Critical Criminology Network book prize (sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan).

Anthony is currently working on several research projects addressing:

  • male violence, trauma and humiliation;
  • white working class males drawn to Far Right politics and protest movements in South Yorkshire (with Dr Tina Patel);
  • alcohol and drug consumption, deviance and harm amongst young Brits in popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean (with Prof Dan Briggs, Universidad Europea, Madrid).


Anthony contributes teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Crime and Society
  • Research Methods 1: Qualitatively Better
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Violence in Society (module leader)
  • Investigating Homicide 

He is also the Admissions Tutor for undergraduate Criminology and Sociology programmes.

Research Interests

Anthony utilizes qualitative, mainly ethnographic methods, to study individuals and groups involved in a range of illicit and harmful behavior. He is particularly interested in:

  • Male violence
  • Organised crime
  • Football hooliganism
  • Social exclusion
  • Night time economy

Qualifications and Memberships

BA Criminology and Sociology

MA Sociological Research Methods

PhD Criminology

PGCAP - Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice

Member of the British Society of Criminology


Ellis, A Winlow, S and Hall, S (in press) Throughout my life I’ve had people walk all over me: Trauma in the lives of violent men. Sociological Review

Ellis, A (in press) Less Violence: Confronting the Roots of Violent Behaviour. In Atkinson, R McKenzie, L and Winlow, S (eds) Society Better: Exploring the Idea of the Pro-Social. Bristol: Policy

Briggs, D and Ellis, A (2016) The Last Night of Freedom: Consumerism, Deviance and the Stag Party. Deviant Behaviour

Ellis, A (2016) ‘Football hooliganism’s links to organised crime’. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/football-hooliganisms-links-to-organised-crime-61346

Ellis, A (2016) Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study. London: Routledge (winner of the British Society of Criminology Critical Criminology Network book prize)

Ellis, A (2015) ‘Hard Evidence: crime rates are down, but is the world a less harmful place?’ The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-crime-rates-are-down-but-is-the-world-a-less-harmful-place-46654

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