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School of Health and Society

Dr Anthony Ellis

Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology


Anthony was appointed Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in August 2014. Before joining Salford Anthony had spent four years studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield which focused upon male violence. Prior to this, he had been employed as a youth worker and a social researcher. Anthony is a critical criminologist with interests in violence. In July 2016 his book 'Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study' was awarded the British Society of Criminology's Critical Criminology book prize.


Anthony teaches on the following modules:

  • Crime, Conflict and Society
  • Becoming a Social Scientist Research Problems and Methods 1: Qualitatively Better
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Violence in Society
  • The Psychology of Extreme Violence
  • Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Culture and Deviant Leisure
  • Investigating Homicide

Research Interests

Anthony is a critical criminologist who utilises qualitative research methods to study individuals and groups involved in criminal and deviant behaviour. Anthony's work tends to address issues of gender, social class and their relationship with crime. He is currently working on two research/writing projects: one that addresses the issue of trauma and the other is focused on violence involving British tourists in the Mediterranean.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PGCAP University of Salford
  • PhD University of Sheffield
  • MA University of Sheffield
  • BA (with hons) University of Liverpool


  • Member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)
  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Convenor of the BSA's Violence and Society study group
  • Accredited Inside-Out Facilitator
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Ellis, A Winlow, S and Hall, S (2017) 'Throughout my life I have had people walk all over me: trauma in the biographies of violent men'. Sociological Review

Ellis, A (2017) 'Confronting the roots of violent behaviour'. In Atkinson, R McKenzie, L and Winlow, S (eds) Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart. Bristol: Policy Press

Briggs, D and Ellis, A (2016) 'The last night of freedom: consumerism, deviance and the stag party'. Deviant Behaviour. 38: 7, p.756-767

Ellis, A (2016) Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study. Abingdon: Routledge

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