Joseph Patrick McAulay

DPhil Criminology (Part-time)

Other affiliations

St Hilda's College


Joseph is a candidate for DPhil in Criminology at St Hilda's College. His project examines the experiences of men who are subjected to intimate partner violence (I.P.V.) from male sexual or romantic partners, focussing on the roles that stigma plays in the process of how men experience abuse. His project is supervised by Professor Carolyn Hoyle and is funded by a 1 + 3 Economic and Social Research Council studentship as part of the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. 

He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oxford's Law Faculty, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton where he lectures in Global Disorder and Contemporary Issues in Criminology.  

In addition to his Dphil studies and teaching, Joseph has worked on a number of different research projects including for the University of Edinburgh and the University of Oxford's Pro Bono Publico free law research clinic as a research assistant. He was a member of the Cameroon Conflict Research Group which researches and reports on the ongoing civil conflict and humanitarian crisis occurring within Cameroon and has contributed to both of its recent publications. 

Currently, Joseph is undertaking the role of Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, working with Professor Linda Mulcahy the project will examine the experiences of complaint making by patients in the N.H.S., with a specific interest in how patients navigate multiple overlapping systems of advice and complaint, and how and why they utilise both formal and informal sources of support during these processes. 

Prior to beginning his DPhil, Joseph completed an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminology in Oxford, achieving a grade of Distinction. Before this, between 2013-2017 he studied Law at the University of Edinburgh where he achieved First Class Honours. He was also awarded the McClintock Prize in Criminology for achieving the highest mark in a criminological subject of the entire honours year group. 

Joseph's general research interests lie in Cultural and Narrative Criminology. He is interested in the ways in which harm is subjectively experienced by individuals and communities, and seeks to link these experiences to the wider social changes caused by Late Modernity. Joseph also maintains an interest in the impact of Globalisation on crime and disorder, with a particular focus on the study of conspiracy theories as a form of criminological harm. 


Research Interests

Family and Intimate Partner Violence


Narrative Criminology 

Cultural Criminology