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 and heterosexism play in the process of victim identity construction and subsequent help-seeking. 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 also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Law Faculty, teaching Criminology to final year students.
In addition to his Dphil studies, 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 has also acted as a criminology tutor at the Oxbridge Academic Summer School Programme, where he designed and taught a 6 week-long course introducing 12-16-year-old students to core concepts in the study of criminology and criminal justice. He is also currently 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 its initial report and a second upcoming article.
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 Victimology, particularly in understanding the ways in which victims respond to the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on how these individuals respond to and navigate violence and exploitation in both intimate relationships and within the family. His other interests include the criminalization of expression, particularly sexualised expression and pornography, and the study of political violence.