Joseph is a probationary research student reading for a 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.

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. 

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 queer criminology, particularly in understanding the ways in which non-heterosexual and cisgendered citizens engage with and 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 victimology such as investigating the process by which victim identities are constructed both individually and within public discourse. 



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  • J.P.M. McAulay, Becoming Deviant Victims: The Role of Sexual Stigma in The Identity Management of Gay and Bisexual Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. , paper presented at New Frontiers of Criminal Justice - University of Warwick Criminal Justice Center
  • J.P.M. McAulay, “Silence and Stigma: The Construction and Consequences of Victim-hood for Gay and Bisexual Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence", paper presented at Edinburgh Post-Graduate Law Conference


Research Interests

Queer Criminology 

Family and Intimate Partner Violence

The Criminalization of Expression and Free Speech 

Pornography and the Regulation of Sexual Expression  

Victimology and Victim Identity Construction

Research projects