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 understanding issues of global order and disorder, with a particular interest in political violence, the Rise of Far-Right Politics and terrorism, and the harmful impacts of disinformation on individuals and communities. 



Recent additions

Internet Publication (4)

Journal Article (2)

Dr Roxana Willis , Dr James Angrove , Caroline Mbinkar and J.P.M. McAulay, ''We Remain Their Slaves': Voices from the Cameroon Conflict ' (2020) SSRN
Violence has torn through the anglophone regions of Cameroon since 2016. Despite the severity of the conflict, international response has been conspicuously limited. This report offers new insights into the Cameroon conflict and suggests a strategy for action. Findings stem from an empirical piece of research conducted by the Cameroon Conflict Research Group, based in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. The Group interviewed 32 individuals in the anglophone regions of Cameroon, from a range of backgrounds, to learn more about the causes and experiences of the conflict. The report is directly shaped by these collective voices and embraces a socio-historical framework which stemmed from the research participants themselves – that of slavery. Resulting from this study, the report shows that a root cause of the conflict is socioeconomic inequality, for which multiple international actors, as well as the Cameroon government, are responsible. Accordingly, the Group offers five recommendations for action. Ultimately, the Group advises that peaceful resolution requires multilateral efforts from all responsible parties, some of whom are named within.

Presentation/Conference contribution (2)

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

Report (1)


Research Interests

Queer Criminology 

Family and Intimate Partner Violence

The Criminalization of Expression and Free Speech 

Victimology and Victim Identity Construction

Political Violence and Far-Right Politics 

Research projects