Joshua Ellsworth, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Criminology

Joined Chatham: September 2021


Criminology; Interpersonal violence and victimization; Vulnerable populations; Homelessness; Street crime; Illicit drug use; Homicide and criminal investigations; Historical criminology; Qualitative research methods

  • Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), 2021
  • M.L.A., Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), 2015
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts (Lowell, MA), 2011
  • M.S., Western New England University (Springfield, MA), 2001
  • B.S., Western New England University (Springfield, MA), 1998
  • Robert F. Borkenstein Graduate Award, Indiana University, 2019
  • Ellsworth, J. T., & McCown, R. R. (2023). “Listening to formerly incarcerated elders: narratives of hope, learning, teaching, and mentorship.” American Education Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2023). “Neglected criminological theory: The overlooked importance of victim-centric frameworks.” Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (PACJE), Slippery Rock, PA. Session Chair.
  • Proctor, K. R., & Ellsworth, J. T. (2022). “Contextualizing Ruth Kornhauser.” Thematic session: The Future of Criminology can be Found in its Past. American Society of Criminology (ASC), Atlanta, GA
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2022). “The reality of drug-facilitated crime and violence: How naturalistic, qualitative methods can improve contextual accuracy in criminological research.” Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), Williamsport, PA
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2022). “Mental illness, crime, and homelessness: The importance of victimological balance.” Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (PACJE), Latrobe, PA
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2021). “Ontological security and violence: The ecology of urban homelessness and its effect on violent its interactions.” American Society of Criminology (ASC), Chicago, IL. Session Chair
  • Ellsworth, J. T., & Tepperman, A. (2021). "The revival of narrative: Why stories should matter in historical Criminology." British Crime Historians Symposium (Leeds, UK)
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2019). "Effects of permanent supportive housing on adult homeless victimization". American Society of Criminology annual conference (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2019). "The natural history of street-level criminality: Self-perceptions of vincibility and a persistent offender's motive for desistance." American Society of Criminology (San Francisco, CA), Thematic Session Chair
  • Ellsworth, J. T., Sandys, M., Madeira, J. L., & Pruss, H. (2019). Homicide victim-shaming: Negative victim portrayals in the news media." Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference (Baltimore, MD)
  • Ellsworth, J. T. (2018). "Street-crime victimization among the homeless." American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
  • Ellsworth, J. T., Sandys, M., Madiera, J. L., Mastrocinque, J. M., & Pruss, H., (2017). "An exploratory inquiry into homicide survivors' talk of murder investigations." American Society of Criminology Annual Conference (Philadelphia, PA)