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Dr. Stephanie K. Ellis
Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Contact Information

Rowley G121
(703) 284-1635

Academic Credentials

B.A., Marymount University
M.A., Ph.D., American University
Teaching Areas:
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Writing for Criminal Justice
  • Social Problems
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Criminal Justice and Sociology Internship

Research Interests:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Persistent Offending
  • The Effects of Social Support on Delinquency and Crime
  • The Effects of Severe and Chronic Poverty on Serious Violence

Dr. Stephanie Ellis’s research is related to juvenile justice, specifically the contributing factors in the development of persistent criminal behavior. Her research focuses particularly on how strain and social support at different points in life influence the paths that lead to chronic and serious offending behavior. She also recently has done research on the relationship between severe and chronic poverty and serious violence. Dr. Ellis currently teaches Juvenile Justice; Applied Research Methods; Crime Media and Culture; Writing for Criminal Justice; and Social Problems.