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Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle

Dr Justin Ellis is a lecturer in criminology at the Newcastle School of Law and Justice. His research into digiqueer criminology critically analyses the relationship between digital media technology, criminal justice, and queer representation and resistance. His broader research focus is on the relationship between digital technologies on institutional accountability and responsible government. His scholarship on these issues is regularly published in high-ranking internationally peer-reviewed journals. Justin’s latest book Representation, Resistance and the Digiqueer: Fighting for Recognition in Technocratic Times draws on debate over gender, procreation, religion, nationalism and tech-regulation, to consider the effects of surveillance technologies such as platform biometrics and algorithmic governance on LGBTQ+ agency. Justin’s 2021 monograph Policing Legitimacy: Social Media, Scandal and Sexual Citizenship, critically analyses the relationship between LGBTQ identity-based rights claims, police accountability, and the regulation of digital platforms. Justin is the deputy of Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the journal of the Institute of Criminology at the Sydney Law School. Justin has over ten years’ experience researching and lecturing in criminology at four universities – the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology, Sydney. Justin is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, the Sydney Institute of Criminology, the American Society of Criminology, and European Society of Criminology.


  • 2014–present
    Researcher in Criminology at the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney


  • 2018 
    University of Sydney, PhD in Criminology
  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, Masters in Criminology