Adam Ellis

Change your cover photo
Change your cover photo
This user account status is Approved

University of Toronto-Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

Research Profile

PhD (Candidate) Adam Ellis was named a 2016 Vanier Scholar in support of his upcoming doctoral project, “Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence.” In 2018 Adam also became a top 25 SSHRC Storyteller with respect to his research on trauma, PTSD and gang violence. Adam’s doctoral work is inspired by his own lived experience within the gang sub-culture. Adam is not new to the field of criminology. With an MA in Immigration and Settlement from Ryerson University, he has worked on several research projects focusing on mental health and the law, including topics on gang violence, organized crime and refugee determination. He has provided consultancy on mental health and criminal justice-related issues with a variety of public and private institutions including the United Nations, At Home Chez Sois Project, the Provincial/Federal Courts, the Ontario Review Board, and community organizations interphasing between mental health and justice. Adam is currently developing his first edited text “Thug Criminology’ which will be published in 2019 through the University of Toronto Press. Adam is also currently developing a community program that seeks to disrupt inner-city gang violence through physical fitness, mentorship and trauma therapy.

North America

Ellis, A. Memories of Urban Warfare: Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence. Journal of Community Corrections, 2, 26, 1546-7627. 2017

Gojer, J., and Adam Ellis. PTSD and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada: Starting the Discourse. UNHCR: New Issues in Refugee Research, 270: 1-26. 2013

Wortley, S., and Ellis, A. Chapter 17. In Boyd, N. Understanding Crime in Canada, 2019 Second Edition