Stephanie Ellis Foster, Ph.D.

Stephanie Ellis Foster, Ph.D. (no photo)

Vice Provost

Academic Affairs

Academic Credentials

B.A., Marymount University
M.A., Ph.D., American University


Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Applied Research Methods
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Writing for Criminal Justice
  • 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 Fosters’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.


Phone: 703-284-1635