Joseph Richardson, Jr.

Associate Professor

Joseph Richardson joined the African-American Studies faculty in August 2006.

Dr. Richardson received his PhD from Rutgers University-School of Criminal Justice and his bachelor's degree in African and African-American Studies from the University of Virginia. He completed a Spencer Foundation post-doctoral research training fellowship at the University of Chicago and a NIMH funded clinical post-doctoral research training fellowship in substance use, mental health and HIV/AIDS in Correctional Healthcare at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Richardson was recently awarded a Joint Appointment in the Department of Anthropology (Anthropology of Health).

Dr. Richardson's research focuses on four specific areas: 1) Violence and trauma; 2) Incarceration as a social determinant of health; 3) The Black male life course and health risk behaviors; 4) Parenting strategies for low-income Black male youth. He is trained as a criminologist and medical anthropologist. Dr. Richardson is the Director of the Violence Intervention Research Project at Prince George's Hospital Trauma Center, the busiest Level II trauma center in the US. He is Principal Investigator on three qualitative research studies. The first study examines the risk factors for repeat violent injury, linkages/barriers to care and HIV risk related behaviors among young Black men treated by Prince George's Hospital for violent injury (i.e., gunshot wound, stabbing or assault). The second study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the role and function of the Affordable Care Act Navigator, specifically, their experiences enrolling victims of violent injury into health insurance coverage. This study is being conducted at the University of Maryland Medical System R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (Baltimore) and the Prince George's Hospital Trauma Center. A third study titled Life After the Gunshot examines patient outcomes among victims of violent injury, their caregivers and stakeholders in violence intervention initiatives. In 2016, Dr. Richardson was awarded a three year Smart Reentry grant from the US Department of Justice to study trauma and criminal recidivism among 400 young men (ages 18-34) released from Prince George's County Jail. This collaborative project involves the Prince George's County Health Department (Behavioral Health Division) and the Prince George's County Department of Corrections. Dr. Richardson is Co-Director of the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program, a hospital violence intervention program at Prince George's Hospital Trauma Center. As a Faculty Affiliate for the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), Dr. Richardson serves as Co-Investigator for the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) and Director of the NDEWS Rapid Response Team. NDEWS received a $3 million dollar grant from NIDA to study emerging drug use and trends in the US. His selected research publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Urban Health, Ethnography, the Journal of Family Issues, Spectrum and New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development. He has produced an award nominated short documentary 'Bullets Without Names' which chronicles the experiences of a young Black male survivor of a firearm-related violent injury and produced 'Every 80 Minutes' a PSA on gun violence in Philadephia. He has appeared on several media outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), Huffington Post, Russia Today (RT), CBC Radio (Canada), Press TV (Iran), Global Times (China), NBC News (Washington DC) and the In Social Work Podcast Series at SUNY-Buffalo. Dr. Richardson is a Research Scientist for the Friends Research Institute in Baltimore and an advisor board member for Project Change: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence for the DC Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants. He is a former board member for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 

  • Ph.D
My research philosophy is multi-disciplinary. I integrate criminology, sociology, medical anthropology, public health and emergency medicine to examine the intersection of race, class, gender, age and health risk behaviors among low-income young Black men. My primary theoretical frameworks are structural violence and social capital. I use longitudinal qualitative research methods and social network analysis as my research approach to understanding social phenomena.
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