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Dr. Alison J. Marganski

Alison J. Marganski

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


B.S., The College of New Jersey
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers ' The State University of New Jersey

Office Location: Batten Athletic Suite 3
Phone: 757.233.8842
Affiliation: Faculty
Department/s: Criminal Justice


Dr. Alison Marganski received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. While completing her degrees, she engaged in research assessing violence victimization experiences among prisoners re-entering the greater Newark community, volunteered at a local area women’s shelter, and worked as a consultant for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. Her dissertation, titled Adult Attachment as a Mediator/Moderator to Early Experiences of Family Violence Victimization on Adult Physically Violent Behavior, was successfully defended in April of 2010.


Since arriving to VWC, Dr. Marganski has written on various criminological and sociological topics. Her current research centers on intimate partner cyber aggression and in-person violence, and she has several projects in the works. Recently, Dr. Marganski was selected for the Mednick Memorial Fellowship Award and traveled to Poland as part of her cross-cultural research study relating to socially interactive technology and contemporary dating among young adults. Dr. Marganski works closely with various organizations that address family-related issues. Additionally, Dr. Marganski is currently a board member at large for the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology. She also serves as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals in the field and regularly presents at international and national conferences. She has guided students through independent research and welcomes research collaborations from those who are interested in victimology and/or violence.


Dr. Marganski is passionate about student learning. She has been recognized in the field for her engaged teaching strategies and activism in the field of victimology. She has taught a variety of courses including but not limited to: Social Research; Criminology; Victimology; Forensic Victimology; Gender & Violence; Family; Family Violence: Causes, Consequences and Responses; Extreme Murder: Serial Killers, Spree Killers and Mass Murderers; and Media, Crime and Criminal Justice Policy. She has promoted student engagement through numerous special events and has hosted various speakers on campus to raise awareness on important social issues. 


  • Criminology
  • Victimology
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Social Research

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