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Dr. Alison J. Marganski

Dr. Alison J. Marganski

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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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 violence in interpersonal relationships 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 continues her close ties to women’s shelters and volunteers her time as a research analyst and consultant for a local domestic violence shelter. She also works closely with several organizations that address family-related issues. Additionally, Dr. Marganski serves as a reviewer for various scholarly journals in the field and regularly presents at national conferences. She has also 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 and has taught a variety of courses including but not limited to: Social Research; Criminology; Gender, Crime and Justice; Family; Family Violence: Causes, Consequences and Responses; Victimology; 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. 


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  • Family Violence
  • Victimology
  • Criminology
  • Social Research

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