Dr. Alison Marganski (Ph.D. 2010; Rutgers University) is Associate Professor and Director of Criminology in the Department of Anthropology, Criminology, & Sociology. Her background includes quantitative and qualitative research, and she has experience working with victims, offenders, and justice-related services. Her research primarily focuses on violence victimization and violence perpetration, including lethal (e.g. mass murder) and non-lethal (e.g. family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence) events. Her current work examines how gender, technology, and violence intersect, along with modern solutions. Her work appears in places such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Family Violence, Violence & Victims, Journal of Clinical Psychology, International Journal of Cyber Criminology, International Criminal Justice Review, and Sociology Compass.
Dr. Marganski is Vice President for the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology (2018 – 2020), an organization committed to increasing knowledge of social behavior for academic and non-academic practitioners and creating positive social change. She has engaged in various applied projects with community partners (e.g. sexual and domestic violence agencies, centers for formerly incarcerated persons, animal welfare organizations) and taught numerous courses that integrate experiential learning opportunities including but not limited to: Criminological Theory, Family Violence, Victimology, Extreme Murder, and Gender and Crime.
Dr. Marganski has been recognized for her research (e.g. selected in a global competition by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women & Crime to present her research on technology and intimate partner violence to the United Nations – UN Women; 2019, 2018 & 2017 Center for Urban & Regional Applied Research Fellow; 2012 VFIC Mednick Memorial Fellow), teaching (e.g. American Society of Criminology's Division of Victimology 2014 Faculty Teacher of the Year), and service (e.g. VWC’s 2015 Service & Community Engagement Award), and she was selected as a Finalist for the 2016 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Awards in the Rising Star category. She was also the recipient of the 2018 Robert Ezra Park Award for Sociological Practice from the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology, which "is presented to an outstanding sociologist who has made a special contribution demonstrating how sociological practice (applied or clinical) can advance and improve society."