Victim Researcher Profile

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Alison Marganski



New York


Le Moyne College


Associate Professor & Director of Criminology






6-10 years


Dr. Alison Marganski (Ph.D. 2010; Rutgers University) is Associate Professor and Director of Criminology in the Department of Anthropology, Criminology, & Sociology at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Her background includes quantitative and qualitative research, mostly relating to gender and violence, and she has experience working with victim, offender, and justice-related services (e.g. local sexual/domestic violence agencies, community reintegration centers for offenders, etc.). Alison's research interests focus on interpersonal violence, with attention to violence victimization that disproportionately affects women (e.g. online harassment and cyberstalking, intimate partner violence and intimate partner homicide, and sexual assault). Her current work examines the co-occurrence of intimate partner cyber aggression (i.e., online harassment, cyberstalking, and other electronic transgressions) and in-person experiences of intimate partner violence (i.e., psychological, physical, and sexual violence), along with associated consequences. Additionally, she is interested in trauma recovery and resilience. Alison is also investigating mass murder events. Her work appears in places such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence & Victims, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Cyber Criminology, and International Criminal Justice Review. Recently, she was elected as Vice President for the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology (2018 – 2020), an organization committed to increasing knowledge of social behavior and using this knowledge to promote human welfare and address issues of social importance via scholarly, educational, programmatic, community, and policy activities. Alison has engaged in various applied projects with community partners and she has created/taught numerous courses including but not limited to: Family Violence, Victimology, Extreme Murder, Gender and Crime, Criminological Theory, and Senior Capstone, all of which integrate experiential learning opportunities for students including sociological/criminological activism. She 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; 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 was selected as a "Finalist" for the 2016 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Awards (Rising Star).


Bullying, Campus Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, Child Trafficking and Exploitation, Computer/Internet Crimes, Dating Violence (Teen), Domestic and Family Violence, Hate and Bias Crimes, Sexual Abuse or Violence (other than campus sexual assault), Stalking, Terrorism and Mass Violence


American Indian and Alaska Native (tribal) victims, Child victims, Formerly incarcerated victims, LGBTQ victims, Female victims


Action research, Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies


Action research, Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Needs assessment, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies, Randomized controlled trial, Training and/or technical assistance