Alison Marganski

Associate Professor & Director of Criminology, Le Moyne College

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Cyber-stalking
  • Victimization
  • Online harassment
  • Victim support services

Key Findings

  • Both in-person and cyber intimate partner violence had similar negative behaviors associated with them (depression, substance use and antisocial behavior). MORE
  • Cyber intimate partner violence was connected to more negative behaviors than certain types of in-person intimate partner violence. MORE
  • Data showed that males were at a higher risk for substance use and antisocial behavior in all models. MORE
  • Adolescents that were victims of physical abuse showed more anxiety, higher rates of outward anger, and a lower sense of self-efficacy than adolescents that were victims of parental IPV. MORE
  • Victims of parental IPV had lower rates of anxiety, higher levels of inward anger, and a greater sense of strength and preservation than adolescents that were victims of physical abuse. MORE
  • Intimate partner cyber aggression is a reliable predictor of intimate partner in-person victimization. MORE
  • Threatening and harassing behavior that begins and escalates online is likely to continue when the partners are in close physical proximity. MORE
  • The same feelings of failure, status deficiency, and shame that lead some emasculated men to commit intimate partner violence are also the driving forces behind mass murder. MORE
  • Victims increasingly have turned to social media in the digital age to spread awareness about victimization through their experiences. MORE
  • Online safe spaces help empower individuals to heal by providing support and validation for their experiences and shut down the victim-blaming narratives that dominate. MORE


Alison Marganski, Associate Professor & Director of Criminology at Le Moyne College, is an expert in gender and violence, intimate partner violence, victimization, cyber-stalking and online harassment.

Marganski works with organizations that address violence-related issues (e.g. domestic and sexual violence agencies). She is the Vice President for the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology and was selected by the American Society for Criminology’s Division of Women & Crime to present her research on technology and violence at UN Women. She was also selected for the Mednick Memorial Fellowship Award whereby she traveled to Poland as part of her cross-cultural research study on socially interactive technology and contemporary dating relationships. in 2018, Marganski received the Association for Applied & Clinical Sociology’s Robert Ezra Park Award for Sociological Practice, which is awarded to sociologists who have made a special contribution in demonstrating how sociological practice (either applied or clinical) can advance and improve society. Marganski is a research fellow for the Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research and has consulted with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at the Department of Justice as well as other agencies.

She has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, International Criminal Justice Review and Violence & Victims.

Marganski received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology from Rutgers University and B.S. from the College of New Jersey.