Tracy L. Tamborra, Ph.D.


Ph.D., City University of New York, 2008
M.S., University of New Haven, 2000
B.S., University of New Haven, 1996

About Tracy

Tracy Tamborra is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, and the effects of the criminal justice system on women, persons of color, and persons affected by poverty.

The co-author of the forthcoming book Victimology: The Transformation into the 21st Century, she’s presented her research at the American Society of Criminology’s annual meeting on “Does Adherence to Sexist Stereotypes, Sexual Assertiveness and Prior Victimization Predict Women’s Use of Sexual Refusal Tactics?” She is often asked to share her insight about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace with the media.

Her most recent research project examined the safety of U.S. university students studying abroad. Her preliminary findings suggest that studying abroad is a safe experience and that rates of the most serious forms of victimization including physical assault and sexual assault are low. Dr. Tamborra hopes her research dispels myths that studying abroad presents greater than average victimization risks.

In 2016, she was selected as an expert contributor by the Crime & Justice Research Alliance, a collaborative partnership between the nation’s two leading criminal justice scholar associations. Her recent research includes “Poor, Urban, Battered Women Who Are Stalked: How Can We Include their Experiences?” published in Feminist Criminology and “Verbally Coerced Sex: Does She Have to Say No?” in the International Review of Victimology. She contributed a chapter on African American females and domestic violence in African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia.

As former director of WomenRising, Inc., a domestic violence services agency in New Jersey, she developed and facilitated training sessions on topics related to domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse for law enforcement and prosecutors. She also developed and facilitated a training program at the University of New Haven for campus police, municipal police, University faculty, staff, and students to share best practices for responding to and preventing violence against women.

Since 2012, she has directed the University’s Institute of Social Justice, which comprises of students, faculty, staff, and community partners to promote political, economic, and social justice on campus and in the surrounding community.

She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of New Haven. Dr. Tamborra received both the Shero Award and the Gail Burns-Smith Special Recognition Award from the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services.

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Recently Published Books and Articles

Stanley, D., Pfeifer, H., Wasileski, G., & Tamborra, T.L. (Forthcoming). Victimology: The Transformation Into the 21st Century, 1st Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

Tamborra, T.L. (2014). African American females and domestic violence. African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press: CA.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T.L., & Pittman, M. (In press). Police officers’ and victim advocates’ experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T.L., & Narchet, F. M. (In press). Domestic violence agency personnel’s experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. Violence and Victims.

Tamborra, T. L. (2016). Quando le politiche e le leggi pensate per le aree residenziali sono applicate ai residenti delle aree urbane - Una critica delle leggi e delle ricerche in materia di stalking. Jura Gentium, Rivista di filosofia del diritto internazionale e della politica globale, ISSN 1826-8269.
(Title translation: When politics and law developed for suburban residents are applied to urban residents: A critique of law and research on stalking.)

Muzzica, R., Tamborra, T.L. & Amarelli, G. (2015). Emerging cultural offenses and Italian criminal law: A challenge for criminal law. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 4, 141 – 153.

Raghavan, C., Cohen, S., & Tamborra, T.L. (2014). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Multidimensional Sexual Coercion Questionnaire. Sexual Aggression, 1-19. Doi: 10.1080/13552600.2014.917341

Tamborra, T.L., Terry, K., & Dutton, L. (2014). Verbally coerced sex: Does she have to say no? International Review of Victimology 20(2), 227 - 241.

Tamborra, T.L. (2012). Poor, urban, battered women who are stalked: How can we include their experiences? Feminist Criminology, 7(2), 112 - 129.

Tamborra, T.L. & Narchet, F. (2011). University Sexual Misconduct Policy: Prioritizing student-victim voices. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 13(1), 16-33.


Tamborra, T. (2016). Should teachers be armed: Experts pick sides. Featured expert contributor: Wallet Hub.

Tamborra, T. (2016). Is Donald Trump a scapegoat for some of our personal frustrations? Op-Ed published by the New Haven Register, November 15, 2016.

Tamborra, T. (2010). Rape is too common to be shocking. Op-Ed published by the New Haven Register, March 4, 2010.

Recent Conference Presentations

Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T., & Pittman, M. (2016). Police officers’ experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T., & Pittman, M. (2016). Police officers’ and victim advocates’ experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Courses Taught
  • CJ 210 Ethnic and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 311 Criminology
  • CJ 411 Victimology
  • CJ 606 Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • CJ 618 Crime Victims: Rights and Services
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