Alicia Girgenti-MaloneProgram Director, Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program
Creating Opportunities for Student Success
In her courses, Dr. Malone aims to deepen her students’ understanding of the theory and application of criminology on topics ranging from civil rights and civil liberties to victimology and the treatment of convicted persons. She is passionate about hands-on learning experiences, coordinating opportunities for student research and internships with groups such as the Boston Regional Intelligence Center and Massachusetts State Police.
“I’m passionate about teaching and student mentorship, and working at Merrimack allows me to do both. The College’s sense of community and genuine commitment to student success really sets it apart from other institutions.”
Including Graduate Students in Research
An avid researcher, Dr. Malone is interested in the impact of race, gender, and socio-economic class on decision-making in the criminal justice system, particularly in capital cases. She regularly includes graduate students in her own research and collaborates with them on their own original research projects.
“We’re at a pivotal moment in criminal justice. There’s growing recognition that the conventional way of doing justice is archaic, which creates exciting new opportunities for our students.”
Creating Networking Opportunities
Dr. Malone founded the Pi Beta chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She enjoys the opportunity to interact with her students outside the classroom, helping to coordinate community service projects, bringing students to national conferences, and inviting guest lecturers to campus.