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Dr. Alondra Garza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida and a member of the Violence Against Women Faculty Cluster Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Garza's research interests focus on identifying and addressing institutional responses (criminal legal system, universities, victim service providers, society) to crime victims. Her research centers gendered victimization and draws attention to how the intersecting identities of victims (e.g., gender, race and ethnicity, legal status, sexual orientation) have influenced responses, treatment, and decision-making. In 2021, she was named as a Ruth D. Peterson Fellow by the American Society of Criminology. Some of her recent research has appeared in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Violence Against Women, among others.

Areas of Expertise

  • Victimology
  • Violence against women
  • Institutional responses to victims


Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University


Research Interests

  • Criminal legal system response to violence against women
  • Sexual assault
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Latina crime victims
  • Case processing decisions

Faculty Cluster Initiative

Violence Against Women


CCJ 4701: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
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