Criminal Justice Faculty

    Cynthia-Lee Williams

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

    Phone: (845) 848-4124

    Cynthia-Lee Williams is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Dominican College.  Dr. Williams has earned a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from CUNY, the Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She has also earned a M.A. in Criminology from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Art History at Ithaca College.  Her areas of interest include the following: policing in urban communities; police oversight agencies; the intersection between race, urban crime, and substandard living; and applied statistics.  Dr. Williams has published several articles that cover policing in urban communities and jail violence.  Her dissertation centered on mediation selection at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.  Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at CUNY, the Graduate Center, Dr. Williams worked as an investigator for the city government in the following three agencies: The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board; New York City’s Comptroller’s Office, Bureau of Labor Law; and New York City’s Department of Education, Office of Special Investigations.

        Tara Parrello

        Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Criminal Justice

        Phone: (845) 848-4097

        Tara Parrello is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology and the Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Parrello has earned two degrees from Fordham University, including a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Sociology. She completed her undergraduate studies at Manhattanville College, earning a B.A. in Sociology. Her areas of concentration include: criminology, gender, deviance, popular culture and body modification with a particular concentration in plastic surgery. Dr. Parrello has presented papers at national sociology and criminology conferences based on her dissertation, Look This Way: The Growth and Diversity of Plastic Surgery in Contemporary America and her research on juvenile crime and ethnic gangs.