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Faculty Profiles

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Dr. Dawna Komorosky
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Dawna Komorosky came to CSUEB in 2004 from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in criminology in 2003 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned the Graduate Deans Award for Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Komorosky's main teaching and research interests focus on the link between animal cruelty and other types of crime, corrections, and juvenile justice. She is committed to educating the community about the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, the impact of children witnessing animal cruelty in the home, animal assisted programs in the criminal justice system, and the ways in which animals are used for entertainment purposes, and wildlife crimes that support illicit trade. Her commitment to these issues has lead to publications and presentations in these areas.

Her background includes a masters in psychology from Chapman University with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She has counseled and advocated for rape survivors and victims of domestic violence, including play therapy with children in domestic violence shelters. Furthermore, she has counseled clients in a dual diagnosis psychiatric hospital. Before moving on to earn her Ph.D. in criminology, Dr. Komorosky worked in the foster care system as a treatment manager for families and foster children.

Dr. Komorosky is a member of several organizations including, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, Western Society of Criminology, and Animals & Society Institute.

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Dr. Silvina Ituarte

Dr. Silvina Ituarte came to CSUEB in 2003 after teaching at Kean University in New Jersey for eight years. While at Kean, Dr. Ituarte earned the honor of Professor of the Year in 2001 and served as Director of the Criminal Justice major, Director of Service Learning, and Assistant Chair of the Public Administration Department.

Dr. Ituarte's teaching and research interests mainly focus on issues related to bias crimes (hate crime), juvenile delinquency; correctional system; social justice; and research methodology. Her strongest qualities are her interest and passion in the subject matter; a true commitment to bringing out the best in students; a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship; as well as enthusiasm and a teamwork attitude. In the upcoming years, she hopes to continue her personal growth by pursuing more opportunities such her adventure teaching Scholarship and Research to government officials in China, and making a meaningful contribution to the understanding and reduction of bias-motivated behaviors.

Dr. Ituarte began her interest in criminal justice as an undergraduate enrolled in the Social Ecology and Humanities Programs at University of California at Irvine. She went on to receive her doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey where she began her ethnographic study of bias-motivated offenders under the guidance of Dr. Mercer Sullivan. Her research interests focus on gaining a greater understanding of bias motivated behaviors, social problems, juvenile delinquency, and correctional systems. She has presented on these and other topics at both national and international conferences.

Before entering graduate school, Dr. Ituarte was a Victim Specialist for the Victim Witness Program in California in which she helped survivors of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their offenders and receive assistance from local shelters. While in graduate school, she expanded her work experience by screening domestic violence offenders and placing them in a court ordered program in Manhattan, New York. During this time, she also served as a part-time research assistant for the Anti-Violence Project to assist with the data collection and coordination of the annual Bias Crime Report.

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Keith Inman
Associate Professor

Keith Inman came to CSUEB from Forensic Analytical Sciences and has over 30 years experience as a forensic scientist, including stints in laboratories with the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Los Angeles County Chief Medical-Examiner/Coroner, the California Department of Justice, and Oakland Police Department. His areas of specialty include DNA analysis, crime scene investigation and evidence preservation, and crime scene reconstruction.

Professor Inman received his B.S. in Criminalistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974, and his MCrim from the same institution in 1978. In addition to presenting numerous papers at professional conferences throughout the world, he has co-authored several forensic science texts. He taught as a lecturer at Cal State East Bay before his current appointment.

At Cal State East Bay, Professor Inman teaches Basic and Advanced Criminal Investigation, Criminal Identification, Comparative Evidence, and Forensic Seminar. His research interests include finding physical evidence relevant to a criminal event, and the reconstruction of that event from the physical findings.

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Sanjay Marwah
Assistant Professor

Dr. Sanjay Marwah joined CSUEB from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he taught for eight years. He was coordinator of the Criminal Justice program and supervised numerous internships in law, policing, and corrections along with membership in the curriculum, assessment, and nominating committees.

His teaching and research interests include democratic policing, cultural political economy, urban studies and social problems, Mertonian theory, and strain and anomie theories. He has numerous publications and presentations in sociology and criminology, development studies, transportation and environment, and criminal justice.  Dr. Marwah aims to provide his students with critical analytical and communication skills and instill the importance of bridging theory and practice. He has sought to continuously improve his teaching and research with special emphasis on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Prior to his position at Guilford College, Dr. Marwah taught sociology and criminology at Texas Tech University, Ohio University, and The Washington Center. He received his PhD. In Public Policy from George Mason University and M.A. in International Political Economy from Claremont Graduate University and his work experience includes criminology and criminal justice, transportation and environmental policy and research in the areas of comparative crime, global warming, stratospheric ozone protection, and transportation  technologies. His training and experience is also interdisciplinary with B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis that has brought a strong theoretical and applied flavor to his research and teaching.

Dr. Marwah is active in numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Criminology. He is a reviewer for academic journals and serves as a reviewer for book manuscripts for major publishers in criminology, sociology, and criminal justice. Dr. Marwah enjoys spending time with his family and is an active sports enthusiast. 

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Dr. Amanda Matravers came to CSU East Bay from CSU Stanislaus, where she was director of the master’s program in criminal justice. She previously taught at American University, Washington, DC, and, prior to that, at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Matravers’ interest in criminal justice was stimulated by her work as a prison teacher in the UK during the 1990s. Her professional criminal justice experience includes group work facilitation for the probation department and with at-risk youth. As a research associate for the UK Prison Service, Dr. Matravers carried out research studies on a range of topics including prison violence, treatment for property offenders, domestic violence, and literacy problems among women prisoners. She also served as an assessor for correctional officers undertaking professional development training. In a voluntary capacity, Dr. Matravers has served as a youth worker, a “Big Sister”, a counselor for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and, most recently, as a resettlement advisor at San Quentin State Prison.

Dr. Matravers received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2001. Her research interests include female criminality, women’s involvement in serious crime, sex offending & offenders, sociological theories of crime, corrections, and qualitative research methodology. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Deviant Behavior and Theoretical Criminology, and her edited book Sex Offenders in the Community: Managing & Reducing the Risks was published in 2003.

To date, Dr. Matravers has taught core criminal justice courses including critical issues in justice, research methods, policing, and corrections. Other teaching includes criminological theory, qualitative research methods, sex crime, the role of the police in society, imprisonment, and theories of punishment. Dr. Matravers is a keen advocate for applied criminal justice, and has supervised students on projects at a wide range of criminal justice agencies and community organizations. Her teaching philosophy is based around active learning strategies, and she is also committed to facilitating and improving student writing.

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Michelle Rippy
Assistant Professor

Michelle Rippy came to CSUEB in 2006, teaching for over 10 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department prior to being hired as an Assistant Professor.  After graduating CSU Hayward with an undergraduate degree in the Special Major of Forensic Science, Professor Rippy continued to graduate school at National University focusing on Forensic Science.  During graduate school, Professor Rippy’s research focus was on proper training of law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and emergency department physicians in forensic science.  Professor Rippy previously taught in the Emergency Medical Technician Program at Chabot Community College.

For the past 15 years, Professor Rippy has been active in law enforcement working both as a Supervising Deputy Coroner in San Mateo County and as a Reserve Police Officer.  During her time at the Coroner’s Office, Professor Rippy handled high profile death investigations, trained personnel, worked with forensic pathologists in an autopsy setting and spearheaded a highly interactive internship program.  Professor Rippy has also worked in a law enforcement patrol setting, undercover operations and tactical environments – serving as a tactical medical provider.  Professor Rippy is also a member of the Region IX Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT) - which is a federal level death investigation task force.

Professor Rippy’s main teaching and research interests include forensic science, investigations and policing.  She teaches Basic Criminal Investigation, Evidence in Corrections and Law Enforcement, Administration of Justice, Ethics in Justice Administration and Crime Prevention and Control.  Professor Rippy is also the coordinator of the Internship in Criminal Justice course and has organized Criminal Justice Internship and Job Fairs.

Professor Rippy is a member of the following professional organizations: American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, California State Coroners Association, California State Homicide Investigators Association, California Reserve Police Officers Association, International Tactical EMS Association and the International Coroner and Medical Examiner Association.

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Glenn Trager
Assistant Professor

Dr. Trager came to CSU East Bay after receiving his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California at Irvine.  He has previously worked as an attorney in the areas of corporate litigation and immigration law; he has also taught classes at UC Irvine that focus on immigration law, the criminal justice system, legal inequalities, and white collar crime.

Dr. Trager’s research and teaching emphasis originally developed after teaching in China during the 1980s and gaining an M.A. in East Asian Studies.  His experiences stimulated his interest in the way in which legal systems can be used to govern, as well as the way in which people outside the legal system can affirmatively invoke the law to assert social and political claims.  Consistent with these interests, Dr. Trager has used his training in law and criminology to research and teach such topics as legal consciousness, legal policy, the operation of the criminal justice system, immigration law, and community legal action.  His most recent projects include research about community legal consciousness and legal empowerment during city council meetings and about the relationships between immigration and crime at the community level. 

Dr. Trager also continues to engage in legal work.  He works with low-income clients through non-profit organizations, and has recently assisted a national immigrant-rights organizations prosecute federal lawsuits challenging state-level immigration policies.

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