Nicole Swiderski

Nicole Swiderski

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; Faculty Fellow, FDU Honors Academy,
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Contact Information


  • Criminology & Social Theory
  • Domestic Violence
  • Relationship Violence
  • Sex Crimes
  • Victimology
  • Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice


  • Victimization, and implicit and explicit victim identity
  • Violent victimization
  • Victimization and mental health
  • Sports and domestic violence
  • Media and crime
  • Offender reentry
  • Program evaluation


  • BA, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, PhD, Rutgers University

Academic Profile

Dr. Nicole Swiderski (Sachs) joined the department in 2018. Nicole obtained BAs in Crime, Law, & Justice and Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, an MA in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. While completing her Master’s degree, Nicole served as an Investigator for the State of New Jersey Office of the Public Defender – Law Guardian division. She currently serves as a Board Member, Registered Agent, and Treasurer of The L.I.N.D.A. Organization, a non-profit organization assisting women (and their children) returning to their communities from prison, escaping a domestic violence situation, and/or struggling with homelessness and/or mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Nicole’s primary research examines victims and offenders at the intersection of criminal justice and psychology. Specifically, she is interested in the cognitive consequences of violent victimization, or how individuals identify with groups post-victimization. Nicole’s current projects examine the relationship between victim identity and mental health, and the relation between violent TV shows/news and one’s victim identity. Nicole is also working on a co-authored book on media and crime and has several manuscripts in preparation examining the relation between sports and domestic violence.

Nicole has several years’ experience conducting program evaluations. Most recently, she acted as Project Manager for a research project evaluating Second Chance Act Reentry Programs for ex-offenders released back into their communities.

Nicole is a Faculty Fellow in FDU’s Honors Academy and serves as faculty advisor to the Pi Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

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