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Katalin Parti

Katalin Parti, Assistant Professor

Katalin Parti | Assistant Professor | Sociology | Virginia Tech
Katalin Parti, Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology
512 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6046 |

Cybercriminology Lab

Katalin Parti focuses her research on both the offender and victim sides of cybercrime, sexual violence, and online manipulative scams targeting older people. She is a certified mediator and holds a European Certificate in Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence. She is also a coauthor and co-editor of Juvenile Justice and Schools: Policing, Processing, and Programming (San Diego: Cognella, 2020).

She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including Fulbright scholarships, Max Planck Scholarships, and has ongoing collaborations with scholars in the United States and Europe. She teaches courses in criminology, women and crime, and school violence and justice. 

Parti earned her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Pécs in Hungary. She also holds a law degree and a master's of science in criminal justice, with a concentration on cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity, at Boston University Metropolitan College.

Accepting new graduate students: Yes
In need of students for research team: Yes
Name of research team: Cybercriminology Lab

  • Cybercriminology
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Criminology
  • Sexual Violence
  • MSc in Criminal Justice, Boston University Metropolitan College, 2021
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, University of Pécs
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of Miskolc
  • B.A. in Law and Political Sciences, University of Miskolc School of Law
  • Member, European Society of Criminology
  • Liaison to the European Society of Criminology, Cybercrime Division of the American Society of Criminology
  • Member, American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime and the Division of Policing
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Cybersecurity, Intelligence & Cybercrime
  • Editorial Board Member, Infokommunikáció és Jog (Infocommunication & Law, a Hungarian peer-reviewed journal)  
  • European Safety and Prevention Award for outstanding work and contribution against bullying, 2014 
  • Supreme Prosecution Junior Expert Award, 1997 


Juvenile Justice and Schools: Policing, Processing, and Programming. Doshie Piper, J. Renee Trombley, Katalin Parti, Georgen Guerrero, O. Oko Elechi, Eds. San Diego: Cognella, 2020.

Journal Articles

  • Dearden, T., Parti, K., Hawdon, J., Gainey, R., Vandecar-Burdin, T., & Albanese, J. (2023). Differentiating insider and outsider cyberattacks on businesses. American Journal of Criminal Justice. Advance online publication.
  • Parti, K. (2023). What is a capable guardian to older fraud victims? Comparison of younger and older victims’ characteristics of online fraud utilizing routine activity theory. Frontiers in Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Parti, K. & Tahir, F.* (2023). “If we don’t listen to them, we make them lose more than money:” Exploring reasons for underreporting and the needs of older scam victims. Social Sciences, 12(5), 264-282.
  • Parti, K. (2023). Preventing revictimization in sexual assault investigations: Personal security and trauma-informed case management. Journal of Applied Security Research. Advance online publication.
  • 2022 Parti, K. (2022). “Elder scam” risk profiles. Individual and situational factors of younger and older age groups’ fraud victimization. International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence and Cybercrime. 5(3), 20-40.
  • Parti, K. (2022). Illiberal and Populist Political Narratives on Gender and Underreporting of Sexual Violence: A Case Study of Hungary. Politics and Governance.
  • Parti, K., Sanders, C. E., & Englander, E. K. (2022). Sexting at an Early Age: Patterns and Poor Health-Related Consequences of Pressured Sexting in Middle and High School. Journal of School Health
  • Hawdon, J., Parti, K., & Dearden, T. (2022). Changes in Online Illegal Drug Buying during COVID-19: Assessing Effects due to a Changing Market or Changes in Strain using a Longitudinal Sample Design. American Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Parti, K., Dearden, T., & Hawdon, J. (2022). Understanding the overlap of online offending and victimization: Using cluster analysis to examine group differences. Victims & Offenders, 17(5), 712-734,
  • 2021 Parti, K. & Szigeti, A.* (2021). The future of interdisciplinary research in the digital era: Obstacles and perspectives of collaboration in social and data sciences – An Empirical Study. Cogent Social Sciences, 7(1).
  • Dearden, T. & Parti, K. (2021). Cybercrime, differential association and self-control: Knowledge transmission through online social learning. American Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • Parti, K., Robinson, A.R., Kohlmann, D.,* Viragh, E.,* & Varga-Sabjan, D.* (2021). Beyond obstacles: Toward justice for victims of sexual violence in Hungary. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.
  • Parti, K. & Robinson, A.R. (2021). What hinders victims from reporting sexual violence: A qualitative study with police officers, prosecutors, and judges in Hungary. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(2).
  • Dearden, T., Parti, K., & Hawdon, J. (2020). Institutional anomie theory and cybercrime – Crime and the American dream, now available online, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.
  • Hawdon, J., Parti, K., Dearden, T. (2020). Cybercrime in America amid COVID-19. The initial results from a natural experiment. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 45, 546–562.

Book Chapters

“Cyberbullying in Hungary,” in Anna Costanza Baldry, Catherine Blaya, and David P. Farrington, eds., International Perspectives on Cyberbullying. Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Interventions, Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity. (Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2018), 205-229 (co-authored with B. Neray). 

“A Model for Providing Bullying Prevention Programs to K-12 Education While Training Future Educators,” in M. Campbell and S. Bauman, eds., Reducing Cyberbullying in Schools.International Evidence-Based Best Practices. (London: Elsevier Academic Press, 2018), 109-124 (co-authored with M.K. McCoy and E.K. Englander)

“Transnational sex crimes,” in Philip Reichel and Jay Albanese, eds., Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice. (London: Sage, 2014), 165-188. 

“Hungary,” in J. Junger-Tas, I.H. Marshall, D. Enzmann, M. Killias, M. Steketee, and B. Gruszczynska, eds., Juvenile Delinquency in Europe and Beyond. Results of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study. (Switzerland: Springer, 2011), 311-325 (co-authored with O. Bolyky, Cs. Gyory, K. Kerezsi, and E. Sarik).

  • Performances to Reduce Online Scams 2021/22
  • RFP #: COVACCI-21-02: Major Grant. Project Title:  CIVIIC: Cybercrime in Virginia: Impacts on Industry and Citizens. 2021/22.  This is a multi-university team including faculty from Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and VT. 
  • Max Planck Society Scholarship, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Germany, 2017, 2016, 2017
  • Hungarian Eötvös Scholarship, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, 2014
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, 2013-14
  • TABBY TRIP in the EU: Threat Assessment of Bullying Behavior in Internet Among Youth, An International Project, 2012-14
  • TABBY: Threat Assessment of Bullying Behavior in Internet, An International Project, 2011-12
  • “Living in Surveillance Societies,” European Cooperation in Science and Technology, 2009-13
  • “International Self-Report Delinquency Study 2,” Northeastern University, 2005-07

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