Karel Kurst-Swanger

Contributing Faculty
Karel Kurst-Swanger
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Karel Kurst-Swanger, PhD is a contributing faculty member in Public Policy and Administration within the College of Health Sciences and Public Policy at Walden University and Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Oswego, Department of Criminal Justice. She received her PhD in Political Science/Public Policy and Administration from Binghamton University, and a MEd in Counselor Education and BS in Criminal Justice, from the State University of New York at Brockport. She is the author of two books: Worship and Sin: An Exploration of Religion-related Crime in the U.S. (Peter Lang) and Violence in the Home: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Oxford University Press) and numerous other publications.
Her research interests center on a wide range of topics in criminal justice/human services and public health, with a focus on community responses to child maltreatment, family violence and substance abuse. She serves as a consultant for many non-profit and public organizations facilitating strategic planning and multidisciplinary collaborations, and providing assistance to resolve management/organizational issues and conflicts. Since 2009 she has served as the Coordinator of the Broome-Tioga Regional Child Fatality Review Team in New York. This multidisciplinary team of professionals (including practitioners from law enforcement, child welfare, public health, and medicine) conducts in-depth comprehensive reviews of child deaths to improve the systems of care in the community, improve the death investigation process and to recommend policy change to prevent future deaths. The work is authorized by state law and funded by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc., Binghamton, NY and the Coordinator of the Victim Assistance Unit of the Rochester City Police Department in Rochester, New York.

Courses Taught

DDPA 8300 - Writing Applied Research and Funding Proposals

PPPA 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus

RESI 8551 - DPA Residency I

MMPA 6420 - Organizational Management and Leadership


PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton

MEd, State University of New York at Brockport

BS, State University of New York at Brockport


Kurst-Swanger, K., Petcosky, J. (2003). Violence in the home: Multidisciplinary perspectives.

Kurst-Swanger, K. (2008). Worship and Sin: An Exploration of Religion-related crime in the United States New York.

Kurst-Swanger, K. (2016). Crime Victim Services: Past, present and future.

Robert , A. R., Kurst-Swanger, K., O'Brien, C. (2009). Advanced technology, enhanced funding, and specialized police domestic violence programs in the Twenty-First Century.

Kurst-Swanger, K. (2007). Animal abuse: The link to family violence.

Kurst-Swanger, K. (2005). Guidelines on how to use the police and the courts.

Kurst-Swanger, K., Stockweather, D. (2003). Maintaining Addiction?: Tobacco policy and substance abuse treatment for youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse

N.Jackson, Kurst-Swanger, K. (2007). Measuring family violence.

Kurst-Swanger, K. (2008). Multidisciplinary Working .

N. Jackson, Kurst-Swanger, K. (2007). Pseudo-family Abuse.

Kurst-Swanger, K., Ryniker , M. (2003). Religion-related crime: Documentation of Murder, Fraud, and Sexual Abuse.