Social Sciences Faculty

    Ilya Slavinski

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

      Phone: (845) 848-4067
      Office Location: Social Sciences-Casey Hall

      Dr. Ilya Slavinski completed his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, his Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and his Doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2022, Dr. Slavinski joined Dominican University of New York as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology.

      Dr. Slavinski’s work focuses on the state, the criminal legal system, and racial and class inequality. It examines relationships between the state and its subjects, concentrating on racialized punishment practices in misdemeanor courts. Through ethnography and in-depth interviews, his dissertation examined various ways in which the state extracts resources from vulnerable populations while deploying the rhetoric of rehabilitation.

      His work is funded by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award. He has presented at major conferences, including the American Sociological Association, Law and Society Association, and the American Society of Criminology.  He has articles published in the journals Social Problems, the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

        Lisa Connolly

        Administrative Assistant, Division of Social Sciences, IRB Assistant

          Phone: (845) 848-4068

            Paul Bonk

            Assistant Professor
of Political Science and Coordinator of Social Sciences

              Phone: (845) 848-4073

              Dr. Bonk received his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Rutgers University, an M.A. in International Relations from University of Toronto, and a B.A. in English Literature from University of Toronto. His research interests include ethnic conflict; economic development; African history, culture, and politics; and the historical evolution of the interstate system. Dr. Bonk teaches a range of courses, including the Origins of Modern Africa, World Politics, Introduction to Sociology, American National Government, and Global Interdependence.