Victoria Kurdyla


Victoria Kurdyla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sampson Academic Building, 230 B



Dr. Victoria Kurdyla is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. After growing up in North Carolina, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus on crime, deviance, and social control from North Carolina State University. Previously, she earned an M.A. in Sociology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, a B.A. degree in Sociology, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has taught the following courses at UNCP: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Criminology, Social Deviance, Sexuality & Society, and Family Violence. Dr. Kurdyla's research combines the areas of queer criminology, victimology, gender & sexuality studies, and intersectionality. She has published several articles on help-seeking behaviors and barriers to help-seeking for transgender and nonbinary survivors of intimate partner violence. Her research also explores intimate partner violence as just one aspect of the cumulative and ongoing experiences of violence in the lives of transgender people. Furthermore, Dr. Kurdyla is co-editor of the state sociology journal, Sociation. Outside of academia, Dr. Kurdyla enjoys spending time with her partner and her dog, Sirius. She also enjoys playing music (or at least trying to), Halloween crafting, outdoor activities, and traveling.