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Dhruba J. Bora, Ph.D.
Chair & Professor
Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensic Sciences 

Smith Hall 735
& Forensic Science Center W200

Dr. Dhruba "Dru" Bora joined the Marshall faculty in the fall of 2004. He holds the rank of Professor and also serves as the chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Forensic Sciences. From 2014-2017, he served as the Associate Dean for the College of Science. Before arriving at Marshall, he taught at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1997-2004 and Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1995-1997. In his spare time, he is as an avid runner. He is also a former head cross country and track coach at Hurricane High School. Dr. Bora resides with his wife, Dr. Kim DeTardo-Bora, and their daughter, Asha.





Ph.D., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

M.S., Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

B.A., Criminal Justice/Legal Studies, Marshall University, Huntington, WV



Teaching and Research


Dr. Bora's areas of concentration are international/comparative justice systems, research methods, and statistics; however, he teaches a wide variety of courses such as Crime & the Media, Drugs and Crime, Comparative Systems of Justice, Terrorism, as well as Introduction to Criminal Justice and graduate courses in research methods and statistics. In conjunction with his specialization in international criminal justice, one of his achievements thus far at Marshall has been the development and implementation of a faculty-led study abroad course in criminal justice. Over the past 20 years, he has taken students abroad to study the criminal justice systems of the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. The photo below of Dr. Bora and his students was taken at Dunluce Castle, off the coast of Northern Ireland.  


Dr. Bora completed his doctoral dissertation in 2003 on The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on Deviant Behavior. His current research interests falls into the comparative realm, primarily comparative policing and domestic terrorism. Dr. Bora also has worked on several projects and grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice in the area of community policing. Furthermore, he has been involved in research in the areas of domestic violence, campus safety and security, and crimes against special populations (e.g., the elderly, homeless, and mentally ill). 


In 2015, Dr. Bora published a book with two colleagues on West Virginia's Criminal Justice System as part of the state-specific series by Carolina Academic Press.


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