Dr. Beth Adubato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Peter's University. She has a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, graduating with highest honors, college honors, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn an M.A. in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Politics from the Bloustein School of Planning and Policy—all at Rutgers. During graduate school, she was the recipient of an Excellence Fellowship and a Raimondo Fellowship through the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Through the Raimondo Fellowship, Dr. Adubato worked at the Office of Legislative Services in the Department of Public Safety. Her work included a study of Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Facility and resulted in a presentation to the New Jersey State Legislature. She received a Ph.D. in 2011, also from Rutgers, and her dissertation, Fanning the Flames: Televised, Professional Football and Domestic Violence has been made into a book. Dr. Adubato has written articles for peer-reviewed journals, government publications, book reviews, encyclopedias, and has made numerous conference presentations, as well as contributions to documentaries on gender issues. In 2011, when President Barack Obama issued his “Dear Colleague” letter expanding Title IX to include investigations of all accusations of sexual assault on college campuses, Adubato was the keynote speaker at the Department of Justice. She is also the author of Grammar for Grownups and Life’s a Mother, a novel about single moms. Dr. Adubato has recently signed a contract with Lexington Books, for a peer-reviewed book, Perps, Vics, Murder, & DNA: Sorting Out Truth from Fiction on TV. The book is expected to have a 2021 release.
Before her academic career, in 1996, Adubato became a news anchor/reporter in Alpena, Michigan, at the smallest CBS affiliate in the country. From there, she became the morning anchor at WICU-TV in Erie Pennsylvania. She was then the first woman to anchor the sports in Birmingham, Alabama at WIAT-TV. Next, she worked for Metro TV in New York City, Court TV, and at News 12 NJ from 2005 through 2013. As an actor, she has appeared as a news reporter on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Cupid, and The Following.