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is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Before joining the faculty in January 2015, he was a professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he remains a Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of criminology, law & society in the School of Social Ecology and of sociology in the School of Social Sciences. At UCI he served as Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law & Society, Director of Graduate Studies in Social Ecology, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the campus, and Faculty Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research. He has also held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the University of Virginia, the University of Melbourne, the University of Macau, Macau University of Science and Technology, the University of Hong Kong, and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

At UCI he conceived and led the development of the Master of Advanced Study (MAS) Program in Criminology, Law & Society, which in 2003 became the first online degree program at the University of California. The MAS was rated #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its first ranking of online criminal justice graduate programs in January 2015. Among other awards and honors, Dr. Pontell has received the Albert Reiss Award from the American Sociological Association, the Cressey Award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology, the Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology, and the Gil Geis Lifetime Achievement Award from the National White Collar Crime Center. He is a Fellow in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong, and is a recipient of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University, and the Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award at UC, Irvine.

He has published over one hundred scholarly articles and book chapters in the fields of sociology, law and society, criminology, and criminal justice. His books include International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (Springer), Social Deviance: Readings in Theory and Research (McGraw Hill), Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America (Pearson, Prentice-Hall), Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Crisis (University of California Press), A Capacity to Punish: The Ecology of Crime and Punishment (Indiana University Press), Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honor of Gilbert Geis (Pearson, Prentice Hall), and Prescription for Profit: How Doctors Defraud Medicaid (University of California Press).

Dr. Pontell has served as Vice-President of the American Society of Criminology and President of the Western Society of Criminology, and is an elected Fellow of both organizations. He is currently President of the White Collar Crime Research Consortium of the National White Collar Crime Center.


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is Managing Director at MPI-CC and Director of Department of Criminology and is teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Freiburg. His main research interests are various legal, criminological and policy topics like sentencing theory, juvenile crime, drug policies, environmental crime and organized crime, evaluation research, systems of criminal sanctions, empirical criminal procedure and security research. He has published, co-published and edited various books, among them on sentencing, day-fine systems, recidivism, child abuse and neglect, drug policies, research on victimisation, white-collar-crime, etc.




is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is coauthor of Statistical Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice (3rd ed.) and coeditor of Explaining Crime and Criminology: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory. In addition, she is author of Death and Violence on the Reservation and coauthor of Stress, Culture, and Aggression in the United States; and Violence: The Enduring Problem as well as numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis on women, the elderly, and minority populations. Her most recent federally funded research was a mixed-methods study that investigated the long-term trajectories of offending behavior using official data of a prison cohort released in the early 1990s and then interviewed in 2009.




is professor of sociology at the University of Maine. His publications include Race, Crime, and Justice: The Continuing American Dilemma (Oxford University Press, 2019), Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 7e (Pearson, 2018), Law and Society: An Introduction, 2e (Routledge, 2018), and more than thirty journal articles on various topics in criminology and sociology. He is a former president of both the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Textbook and Academic Authors Association.




is Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University. His research interests include comparative criminology, comparative criminal justice, and police organization and procedures. He has published extensively in the area of cross-national crime, policing and comparative police systems. His articles have appeared in journals such as Social Forces, Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly and Sociological Quarterly. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he has studied crime and justice issues in developing nations. He serves on the editorial board of various criminal justice journals and is the past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.




is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, Urban Planning and Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests focus on how neighborhoods change over time, how that change both affects and is affected by neighborhood crime, and the role networks and institutions play in that change. He approaches these questions using quantitative methods as well as social network analysis. He currently co-directs the Irvine Lab for the Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC) with Charis Kubrin. Professor Hipp’s substantive research agenda focuses on the agents of change within neighborhoods and communities. One of his projects studies the spatial distribution of residents’ social networks, an NSF funded project with Carter Butts (see the Center for Networks & Relational Analysis). Professor Hipp is Director of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI), which is an interdisciplinary project that has a commitment to build communities that are economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and socially just by partnering Social Ecology’s world class, boundary-crossing scholarship with expertise throughout Southern California.




is an associate professor and director of graduate programs in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Professor Holtfreter earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Michigan State University and B.A. from the University of Washington. Dr. Holtfreter is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of female offending and victimization, financial crimes, and criminological theory. She is currently working on a solo book, titled Gender, Crime, and Justice (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Her research has appeared in journals such as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Criminology and Public Policy, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and the Journal of Financial Crime. She is currently serving as a technical review panelist for the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) redesign efforts and is a member of the Stanford University Financial Fraud Research Center’s Fraud Taxonomy Work Group.




is Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Human Services at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Lab holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the Florida State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Lab is the author, coauthor or editor of 8 books, including Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices and Evaluation (9th ed.), Victimology (7th ed.), Juvenile Justice (8th ed.), Criminal Justice: The Essentials (4th ed.), and the Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (with Fisher). He is the author of over 50 articles or book chapters and has presented over 70 papers to academic or professional societies. He serves as the Assistant Editor of Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal and is a past editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice. Dr. Lab has been a visiting professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science (University College London) and at Keele University, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University. Dr. Lab has been the PI or co-PI on several funded projects addressing school crime and law enforcement officer misconduct, among others. Dr. Lab served as a past-president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.




is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He has a distinguished track record of research in a range of criminological areas and, in particular, have built an international reputation for excellence in basic and policy-oriented research on money laundering, corruption, cybercrimes, transnational organized crime and white-collar crime. He has played an advisory role both internationally (with the European Commission, Europol, Council of Europe, UN and World Economic Forum) and nationally (with the UK Home Office and Cabinet Office, and with the Crime Statistics Advisory Committee).




is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law at the University of California, Irvine. Her research and writing focuses on the social, psychological, and cultural dynamics of contemporary criminal adjudication and punishment processes. She uses multiple methodological approaches, including experimental design, ethnographic field methods, and archival and other social artifactual analysis to explore research questions of interest. Her new book, Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court was released by Russell Sage Foundation in November 2016. You can access several of her papers on SSRN at: http://ssrn.com/author=1101432. [^] She co-directs the Center in Law, Society and Culture, and serves as vice-chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.




is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Albany. He examines crime and deviance, and his research has focused primarily on the relationship between social organization and crime, with a particular emphasis on criminal homicide. He has also studied the spatial patterning of violent crime, crime in China, and the situational dynamics of violence. Messner received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and his master's degree and doctorate in sociology from Princeton University. He has taught at Columbia University and Nankai University (China).




is Distinguished Professor and Faculty Chair in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC); Co-Editor of the ASC’s flagship journal, Criminology; and 2017 ASC Vice President. She is Co-Director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) and coordinator of the RDCJN’s Research Experience for Undergraduates initiative. Miller’s research utilizes qualitative methods to investigate how inequalities of gender, race, sexuality and place shape participation in crime and risks for victimization, with concentrations in the United States and South Asia. Her books include Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence (NYU Press, 2008)—winner of the American Sociological Association’s Race, Class and Gender Section Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award (2010) and finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award (2009)—and One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2001). Dr. Miller has published dozens of articles and book chapters, including in Criminology, Gender & Society, Signs, Theoretical Criminology, and British Journal of Criminology. She is past recipient of the American Society of Criminology Mentor Award (2015), the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime (2009), the ASC Division on Women and Crime’s Distinguished Scholar Award (2010) and New Scholar Award (2001), and the ASC’s Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award (2001).




is an associate professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is on the doctoral faculties of women’s studies, sociology and criminal justice at the CUNY Graduate Center, NYC. She has extensive research experience and has published over twenty papers in books and peer-reviewed journals, and numerous research monographs and reports. Her most recent publications are on the history of crime, e.g. ‘Rikers Island Jail Complex: The Failure of a Model Penitentiary’ (with Jarrod Shanahan), Prison Journal (forthcoming); ‘New York City’s Captive Work Force: Remembering the Prisoners who Built Rikers Island’ (with Jarrod Shanahan), International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 2018; ‘A Tale of Two Regicides’ for The European Journal of Criminology, 2014 (this was a special issue to launch the European Society of Criminology’s working group on history, and the forthcoming book The Theoretical Foundations of Criminological Theory: Place Time and Context (Routledge, 2019), which presents the core theories of criminology and as historical and cultural products and theorists as producers of culture, writing in particular historical moments. The Theoretical Foundations is a development of the themes explored in Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (jointly edited with K.Hayward and S. Maruna, Routledge, 2011). Jayne is also the author (with Yolanda Ortiz-Rodriguez) of ‘¿Que dirán? Making sense of the impact of Latinas’ experiences of intimate partner violence in New York City, and the book Gender, Violence and the Social Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000, Palgrave reprint, 2011). She is a member of the Howard League for Penal Reform in the UK and SOLON (based at Plymouth University, UK). She was an elected executive officer of the Critical Criminology and Social Justice Division of the American Society of Criminology and is currently the Division’s official archivist. Previously she was European book review editor for the journal Critical Criminology. She is a board member of the British Journal of Criminology and for Current Issues in Criminal Justice.

Jayne is originally from the UK, where she held several senior faculty appointments at the University of Kent, Middlesex University, the Open University and Birkbeck College University of London. She worked for a number of years as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, Middlesex University. In the UK she was an advisor to the Home Office, the London Boroughs of Islington and Hackney and the Metropolitan Police on domestic violence, Safer Cities and Holloway Women’s Prison. She also served as policing consultant to the UK Government’s Irish in Britain All-Parliamentary Group (directed by John McDonnell MP) and was a consultant to the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, University of Bedfordshire. Most recently, Jayne was part of the AIA award recipient ‘Justice in Design’ team, a component of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (2017), which was charged with creating “a blueprint for justice for NYC” and to look into the potential closure of Rikers Island jail. She is currently involved in two research projects: the first is a social history of Rikers Island and the penitentiaries and jails of NYC, the second is on undocumented women, domestic violence and fears of deportation. She is a board member of the Social Change and Transgression Project, CUNY and a co-director of the Social Anatomy of a Deportation Regime Project.




received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1978. Prior to joining the faculty at Arizona State University, she was a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she served as director of graduate studies for 12 years and as department chair for one year. Spohn is the author of How Do Judges Decide? The Search for Fairness and Justice in Punishment. She also is the co-author of five books, including Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System, The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America, and Rape Law Reform: A Grassroots Movement and Its Impact. She has published more than 100 articles on topics such as the effects of race/ethnicity and sex on state and federal sentencing decisions, sentencing of drug offenders, case processing decisions in sexual assault cases, and the deterrent effect of imprisonment. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 1987 her research was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case, McCleskey v. Kemp. In 2011 she was named an ASU Foundation Professor and in 2013 she was awarded ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Defining Edge Research in Social Sciences. She has been the editor of Justice Quarterly since 2011.




is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Graduate Program in Criminology and Justice at St. John’s University in New York. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Davis. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books on white-collar crime, including Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Crisis (University of California Press, 1997), which was a finalist for the prestigious C. Wright Mills award and which was awarded the Albert J. Reiss Award for Outstanding Scholarship by the American Sociological Association; Pump and Dump: The Rancid Rules of the New Economy (Rutgers University Press, 2005); and Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America, now in its 6th edition (Prentice-Hall, 2013).


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is President of the European Society of Criminology. He served as director of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) from 1999 to 2014, and is currently a senior researcher at the Institute. He is also professor of environmental criminology at VU University of Amsterdam. He was co-founder and director of the International Police Institute at Twente University. He established a bachelor and master program in criminology at Leiden University in 2002. He is a former president of the Dutch Society of Criminology, one of the founding fathers of the European Society of Criminology, and editor of various journals. In 2009 he received the Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology. He has published on juvenile delinquency, organized crime, police, criminological theory and methodological issues. His work has been published in journals such as Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, and the British Journal of Criminology. With David Weisburd he edited the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (10 volumes). With Brandon Welsh and Anthony Braga he edited Experimental Criminology: Prospects for Advancing Science and Public Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His current interests are geographical, theoretical and historical criminology.




PhD Columbia University, is Distinguished Research Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. He has published over 300 works, including Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser, Sisters in Crime Revisited: Bringing Gender into Criminology, Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences, and Reaffirming Rehabilitation. His current research focuses on the organization of criminological knowledge, social support theory, and rehabilitation as a correctional policy. He is a Past President of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he received the American Society of Criminology Edwin H. Sutherland Award.



is Professor Emeritus at the Australian National University, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He was a Russell Sage Fellow in Law and Social Science at Yale Law School, and has received the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology for contributions to comparative and international criminology; the Prix Hermann Mannheim from the Centre International de Criminologie Comparée, Université de Montréal, for contributions to the development of comparative criminology; and the Gilbert Geis Lifetime Achievement Award from the (US) National White Collar Crime Center and the White Collar Crime Research Consortium in recognition of outstanding professional contributions in the area of white collar crime.




is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. She previously held Chairs in Criminology at the School of Law, University of Leeds, and at Keele University, UK. Before moving to the UK in 2000, she held positions at the Universities of Bielefeld and Hamburg in Germany. Her field is comparative and international criminology, where she has researched crime and justice in democracies, state crime, and violence, including mass atrocity crimes. She has researched and written widely on transitional justice, with a focus on the Nuremberg Trials and other trials in post-war Germany, and the lives and careers of sentenced Nazi war criminals after punishment. Recent work in this area includes the prevention of mass atrocities, the role of emotions in transitional justice, and its impact on types of violent crimes.




is Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was the recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H. Sutherland Award in 2006, the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2014, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 2015. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data.




PhD, LLD (Cambridge), is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law and Head of Research at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Since 2010 he has been the Visiting Professor of Criminology at Oxford University.
His work, covering both theoretical enquiry and empirical investigation, is in the areas of comparative sociology of law, criminology, and legal and social theory.
Awards he has received include the Sellin-Glueck International award of the American Society of Criminology (2009), the Adam Podgorecki Prize from the International Sociological Association (2011), and the (USA) Law & Society Association’s International Award (2013). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Recent authored and edited books include Crime and Globalization (2013) with Susanne Karstedt, and The Changing Role of Law in Japan: Empirical Studies in Culture, Society and Policy Making (2014) with Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Jeroen Maesschalck, and Stephan Parmentier.




holds positions at the Universities of Cape Town, Griffith, and Montreal, and at the Australian National University. A principal focus of his academic work has been widening criminology’s boundaries, with a primary focus on ‘security governance’. His policy and applied work has been concerned with enhancing safety. Shearing’s research and writing has become increasingly centered on criminology’s responses to the challenges of the Anthropocene. Recent books include Security Governance, Policing, and Local Capacity (CRC, 2013) with Froestad; Where’s the Chicken? Making South Africa Safe (Burnet Media, 2012) with Cartwright; The New Environmental Governance (Earthscan, 2012) with Gunningham and Holley.




is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School, and Senior Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement at Free University in Amsterdam. From 1999 to 2004 he was also Professor of Law and Public Policy and director of The Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Since 2001, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has also been a senior fellow of The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Leiden, since 2003. He specializes in criminal law and teaches courses in criminal law, jurisprudence, and comparative law. He is the author or editor of many books and articles, most recently Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma (Oxford, 2012).




is Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. He is also the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University, and serves as Chief Science Advisor at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, the Steering Committee of the Campbell Crime and Justice Group, the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology, and the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is author or editor of more than 25 books and more than 150 scientific articles. Professor Weisburd is the recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the 2011 Klachky Family Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science, the 2014 Robert Boruch Award for Distinctive Contributions to Research that Informs Public Policy, the 2014 Sutherland Award from the American Society of Criminology, and in 2015 he received the Israel Prize for his contributions to criminology. Professor Weisburd is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.




is Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Criminology and former Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology. He has been studying active urban street criminals, especially residential burglars, armed robbers, carjackers, and drug dealers, for more than a quarter of a century. His most recent book, co-authored with Scott Jacques, is Code of the Suburb: Inside the World of Young Middle-Class Drug Dealers, which is scheduled to be published by the University of Chicago Press in May, 2015. Richard was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 2009.


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Former Editors

Dario Melossi

University of Bologna

Geoff Ward

University of California, Irvine

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