Henry Pontell

Henry PontellProfessor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society and Sociology
UC Irvine School of Social Ecology

Henry Pontell is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Criminology, Law and Society and Sociology at UCI, and Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York. He is also a member of the Doctoral Faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center.

At UCI, he served as Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and 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 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.

He conceived and led the development of the Master of Advanced Study (MAS) Program in Criminology, Law and 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, shortly after he retired as its Director.

His research and teaching interests include deviance and social control, white-collar and corporate crime, punishment and criminal justice system capacity issues, financial and health care fraud, identity theft, comparative criminology, and cyber crime. He has lectured at universities and government offices throughout the world, testified before the U.S. Senate on financial fraud, given invited presentations to The National Academies and the U.S. Department of Justice, and worked with numerous organizations and law enforcement agencies including the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service. His research on white-collar crime has been highlighted in the national and international media.

Among other awards and honors, Dr. Pontell has received the Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association, the Donald R. 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 and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University, and the Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Distinguished University Service Award at UC, Irvine.

His books include International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (Springer), Social Deviance (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 served as Vice-President of the American Society of Criminology and President of the Western Society of Criminology, and is a Fellow of both organizations. He is currently President of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium of the National White-Collar Crime Center.