Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law & Society

Ph.D. The Ohio State University
(949) 798-9281
2375 Social Ecology II



criminology and public policy; wrongful convictions; gangs

Curriculum Vitae: 

C. Ronald Huff is Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Society and previously served as Dean (1999 - 2009) of the School of Social Ecology at UCI.  He is also Professor Emeritus in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where he taught from 1979 - 1999, directed the John Glenn School of Public Affairs (1994-1999), and directed the Criminal Justice Research Center (1979 - 1999).  He also taught at Purdue University (1976 - 1979); at UC Irvine (1974 - 1976); and as Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii (1995).

His 13 books include Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems; Wrongful Conviction: International Perspectives on Miscarriages of Justice; and Gangs in America (3 editions). In addition, he has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and major research reports. He has served as a consultant to the attorneys general of California, Ohio, and Hawaii; the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; the F.B.I. National Academy; the U.S. Department of Justice; and numerous other agencies and organizations throughout the nation. For many years, he was a consultant to the Strategic Response Bureau of the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Police.  He has also served on the advisory board of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles; on the California Attorney General's Research and Policy Advisory Committee; on the advisory board of the National Gang Center; and on an American Bar Association advisory committee on wrongful convictions. His honors include the August Vollmer Award, the Herbert Bloch Award, and the Graduate Student Paper Award from from the American Society of Criminology; the Gerhard O.W. Mueller International Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the Donald Cressey Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency; the Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology; and an Academic Book of the Year Award from the American Library Association.
Dr. Huff was also elected as President (2000 - 2001) and as a Felow (2002) of The American Society of Criminology.

Selected Publications

  • Huff, C.R. “Research with Considerations of Use: Problem-Driven Research and Attempts to Improve Public Policy and Practice” (The August Vollmer Award Address).  Criminology & Public Policy, 2016, 15(4): 5 – 15.

  • Huff, C.R. and J. Barrows.  “Documenting Gang Activity: Intelligence Databases.”  Pp.59-77 in S.H. Decker and D.C. Pyrooz (eds.), Handbook on Gangs and Gang Responses.  New York: Wiley, 2015.

  • Huff, C.R. “Wrongful Convictions: Psychological and Criminal Justice System Contributors.”  In A. Kapardis and D.P. Farrington (eds.), The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Courts.  New York and London: Routledge, 2016 (in press).

  • Barrows, J. and C.R. Huff, “Les bases de données et les politiques publiques” (“Gang Databases and Public Policy Issues”).  Pp. 282 – 298 in J.P. Guay and C. Fredette (eds.) Le phenomene des gangs de rue: Théories, évaluations interventions (Treatise on Street Gangs : Theories, Evaluations and Interventions).  Montréal: Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal (University of Montreal Press), 2014.

  • Killias, M. and C.R. Huff, “Wrongful Convictions under a Consensual Criminal Justice System.”  Pp. 407-415 in C. Kelk, F. Koenraadt, and D. Siegel (eds.), Veelzijdige gedachten: Liber amicorum prof. dr. Chrisje Brants (Dutch title), (Versatile Mind: Liber Amicorum Professor Chrisje Brants (English translation). The Haag, Netherlands: Boom/Lemma Publishers, 2013.

  • Huff, C.R.  “Wrongful Convictions: Implications for Psychology and Law.”  Pp. 165-173 in A. Kuhn et al (eds.), Criminology, Criminal Policy and Criminal Law in an International Perspective.  Bern, Switzerland: Stämpfli Verlag, 2013

  • Huff, C.R. and M. Killias (eds.), Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems.  New York: Routledge, 2013.

  • "Transitional Justice and Convictions Based on Political Repression."  Pp. 241-250 in E. W. Plywaczewski (ed.), Current Problems of the Penal Law and Criminology,  Volume 5. Warsaw, Poland: Wolters Kluwer Publishing, 2012.
  • Huff, C.R., and F.R. Scarpitti, "The Origins and Development of Containment Theory: Walter C. Reckless and Simon Dinitz." Pp. 277 - 294 in F.T. Cullen et al, The Origins of American Criminology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.  2011.
  • Huff, C.R. "Conclusions from an International Overview."  Pp. 39 - 48 in M. Jolicoeur (ed.), International Perspectives on Wrongful Convictions.  Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, 2010.
  • Barrows, J., and C.R. Huff, "Gangs and Public Policy: Constructing and Deconstructing Gang Databases." Criminology & Public Policy, 2009, 8(4): 675 - 703.
  • Huff, C.R., and M. Killias (eds.), Wrongful Conviction: International Perspectives on Miscarriages of Justice. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008, 318 pp.
  • Huff, C.R., "Wrongful Conviction: The American Experience." Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2004, 46 (2): 107 - 120.
  • Huff, C.R., "Comparing the Criminal Behavior of Youth Gangs and At Risk Youths." Pp. 77 - 89 in F.-A. Esbensen, S.G. Tibbetts, and L. Gaines (eds), American Youth Gangs at the Milennium. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2004.
  • Huff, C.R., "Wrongful Conviction: Causes and Public Policy Issues." Criminal Justice (American Bar Association), 2003, 18 (1): 15 - 19.
  • Huff, C .R. (ed.). Gangs in America III. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, 332 pp.
  • Huff, C.R., "What Can We Learn From Other Nations About the Problem of Wrongful Conviction?" Judicature, 2002, 86 (2): 91 - 97.
  • Huff, C.R., "Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy." Criminology, 2002,  40 (1): 1-18.
  • Flannery, D., and C.R. Huff (eds.), Youth Violence:Prevention, Intervention, and Social Policy. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1999, 322 pp.
  • Flannery, D.J., C.R. Huff, and M.J. Manos. "Youth Gangs: A Developmental Perspective." Pp. 175-204 in T.P. Gullotta, G.R. Adams, and R. Montemayor (eds.), Delinquent Violent Youth: Theory and Interventions (Vol. 9, Advances in Adolescent Development). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997.
  • Huff, C.R., A. Rattner, and E. Sagarin. Convicted but Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1996, 180 pp. (Outstanding Academic Book Award, American Libary Association)
  • Huff, C.R. (ed.), Gangs in America (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1996, 322 pp.
  • Goldstein, A.P., and C.R. Huff (eds.). The Gang Intervention Handbook. Champaign, IL: Research Press, 1993, 522 pp.


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