Henry N. Pontell is Professor Emeritus of criminology, law & society in the School of Social Ecology and of sociology in the School of Social Sciences. He retired from UCI in late 2014 and is currently Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center of the City University of New York. 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 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.
Recent Publications (2007-Present)
Miho Akada, Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, “The Failure of the United States to Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Waseda Comparative Law Review (Japanese, Tokikazu Konishi, translation, in press).
Henry N. Pontell, "Trivializing White-Collar Crime: Theoretical, Empirical, and Policy Implications of Alternative Definitions." In Francis Cullen, Michael Benson and Shanna Van Slyke (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of White-Collar Crime. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (in press).
Adam Ghazi-Tehrani, Bryan Burton, and Henry N. Pontell, “Forgery.” In David Levinson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. London: Sage Publications Ltd. (in press).
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, “Identity Theft,” in Martin Gill (ed.), The Handbook of Security (Second Edition). London: Palgrave Macmillan (2014) pp. 302-320.
Henry N. Pontell, William K. Black and Gilbert Geis. "Too Big to Fail, Too Powerful to Jail? On the Absence of Criminal Prosecutions Following the 2008 Financial Meltdown." Crime, Law and Social Change 61:1 (January 2014) pp.1-13.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, “The Trajectory of White-Collar Crime Following the Great Economic Meltdown.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 30:1 (2014) pp. 70-82.
Stephen M. Rosoff, Henry N. Pontell and Robert Tillman, Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America (Sixth Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall (2014).
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, "Public Policy and White-Collar and Corporate Crime." In Stacy L. Mallicoat and Christine L. Gardiner (eds.) Criminal Justice Policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (2014) pp. 159-174.
Henry N. Pontell, Quan Fang and Gilbert Geis, “Economic Crime and Casinos: China’s Wager on Macau,” Asian Journal of Criminology 9:1 (March 2014) pp. 1-13. Revised and reprinted in Chinese as "Casinos and Crime: China's Expectations and Risks in Macau." Boletim De Estudos De Macau, Journal of Macau Studies 1(2013):118-126.
Henry N. Pontell, “’The Only Reason We Are Here Today is Because of Gil Geis.’” Fraud Magazine (March/April 2013) pp. 26-27.
Henry N. Pontell, Commentary. Symposium on Theft of a Nation: Wall Street Looting and Federal Regulatory Colluding by Gregg Barak, and Who are the Criminals?: The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan, by John Hagan. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 42 (September, 2013) pp.671-673.
Adam Gahzi-Tehrani, Puma Chen, Natasha Pushkarna, Gilbert Geis, and Henry N. Pontell, “White-Collar and Corporate Crime in China: A Comparative Analysis of Enforcement Capacity and Non-Issue Making.” Crime, Law and Social Change 60:3 (October 2013) pp. 241-260.
Henry N. Pontell and William K. Black, "White-Collar Criminology and the Occupy Wall Street Movement." The Criminologist 37:1 (January/February, 2012) pp. 1-6.
Gilbert Geis and Henry N. Pontell. "Corporate Codes of Conduct in the United States." Compliance & Ethics Professional: May/June (2012):54-65.
Tomson H. Nguyen and Henry N. Pontell, "Fraud and Inequality in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis." In Mathieu Deflem (ed.) Economic Crisis and Crime (Series in Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance). Bingley, UK: Jai Press/Emerald Publishing Group (2011) pp. 3-24.
Stephen M. Rosoff and Henry N. Pontell, Cyber Crime, in Clifton Bryant (ed.) Handbook of Deviant Behavior. London: Routledge (2011) pp. 417-426.
Henry N. Pontell and Gregory C. Brown, Identity Theft, in Clifton Bryant (ed.) Handbook of Deviant Behavior. London: Routledge (2011) pp. 427-433.
David Shichor, Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, Illegally Backdated Stock Options. In Mathieu Deflem (ed.) Economic Crisis and Crime (Series in Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance). Bingley, UK: Jai Press/Emerald (2011) pp. 127-142.
Henry N. Pontell, Global Meltdown: Fraud in Financial Crises, in Henry N. Pontell and Stephen M. Rosoff (eds.) Social Deviance: Readings in Theory and Research. New York: McGraw-Hill (2011) pp. 30-39; Revised and reprinted in Waseda Proceedings of Comparative Law, Vol. 12, 2009: 248-270; Revised and reprinted in Chinese (Su Mingyue, translation) Journal of Chinese Criminal Law, Vol. 1 (Beijing, 2011) pp. 116-121.
Henry N. Pontell and Stephen M. Rosoff (eds.), Social Deviance: Readings in Theory and Research. New York: McGraw-Hill (2011).
Henry N. Pontell, The Impact of the Crisis: An Overview of Mortgage Fraud. Written testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Miami, FL, September 21, 2010. Cited (p.161) in The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Asia. Asian Journal of Criminology 5:2 (2010) pp. 83-88.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, How to Effectively Get Crooks Like Bernie Madoff in Dutch. Criminology & Public Policy 9:3 (August 2010) pp. 475-481.
Tomson H. Nguyen and Henry N. Pontell, Mortgage Origination Fraud and the Global Economic Crisis: A Criminological Analysis.Criminology & Public Policy 9:3 (August 2010) pp. 591-612.
Henry N. Pontell, Wall St. Fraud and Fiduciary Responsibilities: Can Jail Time Serve as an Adequate Deterrent for Willful Violations? Written testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, May 4, 2010, Serial No. J-111-88. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, pp. 132-141. Reprinted in Gilbert Geis, A Documentary History of White-Collar and Corporate Crime. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press (2011) pp. 326-330.
Stephen M. Rosoff, Henry N. Pontell and Robert Tillman, Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America (Fifth Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall (2010).
David Shichor, Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, "On Criminological Indifference to the Global Economic Crisis." The Criminologist 35:2 (March/April, 2010) pp.24-25.
Henry N. Pontell, "Gilbert Geis: Perspectives on White-Collar Crime Scandals," in Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory edited by Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (2010) pp. 355-358.
Henry N. Pontell, Identity Theft: Bounded Rationality, Research and Policy. Criminology & Public Policy 8:2 (May 2009) pp. 263-270.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, White-Collar and Corporate Crime in International Perspective, in K. Jaishankar (ed.), International Perspectives on Crime and Justice. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009) pp. 2-19; Revised and reprinted in Chinese (Su Mingyue, translation) as White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Global Perspective, International Criminal Law Review 5 (Beijing, 2010) pp. 205-228.
Henry N. Pontell and Stephen M. Rosoff, White-Collar Delinquency. Crime, Law and Social Change 51:1 (February, 2009) pp.147-162.
Gilbert Geis, Gregory C. Brown and Henry N. Pontell, Internet Gambling, in Frank Schmallager and Michael Pittaro (eds.), Crimes of the Internet. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009, pp. 166-190.
Henry N. Pontell, Gregory C. Brown and Anastasia Tosouni, Stolen Identities: A Victim Survey, in Megan M. McNally and Graeme R. Newman (eds.), Perspectives on Identity Theft. Crime Prevention Studies Vol. 23. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, 2008, pp. 57-85.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, Religion and the Psychology of Gambling in China and the U.S., in Marco J. Esposito (ed.), The Psychology of Gambling. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2008, pp. 1-14. Reprinted in Joan C. Upton (ed.), Religion and Psychology Research Progress. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2008, pp. 145-158; Revised and reprinted in Chinese (Su Mingyue, translation) in Jingshi Law Review (Bejing) Vol. 4, 2010, pp. 401-414.
Henry N. Pontell, Stephen M. Rosoff and Andrew Peterson, Lenient Justice? Punishing White-Collar and Corporate Crime, in Shlomo Giora Shoham, Ori Beck and Martin Kett (eds.), The International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice. Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, 2008, pp. 709-731.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, The Paradox of Economic Crime in Japan: The Thalidomide Scourge, The Lockheed Scandal, and Endemic Political Corruption, Special issue of Monatsschrift Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, edited by Kai-D. Bussmann, Crossing the Borders: Economic Crime From an International Perspective. Inhalt Heft 2/3 (Juni 2007):103-113; Revised and reprinted in Japanese in Saitama Social Science Review, (Tokikazu Konishi, translation), Nippon no Keizai-Hanzai ni okeru Paradox Thalidomide-ka, Lockheed-Jiken, and Kouzouteki-na Seiji-Oshoku. Saitama-Daigaku Shakai-Kagaku-Ronshu Dai 123 gou (2008): 49-63.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, Black Mist and White Collars: Economic Crime in the U.S. and Japan. Asian Journal of Criminology 2:2 (December 2007) pp.111-126. Reprinted in Japanese in Waseda Comparative Law Review (Tokikazu Konishi, translation), Kuroikiri to 'White-Collar' Zoku --Keizaihanzai no Nichibeihikaku. Wasedadaigaku Hikakuhougaku Dai 40 kan, Dai 3 gou, (2007):63-88.
Tokikazu Konishi, Henry N. Pontell, and Gilbert Geis, Forensic Accounting in Japan. Journal of Forensic Accounting Vol. VIII (2007), pp. 141-154.
Henry N. Pontell, Gilbert Geis, and Gregory C. Brown, Offshore Gambling and the World Trade Organization: Is Internet Gambling Criminal Behavior or a Commodity? International Journal of Cyber Criminology 1:1 (January 2007) pp. 119-136.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis, New Times, New Crimes: 'Blocking' Financial Identity Fraud, in Frank Bovenkerk and Michael Levi (eds.), The Organized Crime Community: Essays in Honor of Alan Block. New York: Springer (2007) pp. 45-58.
Henry N. Pontell and Gilbert Geis (eds.), The International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime. New York: Springer (2007).