Hung-En Sung

Hung-En Sung

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Room 636.08, Haaren Hall


Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany (2000, Criminal Justice)
M.A., State University of New York at Albany (1993, Criminal Justice)
Licentiate, Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina (1992, Psychology)
Certificate, Epidemiology, Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health (2011)
Certificate, International Studies, New York University - School of Professional Studies (1998) 


Hung-En Sung is Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Director of International Research Partnerships in the Office of for the Advancement of Research. Previously, he had served as Research Director at Kings County's District Attorney Office (1996-2001) and Research Associate at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (2001-2006). Professor Sung's research revolves around community corrections, correctional health, police behavior, political corruption, and the impact of democratization on crime and justice. Justice reform in transitional societies has been an important focus of his scholarly and consulting work. He has published extensively on these issues and engaged in related training and technical assistance activities in Latin America and Asia. Professor Sung has brought in and/or managed $5.8 million in research and institutional grants since 2006. He was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship by the National Institute of Justice in 2010, a Visiting Professorship at the National Taipei University with funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan in 2015, and several intra-mural recognitions for his scholarly and mentoring works. Professor Sung has taught and published in English, Spanish, and Chinese languages. 

Professional Memberships

American Society of Criminology

Course Taught

CJBA 410/411 Senior Thesis I and II
COR 415 Senior Colloquium on Major Works in Corrections
CRJ 425 Senior Colloquium on Major Works in Criminal Justice 
CRJ 715 Research Design and Methods
CRJ 716 Using Computers in Social Research
CRJ 787 Seminar on Crime Analysis and Crime Prevention
CRJ 793 Comprehensive Review
CRJ 800 Faculty-Mentored Research in Criminal Justice
CRJ 70200 Survey of Research Methods I
CRJ 70300 Survey of Research Methods II 
CRJ 88200 Applied Biostatistics in Criminological & CJ Research
CRJ 84800 Public Health Challenges in Criminal Justice 
ICJ 770 Capstone Seminar

Languages spoken/fluent in

English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese

Scholarly Work

Capellan, J. A., Koppel, S., & Sung, H.-E. (in press). The effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy on recidivism among parolees in Central America: Evidence from a Honduran experiment. Journal of Experimental Criminology

Sung, H.-E., Rajah, V., Delgado, S., & Peña, D. (2020). Viajes violentos, almas heridas: Exposición a la violencia, cruce de fronteras y resultados del Trastorno de Estrés Postraumático (TEPT) entre las mujeres latinas indocumentadas migrantes. Administración Pública y Seguridad Ciudadana, 3, 405-430.

Sung, H.-E. (2018, setiembre). Modernización policial (Líderes para la gestión en seguridad ciudadana y justicia: Módulo 5). Washington, DC: Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

Sung, H.-E. (2018). Desarrollar la capacidad académica de las universidades para combatir la inseguridad: Lecciones de los Estados Unidos para el triángulo norte de Centroamérica.  Administración Pública y Seguridad Ciudadana, 1, 11-30.

Sung, H.-E., Delgado, S., Peña, D. E., & Paladino, A. (2016). Surveillance without protection: Policing undocumented migrant workers in an American suburb. The British Journal of Criminology, 56(5), 877-897

Sung, H.-E., Mellow, J., Vaughan, R., & Drucker, E. (2016). Building infrastructure and capacity for correctional health research in a college of criminal justice: Lessons and promises. The Prison Journal96(2), 304-328. 

Honors and Awards

2015 - Visiting Professorship, the Graduate School of Criminology, the National Taipei University, sponsored by the the Ministry of Science and Technology,Taiwan

2010 - W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship, National Institute of Justice, USA

Research Summary

Hung-En Sung is currently assessing transnational organized crime in the Western Hemisphere (INL 2020-2021) and working with researchers from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina, to create an open-source data platform to track violent crime incidents and their ecological risks in the city of Santa Fe (PSC-CUNY, 2020-21). He had previously examined the outcomes of police shootings of civilians with support from PSC CUNY (2017-18) and also collaborated with psychologists from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, to evaluate tablet-based tests of self-control with funding from Banco Santander and PSC-CUNY (2017-19).   

Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Criminal justice reform in transitional societies
Police behavior; police modernization 
International technical assistance and training 
Offender rehabilitation
Political corruption 

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