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 (2011)
Certificate, International Studies, New York University (1998) 


Hung-En Sung is a tenured full professor and serves as the current director of the Academy for Security Analysis in the Northern Triangle of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras). Previously, he had worked 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 corrections and rehabilitation, 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 managed $5.5 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

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(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. (SSCI)

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. (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E., Delgado, S., Peña, D. E. , & Paladino, A. (2013).Tyrannizing strangers for profit: Wage theft, cross-border migrant workers, and the politics of exclusion in an era of global economic integration. In D. Brotherton, D. Stageman, & S. Leyro (eds), Outside Justice: The Criminalization of Immigrants in Policy and Practice (pp. 247-268). New York: Springer.

Sung, H.-E., & Chu, D. (2013). The varieties of religious experience and the retention of clients in Taiwanese faith-based residential drug user treatment. Substance Use & Misuse, 48(12), 1219-1232. (SSCI)

Honors and Awards

2015 - Visiting Professor, the Graduate School of Criminology, the National Taipei University, Taiwan 2010 - W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship, National Institute of Justice, USA

Research Summary

Hung-En Sung is currently examining the outcomes of police shootings of civilians with support from PSC CUNY (2017-18) and also collaborating 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). He was a member of the team led by Professor Jeff Mellow to ameliorate prison overcrowding in El Salvador with support from the U.S. Department of State (2017-19) and also serves as an instructor on police reform in a regional training program funded by the Inter-American Bank of Development (2017-19). In 2018, Professor Sung was appointed to lead a regional capacity-building program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development to promote evidence-based practices in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala (2018-20). As the sustainability component of the latter program, a master's program in criminology is being designed at the Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas", El Salvador.  This academic program to be inaugurated in January 2021 will be the first of its kind in the region.   

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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