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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)

Hung-En Sung is Professor and Director of International Research Partnerships. Professor Sung's research revolves around drug abuse treatment, correctional health, police performance, political governance, gender violence, 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 on these issues, engaged in related training and technical assistance activities in Latin America and Asia, and managed $9.6 million in research and institutional grants since 2006. Currently, Professor Sung is a member of the editorial team of the Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica (Spain) and an Executive Councilor of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (2021-2023). He has also taught as a visiting professor in the graduate programs of criminology at the National Taipei University of Taiwan, the Universidad de Chile, and the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas of El Salvador.

Courses Taught

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Professional Memberships

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; American Society of Criminology; European Society of Criminology

English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
Scholarly Work

Selected Publications in International Criminology and Comparative Criminal Justice

Sung, H.-E., Capellan, J. A., & Barthuly, B. (2022). Trust in the police and the militarization of law enforcement in Latin AmericaPolicing and Society, 32(3), 311-340. 

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

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. (2012). Women in government, public corruption and liberal democracy: A panel analysis. Crime, Law and Social Change, 58(3), 195-219.

Stamatel, J., & Sung, H.-E. (Eds.) (2010). Crime and punishment around the world Vol. 2: The Americas. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Sung, H.-E. (2006). Democracy and criminal justice in comparative perspective: From crime control to due process. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 605(1), 311-337. 

Honors and Awards

2023 - Anthem Award in human and civil rights – special projects (with Leandro Amorim and Yuliya Zabyelina), The Webby Awards

2023 - Visiting Professorship, the MA program in Criminology and Prevention Policies, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA), with funding support from UCA, El Salvador.

2022 - Outstanding Experimental Field Trial Award (with Joel Capellan and Stephen Koppel), Division of Experimental Criminology, American Society of Criminology

2022 - Design for a Better World Award (with Leandro Amorim and Yuliya Zabyelina), Centro Brazil Design

2015 - Visiting Professorship, the Graduate School of Criminology, the National Taipei University, with funding support from the the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

2010 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice 

Research Summary

Hung-En Sung is currently leading the training of Salvadoran police in mental health resilience and law enforcement during public health crises (INL 2022-2025), assessing transnational organized crime control in the Western Hemisphere (INL, 2020-2023), mapping the evolution of governance in Central America (PSC-CUNY/INL 2022-2023), 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, 2020-22). 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).