Hung-En Sung

Hung-En Sung

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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 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 nearly $6 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 work and mentoring services. Professor Sung has taught and published in English, Spanish, and Chinese languages and is a member of the editorial board of the Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica (Spain)

Professional Memberships

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; American Association of Sociology; American Society of Criminology; International Studies Association

Course Taught

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Languages spoken/fluent in

English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese

Scholarly Work

Selected Publications in Global Criminology and Comparative Criminal Justice

Capellan, J. A., Kim, C., Porter, J., & Sung, H.-E (in press).  Can information about “safe places” reduce female victimization in Honduras? A quasi-experimental evaluation of the SafeWalking app. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1080/01924036.2021.1930564

Kim, C., Capellan, J.A., Sung, H.E., & Orellana, E. (in press). Combating intimate partner violence (IPV) through community-based interventions in Honduras. Violence Against Women. DOI: 10.1177/10778012211008995

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. DOI: 10.1007/s11292-020-09443-w

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 en América Latina y el Caribe: Módulo 5). Washington, DC: Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

Schmuhl, M., Sung, H.-E., Na, C. (2018). Gender equality and state executions within and across 100 countries from 1997-2010. International Criminal Justice Review, 28(2), 97-117.

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

Jou, S., Lin, Y., Sung, H.-E., Teng, L.-W., Syue, W.-T., Pay, C.-F., & Lu, Y.-F. (2016). Victim’s roles and controversies in criminal justice. The Military Law Journal, 62(4), 1-17. (In Chinese) 周愫嫻、林育聖、宋弘恩、鄧樂維、薛褘葶、白鎮福、呂宜芳,2016,〈犯罪被害人參與刑事司法程序的角色與爭議〉,《軍法專刊》,第 62 卷第 4 期,1-17 頁。

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.

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

Sun, I. Y., Chu, D., & Sung, H.-E. (2011). The mediating effects of economic deprivation on crime: A cross-national analysis. Asian Journal of Criminology, 6(1), 15-32.

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

Strobl, S., & Sung, H.-E. (2009). Attitudes about gender integration among Bahraini policewomen. Policing & Society, 19(4), 425-441.

Sung, H.-E. (2009). Transnational corruption in weapon procurement in East Asia: A case analysis. Sociological Focus, 42(3), 254-275.

Sun, I. Y., Sung, H.-E., & Chu, D. (2007). Collateral gains from the military? A cross-national analysis of the armed forces-crime relationship. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 51(5), 599-614. 

Sung, H.-E. (2006). Police effectiveness and democracy: Shape and direction of the relationship. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 29(2), 347-367. 

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. 

Sung, H.-E. (2006). From victims to saviors? Women, power, and corruption. Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, 105(689), 139-143. 

Sung, H.-E. (2006). Structural determinants of police effectiveness in market democracies. Police Quarterly, 9(1), 3-19. 

Sung, H.-E. (2005). Between demand and supply: Bribery in international trade. Crime, Law and Social Change, 44(1), 111-131. 

Sung, H.-E. (2004). Democracy and organized crime: Evidence from fifty-nine countries. Security Journal, 17(4), 21-34. 

Sung, H.-E. (2004). State failure, economic failure, and predatory organized crime: A comparative analysis. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 41(2), 111-129. 

Sung, H.-E. (2004). Democracy and political corruption: A cross-national comparison. Crime, Law and Social Change, 41(2), 179-194. 

Sung, H.-E. & Chu, D. (2003). Does participation in the world economy reduce political corruption? An empirical inquiry. International Journal of Comparative Criminology, 3(2), 94-118.

Sung, H.-E. (2003) Fairer sex or fairer system? Gender and corruption revisited. Social Forces, 82(2), 705-725. 

Sung, H.-E. (2002) A convergence approach to the analysis of political corruption: A cross- national study. Crime, Law, and Social Change, 38(2), 137-160. 

Sung, H.-E. & Reed, J. (1995) Migration and crime in Europe. Social Pathology, 3(3), 228-252.  

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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