Hung-En Sung
Phone number
(212) 237-8412
Room number
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)
B.A., 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 $13.5 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 served as 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

CJBA 410/411 Senior Thesis I and II; CJBA 400/401 Criminal Justice Internship Experience I and II; CJBA 380 Special Topics in Criminal Justice; CJBA 365 Change and Innovation in Criminal Justice; 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 882 Grant Writing; 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 702 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems ; ICJ 770 Capstone Seminar; ICJ 780 Internship in International Research Projects

Professional Memberships

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

Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
Scholarly Work


Sung, H.-E., Capellan, J. A., & Barthuly, B. (2022). Trust in the police and the militarization of law enforcement in Latin America. Policing 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

2024    William Petak Award (with J. Rivera, K. Quick, E. Herrera, & K. Escobar Ortiz) - Section on Emergency and Crisis Management, American Society for Public Administration  

2023    Anthem Award – category: 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), El Salvador, with funding support from UCA.

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

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

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

2007 – 2009, 2011    Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award, Provost’s Office, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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

Research Summary

Hung-En Sung is currently implementing the model precinct/smart police initiative in Peru (INL 2024-2027), 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).