Professor Henry N. Pontell Receives Vollmer Award

Henry N. Pontell, PhD, distinguished professor of sociology, received the 2024 August Vollmer Award, one of the highest honors of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), which recognizes “an individual whose scholarship and professional activities have made outstanding contributions to justice and/or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.” The award will be presented at the 2024 ASC Annual Meeting in November.

This is the fourth major award Pontell received in the last two years. In 2023, he was honored with two awards from the American Society of Criminology Division of White-Collar & Corporate Crime: the 2023 Outstanding Book Award for Wayward Dragon: White-Collar and Corporate Crime in China (Springer), with Adam Ghazi-Tehrani, and the 2023 Outstanding Article Award for “In-Your-Face Watergate: Neutralizing Government Lawbreaking and the War Against White-Collar Crime” in Crime, Law and Social Change, with Robert Tillman and Adam Ghazi-Tehrani. Pontell also won the 2023 Bruce Smith, Sr. Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Pontell's research and teaching interests include deviance and social control, white-collar and corporate crime, punishment and criminal justice system capacity issues, financial and health care fraud, identity theft, political corruption, comparative criminology and cybercrime. He has lectured at universities and government offices throughout the world, testified before the U.S. Senate on financial fraud, given invited presentations to the National Academies and the U.S. Department of Justice and worked with numerous organizations and law enforcement agencies including the FBI and U.S. Secret Service. Pontell’s research on white-collar crime has been highlighted in the national and international media and he continues conducting domestic and comparative research on white-collar and corporate crime.

Pontell’s publications include The International Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (Springer), Social Deviance (McGraw Hill), Profit Without Honor: White-Collar Crime and the Looting of America (Pearson), Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Crisis (University of California Press), A Capacity to Punish: The Ecology of Crime and Punishment (Indiana University Press), Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honor of Gilbert Geis (Pearson), Looting America: Greed, Corruption, Villains and Victims (Prentice Hall), Prescription for Profit: How Doctors Defraud Medicaid (University of California Press), Financial Crime and Crises in the Era of False Profits (Oxford University Press) and Wayward Dragon: White-Collar and Corporate Crime in China (Springer). Pontell is also editor of Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice, an Oxford University Press book series, and editor-in-chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Among other awards and honors, Pontell received the Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Crime, Law and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association, the Donald R. Cressey Award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Paul Tappan and Joseph T. Lohman Awards from the Western Society of Criminology, the Herbert Bloch Award and the  Gil Geis Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology, the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University and the Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award from UC Irvine. 

Pontell is an honorary fellow of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong as well as a past vice president of the American Society of Criminology, a past president of the Western Society of Criminology, and is a fellow of both organizations.