David O. Friedrichs
O'Hara Hall 421
send an email
Research and Teaching Interests: David Friedrichs is Distinguished University Fellow and Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice. He was educated at New York University and taught for nine years at City University of New York (Staten Island). He is the author of Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary Society (ITP/Wadsworth, 1996; 2004; 2007; 2010) and Law in Our Lives: An Introduct ion (Oxford University Press, 2001; 2006). He is editor of State Crime: Volumes I and II (Ashgate, UK, 1998). He has also published well over 100 book chapters, articles, encyclopaedia entries, proceedings papers, and essays on such topics as the legitimation of the legal order, radical criminology, victimology, violence, narrative jurisprudence, the death penalty, postmodern thought, peacemaking criminology, white collar crime, and crimes of states. Over 300 of his book reviews have been published in various journals. Prof. Friedrichs was editor of the Legal Studies Forum between 1985 and 1989. He has also been active with numerous professional associations, and has served as an officer, as committee chair, or committee member for divisions of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association for Humanist Sociology. He has served on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Justice Quarterly, The American Sociologist, Critical Criminology, War, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, and Social Justice. He has served as President at the White Collar Crime Research Consortium (2002-2004), and a Member of the Working Groups on Crime as Business (Wharton School). He has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of South Africa, Ohio University (as Rufus Putnam Visiting Professor), Hebrew University (Israel), and Utrecht School of Law (Netherlands). In 2005 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. He was visiting professor of Law at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, in Spring of 2006. While in Australia he gave lectures at the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania, and the Australian National University. Courses taught by Prof. Friedrichs include Introductory Sociology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Social Problems, Law & Society, White Collar Crime, Victimology, and the Sociology of Deviance. He co-teaches a course on The Holocaust. In the past he has also taught Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, the American Court System, Drugs & Society, Introductory Anthropology and Introductory Philosophy. In terms of university service David Friedrichs currently serves as a member of the University Library Committee and the Judaic Studies Program Advisory Committee. He has also served as a member of the University Fulbright Committee, the Travel Committee, the Research Committee, the CAS Dean's Conference, and The University of Scranton Press Editorial Advisory Board Committee, among other committees.
Additional Information: On the personal side, David Friedrichs is a native of New Rochelle, New York, and has resided in northeast Pennsylvania since 1977 (currently in Clarks Green). He is married to the former Jeanne Windle, and has two children, Jessica (married to Matt Fagerburg) and Bryan. He enjoys traveling with his family, reading and collecting books, genealogy and old photographs, and (now and again) tennis and skiing.