Phil He

Phil HePhil He, Ph.D.



Dr. Phil He received his law degree (LL.B.) from Xiamen University (China) in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (1997). He is a tenured faculty member at Northeastern University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Boston, MA). A former Associate Dean for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, He currently serves as the Associate Vice-Provost for Graduate Education, Office of the Provost at Northeastern University. He is the recipient of the Professor Robert Sheehan Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in 2008 and the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Criminology and Criminal at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2016.

Phil He’s primary teaching and research interests include policing, comparative criminology, Chinese criminal trials and quantitative methods. He was the Principal Investigator for the U.S. portion of the 30-nation International Self-report Delinquency Study funded by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice (2006-2008). He has been heavily involved in the rule of law reform related projects in China, sponsored by the Ford and the MacArthur Foundations. He was the PI for a two-year pilot project funded by the MacArthur Foundation (2009-2011) to study legal representation and criminal processing in Chinese lower criminal courts. He is the author of three books: Reinventing the Wheel: Marx, Durkheim and Comparative Criminology (1999), Policing in Finland (2006), Chinese Criminal Trials: A Comprehensive Empirical Inquiry (2014) and dozens of refereed articles in academic journals. His monograph on Chinese Criminal Trials received a nomination for Outstanding Book Award in 2014 from the Division of International Criminology, American Society of Criminology.

Phil He has served or is serving on editorial board of professional journals in the U.S. and abroad: Justice Quarterly (official journal of Academy of Criminal Justice Science), Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (Northwestern University Law School), Asian-Pacific Journal of Police and Criminal Justice (official journal of the Asian Association of Police Studies), Xiamen University Journal-Social Sciences (Xiamen University, PRC) and Guanghua Law Review (Southwest University of Finance and Economics, PRC). He has been a frequent guest lecturer with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Phil He is currently the Secretary and Treasurer for the Division of International Criminology (2016-2017), American Society of Criminology and a member of the Presidium for the Asian Criminological Society.