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Bruce A. Arrigo, PhD Charlotte, NC, USA

Bruce A. Arrigo, Ph.D., is professor of criminology, law, and society and professor of public policy within the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he holds additional faculty appointments in the Psychology Department and in the Public Policy Program. In the College of Health and Human Services, he holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Professor Arrigo is also a faculty associate in the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics—a teaching, research, and service unit of the philosophy department, a senior member of the University Honors College, and a faculty affiliate of Wake Forest University’s Bioethics, Health, and Society Program.


Arrigo is an award-winning researcher and scholar, who has authored or coauthored, and edited or coedited more than 30 books and edited volumes as well as more than 175 scholarly papers. His scholarship examines human justice and social welfare issues at the intersection of law, mental health, and society; theory, culture, and society; and deviance, violence, and society. His recent collaborative works in these areas include The Terrorist Identity (2007), Revolution in Penology: Rethinking the Society of Captives (2009), and The Ethics of Total Confinement: A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice (2011). Recent textbooks and reference works include Ethics, Crime and Criminal Justice, second edition (2012), Introduction to Forensic Psychology, third edition (2012), and The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies (2014). Arrigo is also the founding and current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice.


Arrigo is an elected Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (Psychology and Law, Div. 41) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is also a past recipient of the Bruce Smith, Sr., Award (for distinguished contributions in crime and justice teaching and scholarship), sponsored by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Arrigo has served as a consultant to the Correctional Service of Canada, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, and Savant Learning Systems. These consultancies have emphasized progressive social policy and practice, evidenced-based research and programming, and citizenship-oriented education and training.

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