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Criminal Justice’s Fradella Receives WSC Fellows Award

Published: January 15, 2009

Henry (Hank) F. Fradella, professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department at CSULB has been named the 2008-09 recipient of the Fellows Award from the Western Society of Criminology (WSC).

The WSC Fellows Award is conferred annually upon an individual generally associated with the Western region who has made important contributions to the field of criminology and who may not be a member of the society.

“I was both stunned and humbled when I found out I had been selected for the honor,” Fradella said. “I was on the society’s Web site and saw the list of past recipients of the award, and I was shocked to be included into that list of people. I don’t think of myself as being in the same league with some of these individuals.”

Fradella will be presented with the award at the organization’s February meeting in San Diego.

“I nominated Hank for this award because of his significant contributions to our field, especially those in courts and the law,” said Brenda Vogel, a WSC board member and associate professor of criminal justice at CSULB. “He is a prolific author with more than 60 publications, an excellent teacher and a gifted leader. He works harder and more efficiently than anyone I know.

“We are all just amazed at his ability to continue a very active research agenda while serving as chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Cal State Long Beach,” she added. “Since his arrival on campus two years ago he has earned the respect of his faculty and of his fellow chairs.”

Henry (Hank) F. Fradella

WSC is a regional professional society devoted to the scientific study of crime and attracts criminology scholars, students, government officials and public and private practitioners from around the world. The society supports and encourages scholarship and service in support of the field of criminology and criminal justice.

A resident of Irvine, Fradella has been a member of the faculty at CSULB since 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., his M.F.S. and J.D. degrees at George Washington University and his Ph.D. at Arizona State.