Hank Fradella
Professor, School Associate Director, Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Faculty Honors Advisor
School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Hank Fradella is a professor, associate director, undergraduate programs director, and faculty honors advisor for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.  He earned a B.A. in psychology from Clark University, a master’s in forensic science and a law degree from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary justice studies from Arizona State University.  He is a nationally-recognized expert on the insanity and diminished capacity defenses and on the evolution of constitutional criminal procedure.  Dr. Fradella is the author or co-author of nine books and 80 articles, book chapters, reviews, and scholarly commentaries that have appeared in outlets such as the American Journal of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Policy Review, the Criminal Law Bulletin, Criminology & Public Policy, the Federal Courts Law Review, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, the Journal of Law and Sexuality, The Justice Systems Journal, Law and Psychology Review, and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.  His scholarly accomplishments led him to be inducted as a Fellow of the Western Society of Criminology (WSC) in 2009, his selection as the receipient of the Richard Tewksbury Award in 2017, his election as the Society’s vice-president in 2011 and president in 2012.  He served as the co-editor of the WSC’s official journal, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, from November 2013 through February 2017. Dr. Fradella currently serves as the executive director of the WSC.

C.V.: PDF icon fradella_cv_apa_08-2017.pdf

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Research Interests:

  • The insanity and diminished capacity defenses
  • Constitutional criminal procedure
  • Judicial use, acceptability, and understanding of forensic and behavioral scientific evidence
  • Mental health issues in correctional populations
  • Media depictions of law and justice-related issues
  • The legal regulation of sex and sexualities