The establishment of the ASC Division of White Collar and Corporate Crime (Current Co-Chairs: Wim Huisman & Nicky Piquero) is rooted in the White Collar Crime Research Consortium (WCCRC), an organization that developed under the sponsorship of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). The NW3C is the only federal entity with the term “white collar crime” as part of its name. It has focused on promoting attention to and providing resources in response to some forms of white collar crime, especially crimes that victimized corporations, but has focused less attention on white-collar crimes committed by corporations and professionals. The WCCRC established annual awards in 2008 for publications and other achievements, with the Lifetime Achievement Award being renamed the Gilbert Geis Lifetime Achievement Award following the presentation of the first award to Gil Geis.
Over the years a number of Consortium members began to discuss the possibility of establishing a division of white collar crime within the American Society of Criminology. Henry Pontell and Mike Levi were among the key people in pursuing this initiative. The Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime was formally approved by ASC in 2016 and came into being in 2017, with Kristy Holtfreter serving as the first chair, and Michael L. Benson as the second chair, of the division. Perhaps the most noteworthy accomplishment of the division, to date, has been the establishment of a new journal, Journal of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, with Gregg Barak playing the key role in this initiative, which formally came into being in 2019. Barak and Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi are the inaugural co-editors of this new journal, which will be published by Sage Publications.
- New ASC Members should refer to the Divisions section of the membership form.
- Existing ASC Members may add this Division to their current ASC membership as per the member’s membership portal landing page.
- Active/Retired Member w/ online journal ($20)
- Active/Retired Member w/ print journal ($35)
- Student Member ($5)
- Student Member w/ online journal ($10)