Ronald Huff

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine

Areas of Expertise

  • Courts
  • Public policy
  • Juvenile justice
  • Policing
  • Wrongful convictions
  • Gangs

Key Findings

  • Youth gang membership increases the likelihood and frequency that members will commit serious and violent crimes and sell drugs compared to at-risk youths that were not affiliated with a gang. MORE
  • Contrary to popular belief, youths can resist overtures to join a gang without serious reprisals from members. MORE
  • Reprisals that were suffered were often milder than the initiations experienced by other youths who joined gangs. MORE


C. Ronald Huff, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, and in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. He is an expert on criminology, public policy, wrongful convictions, and gangs.

Huff previously served as Dean of the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine; Director of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Criminal Justice Research Center; and President of the American Society of Criminology. He has served on multiple boards for the California Attorney General; the National Gang Center; the Center for Juvenile Law & Policy at Loyola Law School in Los Angles; and continues to serve on the board of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University. He consulted with the attorneys general of California, Ohio, and Hawaii; the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; the FBI National Academy; the U.S. Department of Justice; and served as an expert witness, primarily in cases involving potential wrongful convictions and those involving gang-related crimes.

His publications include more than 100 scholarly papers and 13 books, including “Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes and Remedies in North American and European Criminal Justice Systems” and “Gangs in America.”

Huff received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University; his M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and his B.A. in Psychology from Capital University.