Dr. Gary Feinberg
Dr. Gary Feinberg has been at St. Thomas University since 1980. He has served as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Counseling for over 15 years. As he explains, “My tenure at STU has been a “story of promises made and promises kept.” A sociologist trained at New York University and the Union Institute, he has done post doctoral research at the University of Oxford in England and participated in numerous exchanges abroad including at the Frei University of Brussels, the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. An active member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, he has traveled extensively as a research scholar publishing papers on comparative justice systems, white collar crime and the sociology of the law. Dr. Feinberg made headlines some years ago for his innovative work on “Elderly Delinquents” and crime by the elderly. This research earned him interviews by numerous national radio and television shows and even Time Magazine.
Current Research Interests
More recently Dr. Feinberg has published articles about the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, the German Federal Constitutional Court, and Petit Corruption in Cambodia. This passed summer he participated as a citizen ambassador in an Eisenhower Foundation study of crime and justice in China led by Dr. Jeff Walker, former President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A veteran China researcher, Dr. Feinberg was especially interested in women’s rights in China, legal education, and Chinese criminal law and procedures. He met with leaders of major international law firms in Beijing as well as Guiyang and visited with the law faculty at the East China Normal University in Shanghai.
A popular teacher, Dr. Feinberg has lectured at the University of Miami, Florida International University and the University of South Florida. A traditional “chalk and talk” professor, (“I can do PowerPoint presentations, but I don’t!), Dr. Feinberg is a good story teller who can keep students on the edge of their chairs, driving home intellectual insights with a good sense of the absurd and a wonderful wit.
I like to travel. And my profession as a sociologist with interests in crime, law, and justice has taken me to numerous off-the main road destinations. I have been part of a legal delegation that was privileged to meet with the mayor of Inner Mongolia, interviewed Viet Cong war victims in Vietnam, talked with Aki Ra, Cambodian hero who worked to neutralize land mines throughout his homeland, met with officials at Long Bay Prison near Sidney, Australia, talked with monks in Tibet about religious freedom, chatted with the Lord Mayor of Dublin about “the Troubles in Ireland, and interviewed some of the Mothers of the Disappeared in Buenos Aires. A colleague, in the early 1980s once observed, “Feinberg, you make great company in a third world bar!” I can only hope to live up to that image.