Academic Departments

Edward Sieh, Ph.D.


Office: Plummer House

Tel: 617-243-2407


Department: Justice Studies

Degrees: Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University; M.S., Criminal Justice, San Jose State University; B.S., Mankato State University

Ed Sieh's principal area of scholarly expertise is the pursuit of human dignity in community and institutional corrections. His research and teaching focus upon criminological theory, diplomatic immunity, prison overcrowding, correctional policy, probation, and correctional policy. In the summer of 2014, Professor Sieh was elected President of the Human Rights and Social Justice Thematic Group at the International Sociological Association meeting in Tokyo. The general organization has over 5,000 members.

In 2006, he published Community Corrections and Human Dignity (Jones and Barlett, 2006). His publications have appeared in Federal Probation, Offender Program Report, Advances in Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the British Journal of Criminology. He has also presented numerous papers at the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Professor Sieh served on the faculty of Niagara University for eleven years and most recently at St. Cloud State University for five. At Niagara, he served as department chair and director of the Criminal Justice graduate program.

In addition to his work at Lasell, Professor Sieh also teaches courses on human dignity at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk.

What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses?
"Students should reach so high as to touch a star on their fingertips. Students should be undaunted by today's problems as these concerns provide new opportunities to engage the future."