GILBERT GEIS is currently professor of sociology at California State College at Los Angeles. He studied at Colgate University, the University of Stockholm, and Brigham Young University, and received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1953. He was a Fulbright and Social Science Research Council Fellow in Norway, 1951-52, taught at the University of Oklahoma from 1952 to 1957, and was a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Sociology at the Harvard Law School in 1965-66. He has been project director on grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Walter E. Meyer Research Institute of Law, and research director of an Office of Economic Opportunity program employing former narcotic addicts in street work with addicts and as classroom assistants in junior high schools.
Professor Geis' major publications include The East Los Angeles Halfway House for Narcotic Addicts, Juvenile Gangs ( President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime, 1965), The Longest Way Home, with William E. Bittle, and Man, Crime, and Society, with Herbert A. Bloch , as well as many articles on crime and delinquency.
Professor Geis has served as chairman of the section on Crime and Delinquency of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and as secretary-treasurer of the criminology section of the American Sociological Association. He has been a consultant to the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice; in this capacity he was responsible for draft statements on white-collar crime and on compensation to victims of violent crime.