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Hongming Cheng B.A., LL.M., Ph.D.

Professor, Tenured

Faculty Member in Sociology

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Research Area(s)

  • Aboriginal Rights
  • Chinese Law and Society
  • Corporations
  • International Criminology
  • Policing
  • White Collar Crime

About me

Biographical Note

Hongming Cheng is Professor of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, an Edmond J. Safra Network Alumni Fellow at Harvard University, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research in Germany. He was an Invited Individual Expert at the 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and a Faculty Speaker at the 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime in 2009. His research and teaching cover a variety of areas including white-collar crime, business ethics, corporate governance, commercial law, food safety, social control, policing, and transnational crime. He is the author of highly regarded books and articles. His current work in white collar crime uses the term “cheap capitalism” to capture one of the pernicious dimensions of capitalism, and investigates its impact on corporate crime and the ironical effect of the triple helix of government-industry-university. His last book Financial Crime in China: Developments, Sanctions, and the Systemic Spread of Corruption (2015, McMillan/Palgrave) "challenges and expands upon current criminological notions of white-collar crime and offers numerous valuable insights for future research" (commented by American sociologist Henry Pontell). 

Currently Teaching

  • SOC 212.3 Introduction to Criminology
  • SOC 214.3 Social Control
  • SOC 310.3 White Collar and Corporate Crime in the Global Context
  • SOC 311.3 Youth Crime, Justice, and Social Control
  • SOC 312.3 Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • SOC 415.3 Selected Problems in Social Control
  • SOC 418/818.3 Advanced Criminology

Research Interests

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Public attitudes toward policing
  • Land rights of Aboriginal citizens and Chinese peasants
  • Corporations
  • Securities regulation
  • Chinese law and society

Subject Areas for Supervising Written Work

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Youth crime
  • Technology and crime
  • Chinese law and society
  • Comparative law and justice
  • Regulation
  • Sinology

Subject Areas for Accepting Press Inquiries

  • China
  • White collar and corporate crime in the global context
  • Corporate governance
  • International education in law, sociology, and criminology
  • Cheap capitalism
  • Global lawyering
  • Policing
  • Canada-Chinese relations

Selected Publications

Honours and Awards

  • Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow, Harvard University, USA, 2014-15
  • Official Academic Visitor, Centre for Criminology, Oxford University, UK, 2013-14
  • Senior Fellow, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg, Germany, 2013-14
  • Invited Individual Expert, 12th United Nations Congress and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Salvador, Brazil, 2010
  • Invited Speaker, the 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK, 2009
  • Invited Lecturer, RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Team Training Workshop, Vancouver, BC, 2009
  • Expert, ProCon.org on Insider Trading Regulation, 2009 to present
  • Chevening Scholar, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1997-98


Aboriginal Rights Chinese Law and Society Corporations International Criminology Policing White Collar Crime

white-collar crime, international and comparative criminal justice, criminal law, corporations, securities regulation, Chinese law and society, public attitudes toward police, Aboriginal rights and justice.