Phil is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. A former Associate Dean for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Phil served as Associate Vice Provost and then Vice Provost for Graduate Education from 2012-2018. As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs since 2018, he has co-hosted the Provost’s diversity recruitment forums with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development. Over the past year, in conjunction with Debra Franko and as a member of the Presidential Council on Diversity and Inclusion, Phil has been leading a group effort focused on university-wide anti-racist and cultural literacy training, and sat on the working group to improve racial, ethnic and cultural studies at Northeastern. Among other responsibilities, he will continue this work in his new capacity.
Phil was the recipient of the Professor Robert Sheehan Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Phil was the PI for the U.S. portion of the 30-nation International Self-Report Delinquency Study funded by the National Institute of Justice. He has been actively involved in the rule of law reform related projects in China, sponsored by the Ford and the MacArthur Foundations. He was the PI for a MacArthur Foundation project to study legal representation and criminal processing in Chinese lower criminal courts. Phil was the Secretary and Treasurer for the Division of International Criminology, American Society of Criminology. He also serves as the Vice Chairman on the Asian Criminological Society Supervisory Board. Phil was the Treasurer and is now President of the Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents.