Hank Nuwer is a journalist who writes on education, books and authors, sports, health and the environment. He accepts some freelance assignments at Hnuwer@franklincollege.edu. He maintains the Hazing Deaths database (to be updated publicly in his new book, Hazing in American Culture, January 2023. He is a professor emeritus at Franklin College.
His book, Rendezvousing with Contemporary Authors, has interviews with David Mamet, William Least Heat Moon, Kurt Vonnegut, Rosemary Rogers, James Dickey, John Jakes, Maurice Sendak and many other writers.
He has written books suitable for teens including Sons of the Dawn, High School Hazing, The Legend of Jesse Owens, Steroids and To the Young Writer.
Hank graduated from Buffalo State College (B.S.) and New Mexico Highlands University (M.A.); he has an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York (Buffalo State, 2006) and taken additional graduate coursework at the University of Nevada and Hamline University.
Ball State University awarded him its doctoral equivalency for his research and publications in 1986 and elected him in 2010 to the BSU Journalism Hall of Fame.
He is married to Malgorzata (Gosia) Wroblewska-Nuwer. He has two grown sons and two grandchildren. Gosia has one grown daughter, a Ph.D. in biology from Cambridge.
The couple lives in Indiana and Warsaw, Poland–with frequent visits to their Alaska properties in Tok and Alexander Creek, AK.
Charitable work: He contributes regularly to the Buffalo State College Hank Nuwer Collection and BSC Hazing Collection under BSC archivist Daniel DiLandro
A founding board member of HazingPrevention.org, he contributes to its annual Hank Nuwer antihazing hero awards. HazingPrevention.org
His interests include travel with his wife Malgorzata, collecting tropical fish and authors on international stamps, flyfishing, riding horses, and reading (of course).
Hazing articles and book chapters: Hank Nuwer
Hazing: Destroying Young Lives (Indiana University Press) is the latest book on hazing by Hank Nuwer. Contributors include Peter Lake, Michael Kimmel, Dave Westol, Tracy Maxwell, Norm Pollard, Travis Apgar, Bob Biggs, Brian Crow, Elizabeth Allan and other distinguished hazing experts.
Hazing: Chapter 14, Nuwer and Bollinger. In Violence Goes to College–HazingNuwerBollinger
Hazing Laws Have Not Stopped Deaths: Chicago Tribune
Hazing Table of Contents (Tracy Maxwell, Elizabeth Allan, Peter Lake, Norm Pollard, and many more authors. Table of Contents
The First Fraternity Death: Mortimer Leggett, Cornell
Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing by Hank Nuwer Preface
Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing Excerpt: Broken Pledges_Chapter 1
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Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing Reviews and Reviewers Reviews
Hazing Mystery Deaths: All Things Hazing Never Revealed
Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed on Injustice of Hazing Laws
Watch a reading of Hank Nuwer’s one-man play on hazing
THE TRAGIC STORY OF NICK HABEN Killed in an athletic hazing at Western Illinois University
Hank Nuwer on fraternity deaths for Harper’s
Video: The Death of Henrietta Jackson with Interviewer Mike Ayalon of Greek University
Hazing: Destroying Young Lives by Hank Nuwer, Indiana University Press. Amazon Order Link. Features investigative journalism and scholarship by Nuwer, interviews with education law guru Peter Lake and “Guyland” author Michael Kimmel; essays by HPO founder Tracy Maxwell, social activist Colleen McGlone, Professor and law expert Brian Crow, NCAA Survey author Norm Pollard, Lawyer Douglas Fierberg, Chloe Neely, Ashley Stone, Prof. Gina Lee-Olukoya, Prof. Ray Begovich, Robert Biggs, Malinda Matney, Prof. Elizabeth J. Allan, Morgan B. Kinney, Susan P. Stuart, Debbie Smith, Stacey Kennelly, Edward G. Whipple, Sarah Wild, Allison Swick-Duttine, David Westol, James F. Keenan, S.J.;David Hovde, and Travis P. Apgar.
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Thanks for reading and possibly reposting. I am grateful to EVERY contributor who wrote an essay for “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives.”
Elizabeth J. Allan is a professor of Higher Educational Leadership at the University of Maine. Her research on hazing is often noted by national media. She is the principal investigator for The National Study of Student Hazing.
Travis T. Apgar served Cornell University as the Robert G. Engel Senior Associate Dean of Students from 2006 to January 2017. An authority on hazing prevention, he is currently Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ray Begovich teaches as a Pulliam School of Journalism faculty member at Franklin College. He is at work on a biography about Elmer Davis, a onetime Director of War Information in World War Two.
Robert A. Biggs is executive vice president and CEO of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the president of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation.
Brian Crow is professor of sport management at Slippery Rock University. He has presented and written extensively on hazing in sports and is an expert on sports law.
Douglas Fierberg established a legal practice specializing in the representation of victims of school violence, now operating as The Fierberg National Law Group. Fierberg also founded the national litigation group, Schools: Violence, Misconduct, and Safety, which operates within and under the authority of the American Association for Justice.
David M. Hovde is associate professor of library science and research and instruction librarian at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center at Purdue University Libraries.
James F. Keenan, SJ, holds the Canisius Chair at Boston College and is director of the Jesuit Institute. He is the author of University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics.
Stacey Kennelly is a California freelance journalist and former associate editor at Diablo magazine.
Michael Kimmel is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and author or editor on more than twenty books on gender studies. He is professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Morgan B. Kinney is a graduate advisor at University of Maine, Student Life. She has a University of Maine Master’s Degree in Student Development in Higher Education.
Peter F. Lake is Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and author of the seminal The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University.
Malinda Matney works as Senior Research Associate for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Michigan. Matney is the former national president of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Tracy Maxwell is the founder of HazingPrevention.Org. She has been working in and around higher education for more than 25 years. She currently speaks about hazing for CAMPUSPEAK. Her work as a healing coach assists survivors of hazing and their families.
Colleen McGlone is an associate professor in Recreation and Sport Management at Coastal Carolina University. Her Ph.D. is in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Chloe Neely is in law school at New York University and is clerking for The Fierberg National Law Group. Neely secured a federal clerkship and plans to represent survivors of sexual assault.
Hank Nuwer has written The Hazing Reader and Wrongs of Passage for Indiana University Press. He has also performed a one-man play about hazing called “The Broken Pledge,” and he penned the novel Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey that concerns hazing in the American West.
Gina Lee-Olukoya is associate dean of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the foundation of Hope Street Youth Development. She formerly served as a board member on HazingPrevention.com.
Norm Pollard is the dean of students at Alfred University, a licensed mental health counselor and certified Title IX investigator. Pollard was the co-author with Nadine Hoover on a seminal study of hazing among athletes and hazing in high schools in the United States.
Debbie Smith is the founder and CEO of AHA! Movement, a non-profit organization created in memory of her son, college student Matt Carrington. Matt died in 2005 after enduring a horrific water hazing pledging at a fraternity in Chico, California.
Ashley Stone is an academic counselor in the African American Academic Network (AAAN) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Stone has used her background in non-violence education and sociology to create identity-conscious programming for various audiences.
Susan P. Stuart has written many essays on education law. Retired as dean from the Valparaiso University School of Law, she credits her research assistants who assisted her: Colleen Clemons, Emily Calwell France, Adam Miller, William Horvath, and Shay Hughes.
Allison Swick-Duttine is director of fraternity/sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh. She was a founding board member and a past president of HazingPrevention.org.
David Westol, JD, is the Founder of Limberlost Consulting, providing strategic planning and consulting to campuses, organizations and foundations. A former executive director of Theta Chi Fraternity, he once served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
Ed Whipple is vice president for campus life at Willamette University. He holds a doctorate from Oregon State University and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta General Counsel.
Sarah Wild is a certified counselor based in North Carolina with a professional background in fraternity/sorority advising and career counseling.
Selected Nuwer scholarship cited in publications:
Wolf, Jeremy, “Tough New Law,” “Inside Higher Education,” July 18, 2019.
Gash, Andrea. “Felony Conviction,” “The Advocate,”July 19, 2019.
Robbins, Alexandra. “Fraternity,” Dutton 2019.
Hechinger, John. “True Gentlemen,” Hachette, 2017.
Cited by The Atlantic magazine.
Wolf, L.A., et al. “Nurse Bullying and Hazing,” “Int. Emergency Nursing,” September 22, 2017.
Stuart, Susan P. 35 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 377 (2013)
“Warriors, Machismo, and Jockstraps: Sexually Exploitative Athletic Hazing and Title IX in the Public School Locker Room.”
Hechinger, John. “Fraternities Scuttle Proposals to Ban Freshman Rush After Drinking Deaths,” “Bloomberg News,” October 5, 2013.
Alvarez, D.M., “Death by Hazing.” Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (1947-2900), 2015 – jmrpublication.org
Keenan, J.F. “How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics.” (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).
Gurbacki, K., et al. “Hazed and Confused.” “Entertainment and Sports Law Review,” 2015.
Manzanedo, Arturo. “The Persistence of Hazing in the Military,” Defense Technical Information Center, April 25, 2013.
Young, C.J. “Minding the Realm: William Least Heat Moon and the Blue Highways of Public Memory,” “South Shore Review, 2013.
Lundsen, Richard. Hazing: Rituals of Bondage, Create Space, 2013.
Crumm, David. The New Bullying, Michigan State University, 2012.
Grimes, Ronald L. Ritual, Media, and Conflict, Oxford Ritual Studies, 2011.
Anderson, Eric, et al. “Male Team Sport Hazing Initiations in a Culture of Decreasing Homohysteria,” Journal of Adolescent Research, July 2011.
Cimino, Aldo. “On the Perception of Newcomers,” Human Nature, June 10, 2010.
Waldron, Jennifer L. and Christopher L. Kowalski. “Crossing the Line: Rites of Passage, Team Aspects, and Ambiguity of Hazing, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, (80), 2, June 2009, 291-302.
Fields, Sarah K. et al. “Violence in Youth Sports: Hazing, Brawling, and Foul Play,” Journal of Sports Medicine, October 25, 2009.
Kimmel, Michael. Guyland, HarperCollins, 2008.
Parks, Gregory S. Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century, University of Kentucky Press, 2008.
Weishampel, Stefan. The Role of Scientist, Diplomica Verlag GMBH, 2008.
Clery, Constance L., et al. Creating and Maintaining Safe College Campuses, Styles Publishing, 2007.
Guernsey, Bridget. “Book Review of Preventing Hazing by S. Lipkins,” NASPA Journal, (44), 1, 2007.
Kimbrough, Walter. “Why Students Beat Each Other,” in Creating and Maintaining Safe College Campuses by Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Stylus, 2007.
Finley, Laura L. and Finley, Peter. “A Content Analysis of news coverage of sports-related hazing incidents in high schools,” Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 14 (2), 2007, 197-219.
Bronner, Simon J. Crossing the Line, Amsterdam University Press, 2007.
Lipkins, Susan. Preventing Hazing, Jossey-Bass, 2006.
Howard, Adam and Elizabeth England Kennedy. “Breaking the Silence: Power, Conflict, and Contested Frames within an Affluent High School,” Anthropology and Education Quarterly, (37), 4, 2006, 347-365.
Gervais, Joe. “In the Name of Obedience: Overcoming the Damaging Myths about Hazing,” in Prettyman, Sandra Spickard and Brian Lampman, Learning Culture Through Sports, Exploring the Role of Sports in Society, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006.
Robbins, Alexandra. Pledged, Hyperion, 2004.
Jones, Ricky L. Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities, SUNY Press, 2004.
Dundes, Alan. Bloody Mary in the Mirror, University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
Mailer, Norman. The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing, Random House, 2003.
Gulledge, Jo and Shawn Beard. Campus Safety & Security (Aspen Publishers), 2002.
Hollmann, Barbara B. “Hazing: Hidden Campus Crime,” New Directions for Student Services, Wiley (99), Fall 2002.
Horner, Carl S. The Boy Inside the American Businessman, University Press of America, 1992.
Weinberg, Steve. The Reporter’s Handbook: An Investigator’s Guide to Documents and Techniques, IRE, 2002 rev.
Weinberg, Robert. The Louis L’Amour Companion (Bantam), 1994.