John Hewitt has been a university professor for more than 40 years. He has taught at several colleges and universities, including Glenville State College, The College of Wooster, Valparaiso University, Ball State University, Northern Arizona University, and Calvin College. He is currently a professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Hewitt is a well-rounded scholar with an inquisitive nature and a tireless quest for learning. He is a producer of new knowledge and student of past scholars. He earned a bachelorís degree from Western Washington State College where he majored in history with a concentration in Chinese history. He received a PhD in sociology from Washington State University. Over the past 20 years, Hewitt has traveled to China numerous times to study the Chinese framing of juvenile delinquency and its treatment.
Hewitt is the author of five books, including Delinquency and Society, Exploring Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice in America and The Impact of Sentencing Reform. He has written more than 50 scholarly articles on such diverse topics as the oppression of children, gang delinquency and youth violence, female criminality, the impact of modernization on crime, faith-based correctional programs, and judicial decision-making. In addition, he produced and directed two video programs, My Grandfatherís Middletown: The City and Culture in the Twenties which aired on PBS, and Coaching Middle School and Elementary Volleyball which is used as a coaching and teaching tool in the United States, Canada, and Japan.