Dr. Mitchel Roth is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. His areas of interest include the global organized crime and gangs, history of crime and punishment, mass murder and serial homicide and mass murder. He has written more than 20 books on a variety of topics. His most recent books include, Power on the Inside: A Global History of Prison Gangs (2020) Fire in the Big House: The Worst Prison Disaster in American History (2019), The Illicit Economy in Turkey (with Mahmut Cengiz) (2019), A History of Crime and the American Criminal Justice System (2018), An Eye for An Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment (2015) and Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo (2016). He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology. His books have been translated into Chinese, Persian, Croatian and Turkish. He has been an instructor at the Zhejiang Police College from 2009 to 2019 and at the International Law Enforcement Academy (Roswell) from 2001-2009. Roth has appeared on or been featured on the Travel Channel, CNN, FOX, Al Jazeera, the History Channel, PBS and other media programs. In 2020 Dr. Roth was awarded the Frederic Milton Thrasher for excellence in gang research.