Joseph Hall

Professor, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science

Office location:

Trinity Residence Hall


Phone: +1 561-237-7887

Fax: +1 561-237-7747

Why Lynn?

Joseph Hall views Lynn as one of the premier international universities in the U.S., where students from nearly 90 different countries come to live and learn. Hall believes that the diversity of cultures here provides a level of stimulation not available in most other schools. To him, this is particularly satisfying as an anthropologist. At the same time, the small size of the Lynn student community allows students and faculty to become better acquainted with one another on a deeper level. To Hall, this is particularly satisfying as a human being.

Professional profile

Joseph Hall began his academic career as an anthropologist/archaeologist, at first studying the cultures of the Bronze Age Mediterranean. He lived in Florence, Italy during his junior year in college and spent time that year on sites in Tuscany, Sicily and Crete. In graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, Hall shifted his research focus to North America. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled "Archaeology at the Highlands: Social Stratification and the Egalitarian Ideal in Whitemarsh, 1795-1850."

Professionally, Hall held a series of research and teaching positions, including the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Rutgers University and Germantown Academy. As director of the Museum Institute for Conservation Archaeology at the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, he administered both federal and private grants and directed archaeological excavations at 18th century sites in Philadelphia and at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

After 12 years of work in historical cultures, Hall began service as a special agent of the FBI, pursuing Asian Organized Crime, Counter-Terrorism and Foreign Counter-Intelligence investigations. While in the Bureau, Hall spent a year assigned to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA studying Mandarin Chinese, and in a full-immersion program in the Chinese Language School, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. He also served as a Hostage Negotiator and became the team leader of an Evidence Recovery Team, conducting crime scene investigations. Anxious to return to teaching after 22 years of government service, Hall retired from the FBI and joined the faculty at Lynn University.


B.A., Florida State University
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Florida International University
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Teaching philosophy

Joseph Hall believes that a primary function of education is to draw students out of their familiar world view and intellectual comfort zone. As an anthropologist, all of his courses have a clear cross-cultural focus. Students are encouraged to experience and to explore the myriad ways of being human that cultures have developed around the world and through time. Whether studying polyandrous families, where several males marry one female, or examining unusual methods of punishment and rehabilitation, the students confront diversity and differences and come to terms with them creatively. This exposure to indigenous, non-Western cultures, always provides useful comparative material, and is ipso facto didactic in its presentation.

Teaching specialties

Criminological theory
Criminological methods
Deviance and social control
History of criminal justice
Criminal justice in cross-cultural perspective
Organized crime
Technology change/transfer
Statistical analysis and sampling
Forensics and crime scene investigations
Privacy and surveillance
Race and cultural studies
Immigration studies

Areas of scholarship

  • Ethnohistory
  • Immigration
  • Comparative criminal justice theory

Awards and honors

  • PHI BETA KAPPA and PHI KAPPA PHI academic honor societies,1972
  • Florida State University Outstanding Scholarship Grant, 1970-1972
  • Honors in Anthropology, Florida State University,1972
  • Brown University Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology, 1972-1973
  • Barra Foundation Graduate Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1973-1975
  • McNeil Foundation Travel Grant – France,1974
  • ALPHA PHI SIGMA Criminal Justice Honor Society, 2000
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