Hank Nuwer

“Having had many memorable experiences as a journalist over the years with access to many a scientist, athlete, thinker, and author, I try to give students the benefit of my own experiences they probably have not had. I want their classroom experience to be rigorous, but I also want them to know I care what they think, that I care about their values and development as people and journalists.”


Professor of journalism

Educational Background

  • Hon. Doctor of Humane Letters: State University of New York, 2006
  • M.A., Highlands University – Las Vegas, NM
  • B.S., Buffalo State College – Buffalo, NY

Year Joined Franklin



I have a passion for literary journalism and data-base reporting. As the author of numerous books on hazing, most recently the 2018 “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives,” I keep a database on hazing deaths in schools from 1838 to 2018 that often is quoted by international journalists.

My long-term project is a biography of the late author Kurt Vonnegut and yet another investigative book on hazing.

What is important about teaching in the Pulliam School of Journalism?

In the classroom, as a teacher of journalism reporting, writing, and ethics, I insist that words matter very much, and that important social deeds inevitably begin with a few right words and many right thoughts. They also learn that wrong thoughts and wrong words are equally to be protected. That they will not go to the grave without mistakes, but they can go to the grave seeking wisdom, truth, and some mighty fine sentence constructions. In my case, they learn, I am dedicated as a writer to the premise that the hazing deaths each year since 1970 that occur on campus can and must be ended. They learn from me to use the best technology to catch and hold their readers, but they also learn that the writer guides the tools, not the reverse.

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Society of American Journalists (1985-Present), Investigative Reporters and Editors (1999-Present), Western Writers of America (2013-Present), Western American Literature Association (1973-Present), Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (1971-Present), Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society (2004-Present); Biographers International (2018-Present); Sons of the American Legion, (1995-Present); Sigma Tau Rho Fraternity and ETP Alumni (1965-Present); HPO.Org emeritus board member; AHA! Advisory board member.

Community Service

Founding Board member with HazingPrevention.Org.
Founded and financed personally the Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection at Buffalo State College library special collections and the Hank Nuwer Collection, Buffalo State.
Service to numerous Franklin, Indiana entities (Masonic Society Retirement Home, Best Buddies, Boys and Girls Club, etc.) in my capacity as Alpha Lambda Delta adviser, 2004-Present.
Volunteer for Franklin College FOCUS (community cleanup), 2002-Present.
Pro Bono presentations on hazing prevention for Black Issues in Higher Education, NASPA, various law enforcement divisions, United States Department of Education, etc.
Various pro-bono hazing education talks at selected institutions.
Think-tank participation for the National Panhellenic Conference, Phi Delta Theta. Summer training program in Oxford, Ohio as Friend of Beta Theta Pi.
Three years of pro bono advisory board meetings under Chair Peter Lake for 32NCSI, then a division of the VTS (Virginia Tech Survivors), and now affiliated under the NASPA umbrella.
Pro bono presentations for the conferences for National Federation of High Schools coaches and athletes, first Hazing Prevention national meetings at Purdue and Colorado University, Pro bono advisory board service and meetings for Security on Campus as an advisory board member; advisory board member for Aha! (hazing group); longtime pro bono columnist for Stophazing.org.
Member of Cornell University and Florida A & M (band) hazing task forces.

Selected Publications

Hazing, Nuwer Academic Specialty
Hank Nuwer, Hazing: Destroying Young Lives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018).
Hank Nuwer, The Hazing Reader (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004).
Hank Nuwer, Wrongs of Passage (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999 and revised 2001).
Hank Nuwer, High School Hazing (New York: Scholastic, 2001).
Hank Nuwer, Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing (Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1990).
Hank Nuwer, Book-in-Progress: Hazing: The Time-Dishonored Tradition, anticipated Spring 2020 publication.

Related to Hazing Academic Specialty
Hank Nuwer, A Broken Pledge, (Kindle edition, Oakdale, California: Shalako Press, 2012); it debuted as a fellowship winner of the Anne Frank Project with Hank Nuwer as playwright and actor. A variation titled “Death of a Rookie” (unpublished) has been presented by Nuwer or University of Cincinnati athletes and two performances at Franklin College. The play has also been modified for performance by high school audiences.

Selected Book Chapters
Hank Nuwer, “Hazing,” in Violence Goes to College: The Authoritative Guide to Prevention and Intervention by John Nicolleti, Christopher M. Bollinger and Sally Spencer-Thomas (Charles C. Thomas, 2009).
___, “How Sportswriters Contribute to a Culture of Hazing,” in Making the Team: Inside the World of Sports Initiations and Hazing (Toronto: Canadian Scholars, 2004).

Selected Articles
Hank Nuwer, “A Band Hazing May Forever Increase the Legal Consequences for Hazing Deaths,” Fraternal Law, 119, Jan., 2012.
___, “Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities,” in
___, “Dead Souls of Hell Week,” Human Behavior, October 1978.
___, Review of “The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities” by Nicholas L. Syrett, July 20, 2010.
___, “Hazing: Separating Rites of Passage from Wrongs,” The American Legion, Volume 147 (1), July 1999.
___. “The Wrongs of Passage in Fraternity Hazing,” The Conversation (online publication), August 29, 2017.
___. “Why Hazing Continues to Be a Rite of Passage for Some,” The Conversation, October 17, 2017.

Selected Recognitions
Ball State University named Nuwer in CASE competition its “Professor of the Year,” 1987.
Elected to Ball State University’s Journalism Hall of Fame, 2010.
HazingPrevention.Org names its awards program the Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award, 2007.
University of Maine Hazing Symposium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nuwer’s publication of “Broken Pledges.”
Named Franklin College’s Organization Adviser of the Year: Nuwer, Alpha Lambda Delta, 2008.
Named Franklin College’s Faculty Member of year by Phi Delta Theta chapter, 2014.
Ball State University’s Outstanding Adviser, 1988.
One of 10 fellowship recipients nationally selected by the Poynter Institute for Outstanding Teaching, 1989.
Named Outstanding New Magazine Four-Year “Honor Roll” Adviser of the Year, College Media Association, 1986.
Adviser for College Media Adviser’s Best Student Magazine (tied with others for Pacemakers) of Year (Ball State University), 1986, 1987, 1988.
Recipient of Buffalo State College’s Outstanding Alumni Award, 1999.
Recipient of honorary State University of New York Doctor of Humane Letters degree (for Hazing writings), Buffalo State College, 2006.
Commencement Ceremony Co-Speaker with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Buffalo State College, 2006.
Two-time winner of Franklin College Scholar of the Year, 2008, 2017.
Election to Order of Omega, 1993.

Selected Presentations
“Hazing and Exclusion on the American Frontier,” Western American Literature conference, University of the Basque Country, Spain, 2014.

United States
“State of Hazing in Texas and U.S. Colleges and High Schools,” Presentation to the Chancellor and Presidents of University of Texas Austin and branch campuses, Austin, Texas, May 2, 2012.

“State of Hazing in State University of New York Schools,” Symposium for SUNY Trustees, Presidents, Administrators, Syracuse, NY, March 24, 2004.

“The Broken Pledges of Greek Life: Fraternities and Sororities at the Crossroads,” Symposium and Live Videoconference, Black Issues in Higher Education, Albany, New York, July 15, 2007.

Pro bono keynote address for Parents Against School Hazing (PUSH!), Greer, SC, February 2018.
Selected Citations and References to Nuwer Scholarship
Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (New York: HarperCollins, 2008).
James F. Keenan, University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

Cristobal Salinas and Michelle L. Boettcher (eds.), Critical Perspectives on Hazing in Colleges and Universities (New York: Routledge, 2018).

Susan Lipkins, Preventing Hazing (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.

John Hechinger, True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of American Life (New York: Hachette, 2017).

Stacey Kennelly, “In the Basement No One Can Hear You Scream,” Diablo Magazine, 36, 8 (August 4, 2015), 50-53, 110.
R. Brian Crow and Scott R. Rosner, “Institutional and Organization Liability for Hazing in Intercollegiate and Professional Team Sports,” St. John’s Law Review, Vol. 76, Issue 1 (Winter 2002), pp. 87-114.
Tammy E. Lynn, “Competing with Antitrust Laws—How New York’s Post and Hold Liquor Law Will Lose Against the Sherman Act,” Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 75, Issue 3 (Spring 2010), pp. 975-1014.
Brandon W. Chamberlin, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper—Reforming Criminal Hazing Laws Based on Assumption of Care,” 
Emory Law Journal, Vol. 63, Issue 4 (2013-2014), pp. 925-978.
Gregory E. Rutledge, “Review of Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage,” Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 26, Issue 4 (Spring 2000), pp. 783-814.

Marc Edelman, “How to Prevent High School Hazing: A Legal, Ethical and Social Primer,’ North Dakota Law Review, Vol. 81, Issue 2 (2005), pp. 309-342.

William C. Terrell, “Pledging to Stay Viable: Why Fraternities and Sororities Should Adopt Arbitration as a Response to the Litigation Dilemma,” University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 43, Issue 2 (Winter 2012), pp. 511-[iv].

Joshua A. Sussberg, “Shattered Dreams: Hazing in College Athletics,” Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 24, Issue 3 (March 2003), pp. 1421-1492
Nancy Chi Cantalupo, “Masculinity & Title IX: Bullying and Sexual Harassment of Boys in the American Liberal State,”
Maryland Law Review, Vol. 73, 3 (2014), pp. 887-985.

Gregory L. Acquaviva, “Protecting Students from the Wrongs of Hazing: A Proposal for Strengthening New Jersey’s Anti-Hazing Act,” QLR, Vol. 26, Issue 2 (2008), pp. 305-336.

Karrie Gurbacki, “Hazed and Confused: The Rohm Incident and Necessity of Hazing Legislation,” 
Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol. 4, pp. [i]-11.
Justin M. Burns, “Covering Up an Infection with a Bandage: A Call to Action to Address Flaws in Ohio’s Anti-Hazing Legislation,” Akron Law Review, Vol. 48, 1 (2015), pp. 91-128.
Richard B. Crockett, “Review of Hank Nuwer‘s Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking,”
 Journal of Law & Education, Vol. 37, 4 (October 2008), pp. 605-612.
Jared S. Sunshine, “A Lazarus Tax in South Carolina: A Natural History of Fraternities’ Respondeat Liability for Hazing,”
Charlotte Law Review, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (Spring 2014), pp. 79-138.

Gregory S. Parks et al, “White Boys Drink, Black Girls Yell: A Racialized and Gendered Analysis of Violent Hazing and the Law,” Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, Vol. 18, Issue 1 (Winter 2015), pp. 93-158.
Susan P. Stuart, “Sexually Exploitive Athletic Hazing and Title IX in the Public School Locker Room: Warriors, Machismo, and Jockstraps,” in Hank Nuwer, Hazing (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018).

Jeffrey S. Moorad, “A Hazy Shade of Winter: The Chilling Issues Surrounding Hazing in School Sports and the Litigation That Follows,” Sports Law Journal, Vol. 23, Issue 1 (2016), pp. 211-254.

Kerri Lynn Stone, “Lessons from the Dolphins Richie Incognito Saga,” Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 3 (Summer 2014), pp. 723-753

King-To Yeung and Mindy Stombler, “Gay and Greek: The Identity Paradox of Gay Fraternities,” Social Problems, Vol. 47, Issue 1 (February 2000), pp. 134-152.

Mark D. Bauer, “Freedom of Association for College Fraternities after Christian Legal Society and Citizens United,” 
Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 39, Issue 2 (2013), pp. 247-302.

Stephen Hernandez, “A Better Understanding of Bullying and Hazing in the Military,” Military Law Review, Vol. 223, Issue 2 (2015), pp. 415-439.

Jamie Ball, “This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record (But We’ll Never Tell): How the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act May Help Colleges and Universities Keep Hazing a Secret,” Southwestern University Law Review, Vol. 33, Issue 4 (2004), pp. 477-496.

Michael Boucai, “Balancing Your Strengths Against Your Felonies,” University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 61, Issue 4 (July 2007), pp. 997-1032.

Matthew W. Hughey, “A Paradox of Participation: Nonwhites in White Sororities and Fraternities,” 
Social Problems, Vol. 57, 4 (November 2010 ), pp. 653-679.
Amie, Pelletier, “Regulation of Rites: The Effect and Enforcement of Current Anti-Hazing Statutes,”
New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, Vol. 28, Issue 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 377-414.

Evan R. Seamone; David M. Traskey, “Maximizing VA Benefits for Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma: A Practical Guide for Survivors and Their Advocates,” Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 26, 2 (2014), pp. 343-487.
Gregory S. Parks, et al, “Asian American Fraternity Hazing: An Analysis of Community-Level Factors,”
Asian Pacific American Law Journal, Vol. 22, 1 (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017), pp. 29-56.
Nicole Somers, “College and University Liability for the Dangerous Yet Time-Honored Tradition of Hazing in Fraternities and Student Athletics, Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 33, 3 (2007), pp. 653-680.
Gregory S. Parks, “Victimology, Personality, and Hazing: a Study of Black Greek Organizations, North Carolina Central Law Review, Vol. 36, 1 (2013), pp. 16-40

Scott R. Rosner, “Institutional Liability for Hazing in International Sports,”.Houston Law Review, Vol. 39, 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 275-306.

Jared S. Sunshine, “The Fraternity as Franchise: A Conceptual Framework,” Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 42, Issue 2 (2016), pp. 375-438.
Jenna MacLachlan, “Dangerous Traditions: Hazing Rituals on Campus and University Liability,”
Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 26, 3 (Winter 2000), pp. 511-548.
Gregory. S. Parks, “Belief, Truth and Positive Organizational Deviance,” Howard Law Journal, Vol. 56, 2 (Winter 2013), pp. 399-446.

Ann C. McGinley, Creating Masculine Identities: Bullying and Harassment Because of Sex,” University of Colorado Law Review , Vol. 79, 4 (2008), pp. 1151-1242.

Claire Wright, “Torture at Home: Borrowing from the Torture Convention to Define Domestic Violence,” 
Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Vol. 24, 2 (Summer 2013), pp. 457-578.
Mark D. Bauer, “Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Fraternities and Antitrust: Rethinking Hamilton College,”
Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 53, Issue 2 (Winter 2004), pp. 347-412.
Kenji Yoshino, “The Epistemic Contract of Bisexual Erasure,” Stanford Law Review, Vol. 52, 2 (January 2000), pp. 353-462.

What Students Say

 “I just wanted to thank you for changing my life and being an inspiration and hero to me.” – Cody Federmann

Something My Students Don’t Know About Me

  • That I collect authors and poets and journalists on stamps. And that my personal papers and manuscripts are harbored in the Hank Nuwer Collection at Buffalo State College’s Butler Library.
  • In my spare time I like to walk along the Flatrock River with my dog Casey.
  • I would like to learn this year a bit more Polish.
  • My favorite book is A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean.