John H. Kramer is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at The Pennsylvania State University where recently the John Kramer Professorship in Criminology was established. He taught at Mankato State University from 1970-1973 and at Penn State from 1973 until retirement in 2015. His career included serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing from 1979-1998 and as Staff Director of the United States Sentencing Commission from 1996-1998. Dr. Kramer’s research focuses on sentencing, sentencing disparity, and sentencing reform and his research has been published in major journals in the field including Criminology. His book, Sentencing Guidelines: Lessons from Pennsylvania, co-authored with Dr. Jeff Ulmer, in 2009 examined the history and impact of the Pennsylvania sentencing guidelines. From 1983-1986 he was Editor of The Criminologist for ASC. In 2014, the ACJS section on Law and Public Policy awarded Dr. Kramer the Justice Policy Innovator Award for his academic and practitioner careers.