Helgi Gunnlaugsson is a professor of sociology at the University of Iceland. He received his PhD from University of Missouri where he specialized in criminology and sociology of law. His main research interests include criminology, penal policy and the problem of drugs and alcohol in society. He is the co-author of Wayward Icelanders: Punishment, Boundary Maintenance and the Creation of Crime published in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin Press. Gunnlaugsson has published articles in numerous journals such as Law and Society Review, British Journal of Criminology, Social Problems and European Journal of Criminology. He served as a board member for Iceland in the Scandinavian Council for Criminological Research during 2001-2015 appointed by the Icelandic Justice Ministry. Gunnlaugsson was the chair of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Iceland during 2013-2016.