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Associate Professor

Bitna Kim

Office: Wilson Hall, Room 109

Office Phone: 724-357-5931



Ph.D. Criminal Justice , Sam Houston State University, 2008
MA Psychology, Chung-buk National University, South Korea, 2001
BA Psychology, Chung-buk National University, South Korea, 1999

Areas of Interest

  • International and Comparative Criminology
  • Gender and Crime; Minority Issues in Criminology
  • Police – Community Corrections Partnerships
  • Evidence-Based Crime Prevention Practice & Meta-Analysis (Comprehensive Meta-Analysis: CMA)
  • Intimate Partner Homicide; Domestic Violence


Dr. Kim joined the IUP faculty in 2008. She has an extensive publication record on such topics as a systematic review of the correctional interventions, police-community corrections partnerships, commitments among prison staffs, international and comparative criminal justice, gender issues, and intimate partner homicide, as well as domestic violence. She has published widely, including recent articles in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, Federal Probation, Prison Journal, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Social Science Journal, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Applied Security Research, Violence and Victims, Women and Criminal Justice, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Dr. Kim served as coprincipal investigator for several public and privately funded research projects that examined the effectiveness of police-probation/parole partnerships in Texas and the factors contributed to women’s spousal killing in South Korea. She is currently involved in several systematic reviews of correctional intervention for adult and juvenile offenders and help seeking behaviors among domestic crime victims, as well as the projects of police-corrections partnerships and continuance and affective commitment among prison personnel.

She is the recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Minority Mentorship Grant Award and Emerging Scholar Award (Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Science). 

She is the chair of the Affirmative Action Committee and a member of the publication committee of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Law, Justice and Health, and International Journal of Humanity and Social Sciences (associate editor). She is the research consortium member for Global Centre for Evidence-based Corrections and Sentencing.

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
  • Wilson Hall, Room 200
    411 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2720
  • Fax: 724-357-4018
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.