Dr. Bitna Kim

  •  Professor

    Bitna Kim

    Office: Wilson Hall, Room 112

    Office Phone: 724-357-5976

    E-mail:  Bitna.Kim@iup.edu


    PhD 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


    Bitna Kim joined the IUP faculty in 2008. She has an extensive publication record on such topics as a systematic review of the interventions/treatments/correctional programs using Meta Analysis, police-community corrections partnerships, 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, Trauma, Violence & Abuse, Police Quarterly, Policing, Federal Probation, Prison Journal, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Social Science Journal, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Applied Security Research, Violence and Victims, Feminist Criminology, and Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

    Kim served as principal investigator for several public and privately funded research projects that examined the effectiveness of police-probation/parole partnerships in Texas and Pennsylvania and the factors contributed to women’s killing. She is currently involved in several systematic reviews of correctional intervention for adult and juvenile offenders using Meta-Analysis, and sentencing disparity among female homicide offenders, as well as the projects on police-corrections partnerships and criminal justice education.

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

    Kim served as the chair of the Affirmative Action Committee, the publication committee, and the Michael C. Braswell/Anderson Publishing Outstanding Student Paper Committee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She is a member of the membership committee: International Section of the American Society of Criminology. She is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Women and Criminal Justice, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Law, Justice and Health, and the International Journal of Humanity and Social Sciences (associate editor). She is the research consortium member for the Global Centre for Evidence-based Corrections and Sentencing.

    Kim has taken a sabbatical leave during the academic year for 2015 Fall - 2016 Spring. She was recently elected as Trustee-at-Large, ACJS (term 2015-2018).