Dr. Bitna Kim, assistant professor, joined the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Fall of 2008. Dr. Kim completed her doctorate in May 2008 at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Her dissertation concerned a General Power-Control Theory of Women.
Dr. Kim’s undergraduate and master’s degrees in Psychology were completed at Chungbuk National University in South Korea. She spent a year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, before coming to the United States to begin her doctoral studies. As a graduate student, she was the recipient of the First Place Scholarship, 2006 Graduate Student Paper Competition, at Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice.
Dr. Kim’s research and teaching interests include Statistics and Research Methods, Hate Crime, Data Analysis, Criminology, Gender Issues in CJ System, and Homicide. She has published several articles, most recently her coauthored article “Abused South Korean Women: A Comparison of Those Who Do and Do Not Resort to Lethal Violence,” which will be published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
Since leaving the warmth of Texas, Dr. Kim has quickly adjusted to life in the Northeast. Currently she is enjoying the cold and snow and “plenty of Starbucks coffee.” Dr. Kim plans to spend the semester break with family and friends.