Bitna Kim

Professor of the College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Asian criminal justice
  • International crime
  • Partnerships in criminal justice
  • Domestic homicide
  • Meta-analysis

Key Findings

  • Partnerships between police, probation, and parole officers exist, but they are largely informal. MORE
  • Partnerships between police chiefs, chief probation and parole officers were based on the effort that the police chief invested. MORE
  • Sex offender treatment programs are successful in reducing recidivism. MORE
  • Age played a significant role in treatment outcomes. MORE
  • Only 3.4% of articles sampled focused on policing issues in East Asia. MORE
  • More than three-quarters (76.3%) of sampled articles were published in Policing: An International Journal of Policing Strategies & Management.


Bitna Kim, Professor of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, is an expert in evidence-based policies and practices, income inequality, cyberstalking, homicide, domestic violence; Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). workplace violence and international criminology and criminal justice. 

Kim has consulted with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and D.C. Public Safety through the Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency. She also worked with the Pennsylvania Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections and has chaired several organizations including, the ASC International Section Membership Committee, the Division of Women and Gender and the Korean Society of Criminology in America (KOSCA). She is the current Trustee-At-Large, ACJS (2015 – 2018), Executive Counselor, ASC International Section (2017 – 2019), and Liaison, KOSCA (2015 – 2017). She is a research consortium member for the Global Centre for Evidence-based Corrections and Sentencing.Currently, Bitna Kim serves as vice president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and in 2024, she will serve as its next president.

She has been published in numerous academic journals, including Justice Quarterly, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Criminal Justice, European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, International Criminal Justice Review, Women & Criminal Justice, and Journal of Sexual Aggression. 

Kim received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and M.A. and B.A. in Psychology from Chungbuk National University, South Korea.