Skip to main content

Dr. Mijin Kim

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice Sciences
Schroeder Hall - SCH 414
  • About
  • Research


Dr. Mijin Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her research interest focuses on policies and practices in prisons and jails, specifically in identifying institutional problems to understand how confinement conditions impact inmate behavior in prison and post-release. For example, her dissertation assessed the impact of solitary confinement on inmate misconduct. Dr. Kim also served as a Research Fellow at Vera Institute of Justice between 2016-2017.

Current Courses

200.001Contemporary Corrections

200.002Contemporary Corrections

499.003Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

400.010Independent Study

300.001Research Methods

291.003Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Criminal Justice Sciences

499.005Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

300.001Research Methods

Journal Article

C. S. Song, J. Y. Lee, R. Mutha, and M. Kim (2023) Frugal or Sustainable? The Interplay of Consumers’ Personality Traits and Self-Regulated Minds in Recycling Behavior, Sustainability, 15 (24), 16821. [SSCI Impact factor 3.900] DOI:

Craig, M. O., Kim, M., & Beichner-Thomas, D. (2023). Incarcerated in a Pandemic: How COVID-19 Exacerbated the “Pains of Imprisonment.” Criminal Justice Review, 0(0).
Kim, M. and Song, C.S. (2021, Co-First/Equal Contribution) Understanding Police Officers’ Usage of High-Visibility Safety Apparel: The Role of Safety Ethics and Professional Appearance, Safety, 7(1).


Incarcerated in a Pandemic: How COVID-19 Exacerbated the ‘Pains of Imprisonment’. European Society of Criminology. (2023)
Beichner, D., Rabe-Hemp, C. & Kim, M. (2022). “U.S. Women in Justice Professions: A Half a Century After Title VII.” Parallel event presented in conjunction with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 2022. Virtual format.
Teaching Civic Engagement to Criminal Justice Students. Annual Conference of the American Society of Criminology. American Society of Criminology. (2021)

Grants & Contracts

Towards Recidivism Reduction in the State of Illinois: Predicting Time-dependent Risk of Recidivism. Illinois Innovation Network. State. (2024)