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Department Chair Message

Welcome Students,

My name is Heejong Jacob Joo. It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the Department Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at California State University, Bakersfield.  Prior to joining the faculty at CSUB in the fall of 2011, I was a professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University (2005-2011), the director of the Justice Administration Program at the Southwest Minnesota State University (2002-2005), and the Chair of the Department of Corrections at Kyunggi University in South Korea (1997-2002). I received my Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

My academic specialties include Crime Rates and Trends, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice, Institutional and Community Corrections, and Statistics and Research Methods.  My current research interests involve contextual analysis of crime and crime control, prediction of offender recidivism, institutional and community corrections, and the analysis of hot spots with crime mapping.

My articles have appeared in major journals in Criminology and Criminal Justice such as Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, and Crime, Law & Social Change. I have also served as a reviewer for numerous journals such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Review.

In addition to my assignment at CSUB, I am serving as the President of the Korean Society of Criminology in America (KSCA). I am also an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, and the International Congress on Criminology.

I am thrilled about my opportunity to work with you at CSUB. I look forward to meeting all of you and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.

Sincerely yours,

Heejong Jacob Joo

Department of Criminal Justice

Department of Criminal Justice

Heejong Jacob Joo, PhD.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice

University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D)
University of Texas at Austin (M.A.)
Korea University
  (B.A.)

Specialties: Crime Rates and Trends, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice, Institutional and Community Corrections, Comparative Criminal Justice, and Statistics and Research Methods.

Office: Dorothy Donahue Hall C116
Office Phone: (661) 654-3109

Fax: (661) 654-2627

Email: hjoo1@csub.edu