Young-An Kim

Assistant Professor
Young-An Kim

Young-An Kim received his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California-Irvine. His research interests include neighborhoods and crime, criminology of place, geo-spatial analysis, urban sociology, and quantitative research methods. His research has appeared in the Journal of Quantitative CriminologyJournal of Research in Crime and DelinquencyJustice QuarterlyJournal of Criminal JusticeBritish Journal of Criminology, and Crime & Delinquency, among others​​​​​​.

Research Interests

Neighborhoods and Crime | Criminology of Place | Spatial Analysis | Quantitative Research Methods


2018 Ph.D. Criminology, University of California–Irvine

2013 M.A. Sociology, University of Texas at El Paso

2010 B.A. Sociology, University of Seoul (South Korea)

Selected Publications

Kim, Young-An and James C. Wo. 2022. “Racially diverse neighborhoods in diverse areas are linked to lower crime rates.” The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) American Politics and Policy Blog. Available Online at:

Kim, Young-An and James Wo. (2022). Revisiting the Relationship between Racial Heterogeneity and Neighborhood Crime: Do Spatial Scale and Functional Form Matter? Crime & Delinquency

Kim, Young-An and John R. Hipp (2021). “Density, Diversity, and Design: Physical Environments and the Spatial Patterns of Crime” Journal of Criminal Justice

Kim, Young-An and James C. Wo (2021). “Seasonality and Crime in Orlando Neighborhoods” British Journal of Criminology

Kim, Young-An and James C. Wo (2021). “Topography and Crime in Place: The Effects of Elevation, Slope, and Betweenness in San Francisco Street Segments” Journal of Urban Affairs

Kim, Young-An and John R. Hipp (2021). “Small Local versus Non-Local: Examining the Relationship between Locally Owned Small Businesses and Spatial Patterns of Crime” Justice Quarterly

Kim, Young-An and John R. Hipp (2021). “Both Sides of the Street: Introducing Measures of Physical and Social Boundaries Based on Differences across Sides of the Street, and Consequences for Crime” Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Kim, Young-An and John R. Hipp (2019). “Pathways: Examining Street Network Configurations, Structural Characteristics and Spatial Crime Patterns in Street Segments” Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Kim, Young-An, John R. Hipp, and Charis E. Kubrin (2019). “Where They Live and Go: Immigrant Ethnic Activity Space and Neighborhood Crime in Southern California” Journal of Criminal Justice

Kim, Young-An and John R. Hipp (2019). “Street Egohood: An Alternative Perspective of Measuring Neighborhood and Spatial Patterns of Crime” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 


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