KOSCA Overview


The Korean Society of Criminology in America (KOSCA) is a non-profit, academic organization which pursues scholarly research and professional activities in Korea-related criminology and criminal justice areas. The main goal of the KOSCA is to bring together in one multi-disciplinary society of academics, researchers, policymakers, administrators, and practitioners who are actively engaged in Korea-related research, teaching, and practice. The mission of the KOSCA is to promote comparative research studies, publications, and professional activities in the field of Korea-related criminology and criminal justice. Membership is open to all ASC and ACJS members as well as Koreans and Korean Americans.


Welcome by President

Welcome to the KOSCA homepage. KOSCA is a relatively young, yet fast-growing academic organization since its inauguration on November 5, 2009. And, I am deeply honored to serve as the 6th President of the KOSCA.


Without those who have devoted their time and effort toward the KOSCA over the last 10 years, it would not be possible to establish its current reputation along with the excellent quality of programs, partnerships, and scholarly activities of the KOSCA. In particular, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the past presidents for their leadership. I will do my best to follow in their footsteps to sustain our reputation and steer the future direction of the KOSCA.


As mentioned during my inauguration speech, I view consensus and collegiality as the basic tenet of shared governance in the successful KOSCA operation. The best way to practice it is to seek counsel from executive board members and committee chairs before I make any decision. Moreover, I see the burden of leadership is to create an environment conducive to collective decision making and, most importantly, efficient execution. For the same reason, I also welcome your suggestions, recommendations, and criticisms.


Please enjoy exploring our homepage for what we have achieved and let us know if we can improve our homepage. I personally look forward to learning more about each and every member of KOSCA and interacting with you in the near future. Thank you.


Sincerely Yours,


Kyungseok Choo, Ph.D.


Korean Society of Criminology in America