Ko-Hsin Hsu

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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Old Main 355

Phone: (610) 683-4236


Rutgers University at Newark (Ph.D. Criminal Justice)

University of Maryland College Park (M.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice)

National Taipei University (B.A. Economics)


Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Hsu came to the U.S. to study about crime in different cultures. After receiving her Master's degree, she worked as a Crime Analyst in a local police agency, analyzing incident reports and preparing crime maps to assist in patrol and investigation tasks. Her doctoral research thereafter was profoundly influenced by the professional experience she acquired.    

Dr. Hsu's current research focuses primarily on the street dynamics of drug dealing and the interaction between drug dealers and environmental settings. Her research study extends to the application of Google Street View to examine environmental characteristics for crime and disorder-related research.  She actively seeks out opportunities for KU students to gain real world application and experience in the field of law enforcement.    Dr. Hsu enjoys spending time with her family, kids, and playing tennis.

Areas of Research: 

Place-Based Criminology 
Virtual Observation Tool and Google Street View
Crime Mapping and GIS
Situational Crime Prevention
Policing Immigrant Communities   

Courses Taught: 

Contemporary Policing 
Criminology  Crime Analysis and Mapping Crime in Different Cultures  Introduction to Criminal Justice    Police and Society Research Methods

Selected Publications:
Selected Articles:

Hsu, K. and Miller, J. (2017). "Assessing the Situational Predictors of Drug Markets across Street Segments and Intersections." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (online first).

Mogavero, M. C., and Hsu, K. (2017). "Sex Offender Mobility: An Application of Crime Pattern Theory among Child Sex Offenders." Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment (online first).

Hsu, K. (forthcoming). Book review of No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug-Dealing, by Waverly Duck. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers University.

Hsu, K. (2016). Book review of Code of the Suburb: Inside the World of Young Middle-Class Drug Dealers, by Scott Jacques and Richard Wright. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers University.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Hsu, K. and Mogavero, M. C. (November 2017). Persistent Dating and Courtship Behaviors among those on the Autism Spectrum. Abstract accepted for the individual session "Mental Disabilities and Offending." Presentation scheduled for the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Hsu, K (2016). Assessing Street Drug Market Characteristics in Newark, NJ: Is There a Correlation between Churches and Crime? Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

DeSouza, E and Hsu, K (2016). Can Google Street View Reliably Collect Neighborhood Observational Data in International Research? Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Hsu, K. (2015). Using Google Street View to Assess Environmental Characteristics of Drug Hot Spots in Inner-City Neighborhoods. Poster Presentation at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Hsu, K. (2011). Crime Analysis: Theory, Practice, and Application. Invited presentation at the Department of Crime Prevention and Correction, Central Police University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan.

Hsu, K. (2010). Understanding Homicide Clearances: An Examination of Police Resources.Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.