Kyung-shick Choi

Kyung-shick Choi
Adjunct Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Cybercrime Program Coordinator
PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, Boston University; BS, Northeastern University

As the cybercrime program coordinator at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, Dr. Choi designed and oversees the master’s concentration and certificate in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity, offered jointly by the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Department of Computer Science. Choi’s research focuses on the intersection of human behavior and technology—and how criminal justice can respond effectively to the challenges of cybercrime. In 2008, he proposed his Cyber-Routine Activities Theory, which has become a predominant theory on cybercrime and computer crime victimization. Dr. Choi’s work has appeared in numerous criminal justice journals. In 2009, the Korean Institute of Criminology, in cooperation with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), invited Choi to facilitate the UN’s Virtual Forum against Cybercrime (VFAC) as an instructor. He published the books Risk Factors in Computer Crime in 2010 and Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation in October 2015.


My name is Kyung-shick Choi. My substantive area of study is cybercriminology, which focuses on how human behavior and technology interact with the criminal justice system.

I’m fascinated with understanding cybercrime issues so that I can formulate a diagnosis of cybercriminal behavior. It is a challenging area of study, which has sparked my curiosity all the time.

I recently presented at the International Symposium on Cybercrime Response in South Korea. My presentation focused on law enforcement challenges on darknet issues. I also discussed the contemporary online drug market operation Silk Road case.

I will be publishing the new book Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation. It aims to build a bridge between cybercriminology perspective and cybercrime-related disciplines.

My passion of studying cybercrime always energizes my teaching, I think, so that I can effectively deliver contemporary cybercrime issues and knowledge to students. I really hope that students are able to recognize my passion and connect the coursework to their field experience.

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