Kyung-Seok Choo

Kyung Seok Choo, Criminal Justice, Global Studies

Assistant Professor
Health and Social Sciences Building #495


Youth gangs; transnational human trafficking; identity theft.

Educational Background

B.S.: Korea Maritime University (1995)

M.S.: College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University (1997)

Ph.D.: School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University (2004)


Kyungseok Choo is senior research associate at WestEd.  He will co-direct a newly launched research center for crime and justice at WestEd.  As a full time faculty member, he taught at UMass Lowell (MA) and Utica College (NY) for 13 years.  As a PI or Co-PI, he has participated in several grant activities. Currently, he is analyzing Better Future Minnesota project data at WestEd, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  He is also serving as Co-PI of Local Action Research Partner (LARP) for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative Grant, which was designed to assist local governments and non-profit organizations with developing gang intervention and prevention activities in the cities of Lawrence, Haverhill, and Methuen in Massachusetts.  He was also Principal Investigator for a transnational human trafficking study, funded by the Korean Institute of Criminology, to examine Asian migrant sex workers and victims of human trafficking in New York metropolitan area.  His research agenda also focuses on sex offender registration system, identity theft, and economic crime.

Select Publications
2007 “Gangs and Immigrant Youth” LFB Scholarly Publication

2007 “Identity Fraud Trends and Patterns: Building a Data-Based Foundation for Proactive Enforcement” Technical Report submitted to Bureau of Justice Assistance, Washington, D.C.

2006 “Identity Theft” by David A. May and James E. Headley.  Criminal Justice Review, 31 (4)

2004 “An Accountant’s Defining Moments: Questionable Corporate Practices Before & After the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002” Journal of Economic Crime Management