Faculty Profile for Dr. Kim Rossmo

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Dr. Kim Rossmo
Professor- Univ Chair — School of Criminal Justice
phone: (512) 245-2006

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Kim Rossmo holds the University Chair in Criminology and is the director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. He has researched and published in the areas of environmental criminology, the geography of crime, and criminal investigations. Dr. Rossmo was formerly the director of research for the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was the detective inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community. Dr. Rossmo is a member of the Police Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a commissioner on the Austin Public Safety Commission. He is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, sits on the editorial board for Homicide Studies, and is a full fellow of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. Recently, Dr. Rossmo completed projects studying the geospatial structure of terrorist cells, geographic profiling applications in counter-insurgency, and patterns of illegal border crossings. He is currently the principal investigator for two National Institute of Justice research grants, one on offender decision-making and the other on the systemic causes of wrongful convictions. He has published books on geographic profiling and criminal investigative failures, and a crime atlas for Texas. Dr. Rossmo has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.

Teaching Interests

geographic profiling, environmental criminology, criminal investigations, policing

Research Interests

geography of crime, criminal investigations

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Rossmo, K. (2018). Geoprofiling terrorism. In The Oxford handbook of environmental criminology (pp. 801–820). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Rossmo, K. (2018). Geoprofiling serial sex murder. In Routledge international handbook of sexual homicide studies (pp. 544–561). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Rossmo, K., & Pollock, J. (2018). Case deconstruction of criminal investigative failures. Washington, DC, United States: National Institute of Justice.
  • Rossmo, K., & Summers, L. (2018). Offender decision-making: Decision trees and displacement. Washington, DC, United States: National Institute of Justice.
  • Rossmo, K., & Summers, L. (2018). Offender decision-making: Decision trees and displacement, Texas, 2014-2017. Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Retrieved from https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/studies/37116/versions/V1

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Fifteen-Year Service Award, Texas State University. August 2003 - September 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Research and Review Paper Award for 2016., Journal of Spatial Science. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Applied Arts 2015 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence, Texas State University. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: The Ronald V. Clarke ECCA Award, ECCA. 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Ten-Year Service Award, Texas State University. August 2003 - September 2013

Selected Grants

  • Rossmo, Kim (Principal), Pollock, Joycelyn M. Case Deconstruction of Criminal Investigative Failures, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Federal, $389690. (Submitted: 2014, Funded: January 2015 - January 2018). Grant.
  • Rossmo, Kim (Principal), Summers, Lucia (Co-Principal). Offender Decision-Making: Decision Trees and Displacement, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Federal, $377528. (Submitted: 2013, Funded: January 2014 - December 2017). Grant.
  • Rossmo, Kim (Principal). Military Applications of Geographic Profiling, U.S. Marine Corps, Federal, $1520000. (Funded: March 2010 - August 2013). Grant.
  • Rossmo, Kim. GeoProfiling and Polyagent Prediction (GP3), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Federal, $660000. (Funded: October 2008 - May 2009). Grant.
  • Rossmo, Kim (Principal). Criminal Hunting Paths: An Analysis of the Spatial Behavior of Recidivists, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Federal, $149758. (Funded: October 2007 - September 2009). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Dutch Science Foundation
Justice Institute of British Columbia, Tactical Criminal Analysis/Intelligence Analysis Program
Editorial Review Board Member
International Criminal Justice Review
Editorial Review Board Member
Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society
Editorial Review Board Member
Journal of Intelligence & Analysis