A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Kim Davies began her academic career at Augusta University in 1996. During her tenure
at Augusta University, Davies was named Outstanding Faculty Member in recognition of her excellent teaching in 2001 and in 2009,
she received the Louis K. Bell Alumni Research. A sociologically trained criminologist, Davies academic focus is on homicide and
violence. Her research contributions include multiple conference presentations, journal publications, and a primary text, The Murder Book: Understanding Homicide Today published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Dr. Davies was the Interim Director of Women’s Studies in 2001-2002 and the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences 2004 to 2020. She has also served as President of the Mid- South Sociological Association and President of ASU’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and she is currently the President of the Homicide Research Working Group.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Sociology Of Homicide
The Ohio State University: PhD, Sociology 1996
The Ohio State University: BA, Sociology 1988
The Ohio State University: BA, Women's Studies 1988
The Ohio State University: MA, Sociology 1990
- American Society of Criminology (ASC), Division on Women and Crime : Member, 1992 - Present
- American Sociological Association, Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer People in Sociology 2014-16 : Member, 1995 - Present
- Homicide Research Working Group : President, 2018 - Present; Program Committee Co-Chair 2021; Newsletter Editor 2004-7; Multiple Committees and Member, 2002 - Present
- Mid-South Sociological Association : President 2008-9, Vice-President 2005-6, Member, 1998 - 2010
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences : Member and Multiple Committees, 1997 - 2008
- Pamplin Marketing Committee : Committee Member
- Masters of Public Administration Admissions Committee : Committee Member
- Campus Giving (formerly IGRU) : Committee Chair
Media Appearances (11)
Augusta University hosts Class of 2027 Freshman Convocation
The Augusta Press online
After an untraditional start to the school year for many incoming freshman, the result of flood damages to Oak Hall, Augusta University hosted Freshman Convocation in the Christenberry Fieldhouse on Friday, Aug. 25, following the first full week of classes. As Class of 2027 t-shirts, pins and a special “welcome” edition of the student newspaper were distributed, first year students entered the fieldhouse and introduced themselves to several deans and university officials.
Experts Say The Pandemic Coincided With The Largest One-Year Rise In Homicide Rates
Even with gradual reopenings, property crimes in 2020 were still much lower than the previous year, while homicides climbed significantly in 28 cities he studied - places like St. Louis, Kansas City and Milwaukee. Also, the risk of murder in neighborhoods plagued by gun violence was much higher in 2020 than in 2019. Augusta University sociologist Kim Davies says that's where so-called confrontational homicide is often the cause.
2020’s murder increase is ‘unprecedented.’ But is it a blip?
The Christian Science Monitor online
After all, “murder is often mundane,” says Kim Davies, a researcher at Augusta University, usually involving people known to one another, often over insults or resentments fueled by alcohol and other drugs, the use of which have risen during the pandemic.
AU students tally the number of U.S. murders in 2015 on campus sidewalk
The Augusta Chronicle online
Each year Kim Davies tries to find a unique way to illustrate a somber fact to the students in her Sociology of Murder Class.
"Southern Fried Homicide"
Investigation Discovery tv
Davies appeared in a 2014 episode of Investigation Discovery's "Southern Fried Homicide" (titled "Directions to Hell") about Augusta-area serial killer Reinaldo Rivera. Davies sat in on Rivera's trial and contributed to the show by explaining, from a sociological standpoint, how killers find and manipulate victims.
Professor Writes the Book On Murder
The Augusta Press online
Kim Davies asks her students two questions when they show up to her class on the sociology of murder for the first time.
Murder, she wrote: Augusta University professor's book examines, defines homicide
Augusta Chronicle print
Dr. Kim Davies’ job can be absolute murder. But she won’t always be the first to tell you. “Sometimes I’m quiet about what I study because at a dinner party or something they all just start talking to me,” she said. “Even if I try to be quiet because I’m not always that outgoing – as a sociologist I like to sit and watch – they just start talking to me if they know I know something about murder.”
The fascination with murder
This week The Means Report takes on a rather grim topic, but it is a topic that apparently interests a lot of people. It is murder, homicide cases, investigations, serial killers. We have an expert here in town who has been examining homicide trends and people’s fascination with this topic, mass shootings and has written her second book on the subject. It’s called “The Murder Book: Understanding Homicide Today”. And the author is Dr. Kim Davies. Dr. Davies, no stranger to people in these parts. She’s also the dean of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Augusta University.
Pandemic has driven crime up, and AU experts want to know why
We’re learning more about the pandemic’s impact on spikes in crime. Looking at data locally, in 2020, we saw a slight dip in total shootings from the year before. Then in 2021, shootings and aggravated assaults jumped by 22 percent. This year, we’re on pace to have similar numbers to last year. We went over data with Augusta University to see if there is a larger connection between the pandemic and crime.
Nurse charged with killing seven babies; Man kidnapped and stabbed on Tinder date
True Crime Daily Podcast online
Dr. Kim Davies appears on the True Crime Daily podcast
AU students create silent but powerful message on murders
In the FBI’s national data on crime statistics, Augusta ranked 32 in the nation for murder rate per capita. The latest local data from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office shows July was the worst month for shootings and homicides in the last five years. Augusta University students came together to pay tribute to the lives lost from violent crime here at home and across the country. A powerful message about our county’s rising murder rate was left for AU students to see as they pass by.
Engaging Boys in Eradicating Gender-based Violence: A Pilot Study of a Promundo-adapted ProgramMSC - Masculinities and Social Change
2015 The Brazil-based Promundo organization originated in 1997 and developed Program H to engage young men in the fight for gender equality. Research on Promundo and similar gender-transformative programs demonstrate that this type of intervention can significantly increase beliefs in gender equality and improve sexual health outcomesâ€”pregnancy, safe sex practices, sexual and intimate partner violence, and STI and HIV transmission.
It is (More) About the Students: Faculty Motivations and Concerns Regarding Teaching OnlineOnline Journal of Distance Learning Administration
2014 There is increasing interest, if not demand, from universities and students for faculty to teach using online technologies. However, many faculty members are reluctant to teach online.
Small Screens and Big Streets: A Comparison of Women Police Officers on Primetime Crime Shows and in U.S. Police Departments, 1950 to 2008Women & Criminal Justice
2014 This article utilizes a longitudinal approach to assess the visibility of women as police officers in primetime crime shows from 1950 to 2008 and compares these numbers for television to actual data on women who work as police officers in the United States. We find that as expected, annual labor force data and crime show data both indicate increases in the number of minorities and women working in the criminal justice system over time.
No Sissy Boys Here: A Content Analysis of the Representation of Masculinity in Elementary School Reading TextbooksSex Roles
2000 In this study, we investigate the portrayal of gender characteristics in elementary school reading textbooks. Over the past 25 years, most of the research on textbooks has focused on female roles and characteristics. In this research, we focus particularly on how males are portrayed. Using an evaluative instrument based on the Bem Sex Role Inventory, we examine first, third, and fifth grade literature textbooks. In particular, we analyze traits pertaining to masculine and feminine stereotypes. Our results show that despite publisher's guidelines and Title IX, males are still primarily portrayed in a stereotypical light. Males are overwhelming shown to be aggressive, argumentative, and competitive.
Beyond the Statistics: An Examination of Killing by Women in Three Georgia CountiesHomicide Studies
2002 In this article, we report the results of an extensive examination of the county homicide files on all the known cases ( N = 42) of homicide committed by females in Burke, Columbia, and Richmond Counties of Georgia between January 1, 1990, and September 24, 1999. We describe demographic information about victims and offenders, the victim-offender relationship, and the methods, circumstances, and roles of the accused female perpetrators. The details, which we have gathered from the files, add depth to the study, often bringing to light the more personal dynamics surrounding homicide incidents, which cannot be included in larger studies. We discuss our findings on the homicides committed by females in these less densely populated areas in light of former studies, which have focused on females in larger, more densely populated areas of the United States.
Assessing the Effects of COVID-19-Related Stay-at-Home Orders on Homicide Rates in Selected U.S. CitiesSage Journals
Gregg Murray, Kim Davies
Most U.S. states issued stay-at-home orders (SAHOs) to limit the spread of COVID-19 in 2020. These orders required people to remain in their residences except when undertaking essential activities. While SAHOs are a powerful public health tool against infectious diseases, they can have significant social and economic consequences. Grounded in general strain and routine activities theories and using interrupted time series analyses, this study assesses the effects of SAHOs on homicide rates in 10 U.S. cities. Substantive results suggest SAHOs were associated with changes in homicide rates in theoretically identifiable ways.
Preparing for Medical School: How Sociology Helps Premedical Students Prepare for the MCAT and beyondSage Journals
Elizabeth Culatta, Melissa Powell-Williams, Kim Davies
Educators have recently highlighted the importance of social science courses for students entering the medical field. This has led to the inclusion of sociological theories and concepts on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a requirement for any student seeking formal medical training. Using open-ended survey data responses provided by students who recently completed the MCAT, we explore how students perceive that sociology courses prepare them for the MCAT and their lives more generally. We find that students report that their sociology courses introduced them to key concepts and laid a foundation for material assessed on the exam, but those courses could improve by aligning with the MCAT structure by prioritizing application of concepts and critically analyzing case studies. Students also reported that sociology courses helped them develop empathy and inclusivity and use their sociological imaginations, which will ultimately positively impact their careers in the medical field and lives overall.