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Kim Davies

Chair of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work


Dr. Kim Davies is a criminologist and sociologist specializing in the study of homicide and gender-based violence.









Davies, chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work, began her academic career at Augusta University in 1996. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Davies earned tenure and promotion to full Professor. Over the course of her tenure, 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 Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in the areas of research and publication by a University faculty member. A sociologist and criminologist, Davies academic focus is on gender, homicide and violence by and against women. Her research contributions include multiple conference presentations, journal publications, and a primary text, The Murder Book. Davies has been an active member of various professional organizations including the Homicide Research Working Group, The American Criminology Society Division on Woman and Crime, and the Academy of Justice Sciences. Davies has also served as President of the Mid- South Sociological Association and President of the ASU/GRU campus chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She is currently completing a three-year term on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Person in Sociology committee of the American Sociological Association, she is the membership coordinator for the Homicide Research Working Group Nominations Committee.

Areas of Expertise

MurderSociology Of HomicideGender-Based ViolenceSocial EqualitySociology


  • Pamplin Marketing Committee : Committee Member
  • Masters of Public Administration Admissions Committee : Committee Member
  • Campus Giving (formerly IGRU) : Committee Chair

Media Appearances

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.

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"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.


Engaging Boys in Eradicating Gender-based Violence: A Pilot Study of a Promundo-adapted Program | MSC - Masculinities and social change


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 outcomes—pregnancy, safe sex practices, sexual and intimate partner violence, and STI and HIV transmission.

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It is (More) About the Students: Faculty Motivations and Concerns Regarding Teaching Online | Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration


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.

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Small Screens and Big Streets: A Comparison of Women Police Officers on Primetime Crime Shows and in U.S. Police Departments, 1950 to 2008 | Women & Criminal Justice


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.

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