Sinchul Back, Ph.D.



This award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated noteworthy academic leadership in integrating international issues/perspectives into the curriculum and through whose efforts, students have acquired the competencies, attributes and insights required to meaningfully and successfully participate in an increasingly interdependent world. The recipient of this year’s award is Dr. Sinchul Back.

Dr. Back came to the University in 2019 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology.  He earned his Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice from Florida International University. Dr. Back is the Director of Cybercrime & Cybersecurity Studies for the University of Scranton’s Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime (CAPoC). He is also a researcher at Boston University’s Center for Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC). In addition, he is the Editor of the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime (IJCIC); he is affiliated with Cybernomics, and the International Journal of Terrorism & National Security.

This past summer, Dr. Back taught in the free Royal’s Cyber Investigation Camp for area high school students, where students learned about cybercriminal profiling, cybersecurity countermeasures, cyber law and digital forensics through classes taught in the University’s Cyber Forensics and Cybersecurity lab.

Dr. Back’s research interests include AI, cybercriminal profiling, cybersecurity, digital forensics investigation, homeland security, and counterterrorism. His articles have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime, Journal of Digital Forensic, IEEE, and Prison Journal. Dr. Back has presented his research at numerous conferences on a national and international level such as the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Science, European Society of Criminology, IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, and INTERPOL conference.

Dr. Back helped lead a faculty-student study abroad course to South Korea this past summer where the students learned about a variety of special criminal justice programs and visited the South Korean Supreme Court.

Dr. Back is a retired Marine captain who served as an instructor in counter-terrorism tactics and counter-intelligence operations in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. In addition, he served as legislative aide for the South Korea Senate and Massachusetts State House.

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