Kathleen Love

Chair of Criminal Justice Program (Undergraduate)

P843-863-7498 / Eklove@csuniv.edu



Kathleen Love

Dr. Kathleen “Kathi” Love, Ph.D., moved to the Charleston area in 1989. Kathi’s son Matthew serves in the United States Marine Corps. Matthew has one son, Connor, and daughter, Addison, who is the love of Kathi’s life. Dr. Love comes from a close-knit family with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. She retired from the North Charleston Police Department in 2017 after 23 years of dedicated service. She currently helps to initiate and open homes for homeless high school men. She also has served on the Board for Project Home since 2017.

Dr. Love received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Psychology and her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, all from Charleston Southern University. In 2018, she earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration with the specialty of Criminal Justice from North Central University. She currently is the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Sociology Departments at Charleston Southern University. She spent six years seeking justice for rape survivors and advocating for victims’ rights with People Against Rape (PAR). Dr. Love has received numerous awards and recognitions for her steadfast service and dedication to the safety and well-being of the communities she serves.

Your Purpose. Our Mission.

My purpose is to teach the knowledge I learned in the workforce to my students. I want to make sure the students have first-hand knowledge working in the criminal justice field.

Dr. Kathleen Love, PhD

Police Officer of the Quarter, School Resource Officer of the Year, Charleston Leader of the Year for Community Service