Kevin L. Kelm, Ph.D.  Supervisory Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

Kevin L. Kelm, Ph.D.

Supervisory Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

Dr. Kelm is a retired Supervisory Special Agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  He was a member of the ATF National Response Team, and participated in the investigation of the bombing of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.  He was promoted and assigned as a criminal profiler to the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit-1 (Counterterrorism, Foreign Counter-Intelligence, WMD, Arson, Bombing) where, after 9-11, he created profiles and investigation/interrogation strategies of enemy combatants and other subjects involved in incidents of international and domestic terrorism.  During several deployments to Afghanistan, Dr. Kelm delivered Counter-IED training to the International Security Assistance Force in support of Joint Task Force Paladin.  He has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts in the United States and in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since his retirement from ATF, Dr. Kelm has been in private practice as a criminal investigative analyst/profiler and he is the President of Arson & Bombing Behavioral Analysis, LLC; a criminal forensic consulting company.  Dr. Kelm is a Research Fellow at the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation at Texas State University.  He has published articles related to arson, bombing, and criminal investigative analysis.  He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association of Arson Investigators (Member – Behavioral Sciences Committee), the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, and a Fellow of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship.  Dr. Kelm is a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Professional Experience

  • Criminal Profiler – Private Practice, Arson & Bombing Behavioral Analysis, LLC (2011-Present)
  • Resident Agent in Charge, ATF (2004-2011)
  • Supervisory Special Agent – Profiler, ATF, FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (1997-2004)
  • Special Agent, ATF (1988 – 1997)
  • Police Officer, West Allis, WI (1979-1987)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • D., Bus. Ad. – Criminal Justice, Northcentral University, 2016
  • S., Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003
  • S., Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1986
  • Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Certified Explosives Specialist (ATF-Ret.)

Scholarly Activity

  • Kelm, K. L. & Mire, S. M. (n.d.). Profiling serial arsonists: Seeking empirical support for a motive-based typology. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Kelm, K. L. (2016, June). Measures of association for serial arsonist behaviors and motives. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA.
  • Kelm, K. L. (2016). Examining arson criminal profiling: Serial arson behaviors as predictors of arson motivation. (Doctoral dissertation). School of Business and Technology Management, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, Arizona. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32223.25764
  • Kelm, K. L. (2014, May). Criminal profiling epistemology: Knowledge management and divergent paradigms. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA.
  • Kelm, K. L. (2013, January). Behavioral investigation of the arsonist: Observing offense behavior part 3 – the crime scene. Fire and Arson Investigator, 63(3), 12-22.
  • Kelm, K. L. (2012,July). Behavioral investigation of the arsonist: Observing offense behavior part 2 – the criminal. Fire and Arson Investigator, 63(1), 49-53.
  • Kelm, K. L. (2012, April). Behavioral investigation of the arsonist: Observing offense behavior part 1 – the crime. Fire and Arson Investigator, 62(4), 24-30.
  • Sapp, A., Huff, T., Kelm, K., Tunkel, R. (2001). Behavior and characteristics of bomb related offenders. National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Quantico, VA. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3808.6246