Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice
Carmen Johnson-Hardin is the first professor and Chair in the Criminal Justice Department at Philander Smith College. Dr. Hardin received a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a specialization in Criminal Justice in 2014 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a Juris Doctorate in 1999 from William H. Bowen School of Law, and a B.A. in Psychology in 1996 from Hendrix College.
Prior to joining PSC in 2016, Dr. Hardin worked as an Arkansas Court of Appeals Law Clerk for Judge Andree Layton Roaf (1998-2000), established and served as Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Hendrix College (2000-2006), held faculty appointments at Hendrix College (2002-2006 and 2010-2015), and worked as a Program Monitor Intern for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program in the Department of Workforce Services (2015-2016).
Dr. Hardin’s professional research interests include Criminal Justice Policy, Program Evaluation, Law and Society, Restorative Justice, Communities and Crime, and Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Crime.