Dr. Carter F. Smith

Lecturer

Dr. Carter F. Smith
615-656-3505
Room 223, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 238, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Northcentral University, AZ (2010)
  • J.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (2002)
  • B.S., Austin Peay State University, TN (1990)

Areas of Expertise

street gangs, military-trained gang members, gangs in the military, gangs in colleges and universities, organized crime, international terrorism, domestic terrorism, expert witness testimony, employment in the criminal justice profession, career networking, and social media

Experience with external funding agencies
Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Biography

Dr. Smith has taught classes and sessions for many Gang Investigators Associations, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Crime Prevention Council, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the National Gang Crime Research Center, the Southern Criminal Justice Association, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Army. Dr. Smith is a retired U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Command Special Agent. He worked in the CID for over twenty-two years, with f...

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Dr. Smith has taught classes and sessions for many Gang Investigators Associations, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Crime Prevention Council, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the National Gang Crime Research Center, the Southern Criminal Justice Association, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Army. Dr. Smith is a retired U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Command Special Agent. He worked in the CID for over twenty-two years, with fifteen of those at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He provided and directed the security of several U.S. Army bases, supervised multi-national fraud and theft investigations, and conducted various criminal and cyber-crime investigations in Germany, Korea, Panama, and the United States. He has been interviewed by several national, regional and local television, print, internet and radio news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), The American Society of Criminology, the Southern Criminal Justice Association, the American Criminal Justice Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, Infragard, and ASIS International. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.

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