Dr. Karin Brown


Dr. Karin Brown, associate professor of criminal justice, is head of the HSU Criminal Justice Department in the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts.

She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in both undergraduate and graduate studies. She completed a Ph.D. in education with a focus in criminology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Prior to her appointment at HSU, Brown served in various positions within the criminal justice field, including counseling and consulting for the Taylor County Juvenile Probation Department. She currently holds a license as a professional counselor and supervisor for L.P.C. interns.

Brown serves on the Abilene Police Academy Advisory Board, the Regional Crime Victims Crisis Center Board, and is a member of the Community Justice Policy Council.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Behavioral Science, Criminal Justice, Hardin-Simmons University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies, McMurry University, 1992
  • Master of Education, Counseling and Human Development, Hardin-Simmons University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Education with a focus in Criminology, Capella University, 2009
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network