Henry Smart III

Henry Smart III

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Ph.D., School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech (2018, Public Administration and Policy)

MSSW, School of Social Work, Columbia University (2007, Social Administration)

BSW, Department of Social Work, Morgan State University (2006, Social Work)


Henry Smart is a military veteran with over 15 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and the National Guard. Throughout his professional career, he has acquired additional knowledge and experience in contract management, nonprofit management, public policy, and social and public administration. He holds his Master of Science in Social Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Morgan State University. After completing his studies at Columbia, he provided program management at various non-profit organizations in the New York City metropolitan area. In May of 2018, he completed his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs at Virginia Tech. He currently holds a tenure-track position at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Department of Public Management. At John Jay College, Henry teaches undergraduate courses in the Criminal Justice Management program and graduate courses in the Master of Public Administration program. His teaching portfolio covers topics related to the policy process, policy analysis, the evaluation of criminal justice programs and the foundations of public administration. His current research examines colorism’s influence on administrative decisions, narratives related to state and local policy agreement and the intersection of presidential pork and disaster preparedness.

JJC Affiliations

Criminal Justice Management, Master of Public Administration

Professional Memberships

American Society for Public Administration, William Averette Anderson Fund (Fellow), Public Administration Theory Network, Association for Public Policy and Management, Public Management Research Association

Course Taught

PAD 348 - Justice Planning and Policy Analysis

PAD 700 - Public Administration

PAD 730 - Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

Scholarly Work

Smart, H. (2018). Operationalizing a Conceptual Model of Colorism in Local Policing.  Social Justice Research, https://rdcu.be/bbOsW

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Racial & Social Justice

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