Carl Franklin, J.D., Ph.D.

About Me

Carl Franklin has more than thirty years working in and with the American criminal justice system. Beginning his career in the mid-70s, Carl Franklin spent 14 years as a law enforcement officer. During that time he workd as a patrol officer, special projects (covert) officer, field training officer, and on assignment with the chief's office to help setup the department's first computerized crime tracking system. 

Following his career in law enforcement Carl Franklin joined the local prosecutor's office to work a number of cases including some top felony cases. He later joined with fellow attorneys to create Franklin, Baumbardner and VanDiver, a regional law firm providing service in seven counties in central Oklahoma. The firm handled up to 2,000 individual cases each year and had offices in Oklahoma City, Norman and Pauls Valley, OK. 

Beginning in 1989 Carl Franklin taught as an adjunct professor at Rose State College and City College in Oklahoma City. It was the experience of the classroom that eventually led him to move his career to academia full time. Over the next twenty years he worked as full time faculty, department chair, dean and graduate program director. His tenure in academia led to his returning for his Doctor of Philosophy degree to complement the Juris Doctor he earned from Oklahoma. 

As a professor, Dr. Franklin taught classes in criminal justice, law, public policy, public administration, and business. He served as editor for two academic journals, as a reviewer for six others, and contributed more than a dozen articles to journals publishing research in the areas of constitutional law, police procedure, and crimainl justice management.