James N. Hardin

James Hardin

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of South Carolina
Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States

James N. Hardin, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in German literature and comparative literature education.

As a student, Dr. Hardin earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 1960. He studied at the Free University of Berlin for a year, and returned to the United States, earning a PhD from the University of North Carolina in 1967. Upon earning his doctorate, Dr. Hardin served in the United States Army as a captain, earning an Army Commendation Medal before his honorable discharge in 1969. He started as a professor of German literature and comparative literature for the University of South Carolina (USC) later that year.

Dr. Hardin went on to travel yet again to Germany in 1974, this time studying and completing coursework at the Technical University of Berlin. Throughout his education, he credits Hons-Gert Roloff as a great influence, as well as W. W. Pusey. A variety of educators played a role in shaping his career, introducing him to various fields of literature, but his main interest remained German literature. Returning to his position at USC, he taught for nearly 30 years before taking on the title of professor emeritus in 1998. He sees himself continuing to work as a book reviewer in the coming years, and he has recently written a foreword for a long 19th-century German novel.

In addition to his work as an educator, Dr. Hardin served as the president of both Camden House Publishing and Hardin Publishing Inc. He was the founder and editor of a book series in which academic authors from Europe and the United States wrote works on famous writers. The series boasts over 40 titles, with subjects ranging from Proust and Kafka to Thomas Mann, Hesse, Musil, and others. He wrote “The German Bildungsroman” in 2019, “Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Travels” in 1991, and contributed to the “Dictionary of Literary Biography.” His novella, “Somewhere a Band is Playing,” is dedicated to his wife, Anne Hardin, who holds a PhD in music education and a performance certificate in the trumpet from USC.

For his excellence as an educator, Dr. Hardin has been the recipient of numerous awards. He was given the German-American Friendship Award in 2004, the Russell Award for Scholarship in 1979, and the Alexander von Humboldt Award in 1974 and 1975, for which he was arranged to meet with the chancellor of Germany, as well as a variety of prominent scholars. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 1960 to 1961, and is a member of the Modern Language Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Goethe Society.

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