CHRISTOPHER E. SMITH, J.D., Ph.D
Professor Michigan State University
MSU School of Criminal Justice
530 Baker Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1118
Phone: 517/353-0735; 355-2197 FAX: 517/432-1787
E-mail: smithc28[at]msu.edu OR christopher.smith80[at]post.harvard.edu
Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1988, Political Science (Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)
Dissertation: United States Magistrates: Subordinate Judges in the Federal Courts
J.D. University of Tennessee, 1984, Law (Order of the Coif Honor Society)
Third-year law classes, University of Tennessee, 1983-1984.
Second-year law classes, University of Washington, 1982-1983.
First-year law classes, University of Iowa, 1981-1982.
M.Sc. University of Bristol (U.K.), 1981, Social Sciences (Rotary Graduate Fellowship)
Thesis: The Cherokee Nation and the Indian Removal Policy of the United States
A.B. Harvard University, 1980, Government (Dean’s List; National Merit Scholar)
Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 1976.
BAR MEMBERSHIP: admitted to practice law in Ohio, 1988 (inactive status).
Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice (1994-current)
Associate Professor (1994-1998)
Acting Director (2001);
Undergraduate Program Coordinator (1999-2002)
University of Akron, Department of Political Science (1987-1994)
Associate Professor (1991-1994);
Assistant Professor (1987-1991)
Graduate Program Coordinator (1992-1994)
University of Connecticut-Hartford, Department of Political Science (1985-1987)
Instructor (part-time) (1985-1987)
Asnuntuck Community College, Prison Education Program (Fall 1986)
Instructor in American Government (part-time) (1986)
Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012, MSU College of Social Science
MSU Nominee for National CASE Professor of the Year Competition, 2004
Teacher-Scholar Award, 1997, Michigan State University, all-University faculty awards.
Outstanding Professor Award, 1995-96 (presented by Alpha Phi Sigma, MSU chapter of the criminal justice honor society).
Outstanding Faculty Award, 1989-90 (presented by the University of Akron Board of Trustees).
Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, 1990, University of Akron (based on campus-wide student voting sponsored by Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society).
Law & Society (Ph.D.) [MSU]
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (Grad) [MSU]
Seminar in Judicial Process and Civil Liberties (Grad) [Akron]
Supreme Court and Civil Liberties [Akron]
Supreme Court and Constitutional Law [Akron]
Constitutional Interpretation [UConn]
Criminal Procedure [MSU]
Criminal Law [MSU]
Law of Corrections [MSU]
Law and Criminal Justice Policy [MSU]
Law and the Political Community [UConn]
The Policy Process [UConn]
Policy Problems: Criminal Justice [Akron]
Politics of Crime and Justice [UConn, Akron]
Introduction to Criminal Justice [MSU]
Introduction to American Government [UConn, Asnuntuck Community College]
PUBLICATION SUMMARY (1986-2016, includes published and accepted for publication)
44 books [inclu. revised editions]
---22 scholarly, reference, and advanced textbooks (21 titles)
---21 introductory textbooks (3 titles);
---1 humor book;
---119 articles including 72 articles in university law reviews; 30 articles in refereed journals (legal studies, criminal justice, political science, African-American Studies, education); 17 articles in professional association newsletters/magazines and other outlets;
---7 book chapters;
---28 published scholarly book reviews;
---56 encyclopedia articles;
---50 scholarly papers/presentations
Articles -- Selected Examples
Smith, Christopher E., “The U.S. Supreme Court and the Nation’s Post-Ferguson Controversies.” University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review (accepted for publication in 2016).
Smith, Christopher E., “’What If’: Human Experience and Supreme Court Decision Making
on Criminal Justice.” Marquette Law Review (accepted for publication in 2016).
Smith, Christopher E., and April Sanford. "The Roberts Court and Wrongful Convictions."
St. Louis University Public Law Review 32 (2013): 307-328.
Smith, Christopher E.. "The Changing Supreme Court and Prisoners‘ Rights."Indiana Law Review 44 (2011): 853-888.
Smith, Christopher E., "Rights Behind Bars: The Distinctive Viewpoint of Justice Clarence Thomas." University of Detroit/Mercy Law Review 88 (2011): 829-872.
Jacobs, Charles & Christopher E. Smith. "The Influence of Justice John Paul Stevens: The Opinion Assignments of the Senior Associate Justice." Santa Clara Law Review
51 (2011): 743-774.
Smith, Christopher E. "Justice John Paul Stevens: Staunch Defender of Miranda
Rights." DePaul Law Review 60 (2010): 99-140.
Smith, Christopher E. "Justice John Paul Stevens and Capital Punishment."
Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law 15 (2010): 205-260.
Smith, Christopher E. "Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor and Corrections Law."
Hamline Law Review 32 (2009): 477-497.
Smith, Christopher E. "Justice John Paul Stevens and Prisoners‘ Rights."
Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 17 (2007): 83-107.
Smith, Christopher E. "The Supreme Court and Criminal Justice: Did the Burger and
Rehnquist Courts Undo the Legacy of the Warren Court?" Insights on Law and Society
8 (Fall 2007): 4-6, 17.
Smith, Christopher E., and Thomas R. Hensley. "Decision-Making Trends of the
Rehnquist Court Era: Civil Rights and Liberties Cases." Judicature 89 (2005):161-167, 184-185.
Smith, Christopher E., and Cheryl D. Lema. "Justice Clarence Thomas and
Incommunicado Detention: Justifications and Risks." Valparaiso University Law Review
39 (2005): 783-813.
Smith, Christopher E. "The Bill of Rights after September 11th: Principles or
Pragmatism?" Duquesne Law Review 42 (2004): 259-291.
Smith, Christopher E. and Heidi Feldman, "Burdens of the Bench: State Supreme
Courts‘ Non-Judicial Tasks." Judicature 84 (2001): 304-309.
Smith, Christopher E. "The Malleability of Constitutional Doctrine and Its Ironic
Impact on Prisoners‘ Rights." Boston University Public Interest Law Journal
11 (2001): 73-96.
Smith, Christopher E., "The Governance of Corrections: Implications of the
Changing Interface of Courts and Corrections," in Boundary Changes in Criminal Justice Organizations, Volume 2 of CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2000, pp. 113-166 (Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000).
DeJong, Christina and Christopher E. Smith, "Equal Protection, Gender, and Justice
at the Dawn of a New Century." Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal 14 (1999): 123-154.
Smith, Christopher E. and John Hurst, "The Forms of Judicial Policy Making: Civil
Liability and Criminal Justice Policy." The Justice System Journal 19 (1997): 341-354.
Smith, Christopher E., "Turning Rights into Symbols: The U.S. Supreme Court and
Criminal Justice." Criminal Justice Policy Review 8 (1997): 99-117.
Smith, Christopher E., "Clarence Thomas: A Distinctive Justice." Seton Hall Law Review
28 (1997): 1-28.
Smith, Christopher E. and John D. Burrow, "Race-ing Into the Twenty-First Century:
The Supreme Court and the (E)Quality of Justice." University of Toledo Law Review
28 (1997): 279-300.
Smith, Christopher E., "The Use of Research in Local Policy Making: A Case Study of
Corporal Punishment in Public Education." Educational Policy 10 (1996): 502-517.
Smith, Christopher E., "Teaching the Irrelevance of Law on Criminal Procedure."
Journal of Criminal Justice Education 7 (1996): 45-58.
Smith, Christopher E. and Roxanne Ochoa, "The Peremptory Challenge in the Eyes
of the Trial Judge." Judicature 79 (1996): 185-189.
Smith, Christopher E., "Bent on Original Intent," American Bar Association Journal
82 (October 1996): 48-52.
Reprinted as "Justice Clarence Thomas: A Jurisprudential Vision Based on Original Intent" in The Supreme Court and Its Justices ed. by Jesse Choper. Chicago: American Bar Association Publishing, 2nd ed., 2001, pp. 296-303.
Hensley, Thomas R. and Christopher E. Smith, "Membership Change and Voting
Change: An Analysis of the Rehnquist Court's 1986-1991 Terms." Political Research Quarterly
48 (1995): 837-856.
Smith, Christopher E., "Judicial Policy Making and Habeas Corpus Reform."
Criminal Justice Policy Review 7 (1995): 91-114.
Smith, Christopher E., "The Constitution and Criminal Punishment: The Emerging
Visions of Justices Scalia and Thomas." Drake Law Review 43 (1995): 593-613.
Smith, Christopher E., "Imagery, Politics, and Jury Reform." Akron Law Review
28 (1994): 77-95.
Smith, Christopher E., "Black Muslims and the Development of Prisoners' Rights."
Journal of Black Studies 24 (1993): 131-146.
Smith, Christopher E. and Thomas R. Hensley, "Assessing the Conservatism of the Rehnquist Court." Judicature 77 (1993): 83-89.
Reprinted as "Assessing the Conservatism of the Rehnquist Court" in Judicial Politics: Readings from Judicature, ed. E. Slotnick. Chicago: Burnham Publishers, 2d ed. 1999,411-418.
Smith, Christopher E., "Politics and Plausibility: Searching for the Truth About Anita
Hill and Clarence Thomas." Ohio Northern University Law Review 19 (1993): 697-757.
Smith, Christopher E., "The New Supreme Court and the Politics of Racial Equality."
The Western Journal of Black Studies 15 (1991): 8-15.
Reprinted in Theodore Rueter, ed., The Politics of Race: African Americans and the Political System. New York: M.E. Sharpe,1995.
Smith, Christopher E. and Linda Fry, "Vigilance or Accommodation: The Changing
Supreme Court and Religious Freedom." Syracuse Law Review 42 (1991): 893-944.
Smith, Christopher E., "Justice Antonin Scalia and the Institutions of American
Government." Wake Forest Law Review 25 (1990): 783-809.
Smith, Christopher E., "Police Professionalism and the Rights of Criminal Defendants."
Criminal Law Bulletin 26 (1990): 155-166.
Smith, Christopher E., "The Supreme Court and Ethnicity." Oregon Law Review
69 (1990): 797-845.
Smith, Christopher E., "Polarization and Change in the Federal Courts:
En Banc Decisions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals." Judicature 74 (1990): 133-137.
Smith, Christopher E., "Jurisprudential Politics and the Manipulation of History."
The Western Journal of Black Studies 13 (1989): 156-161.
Smith, Christopher E., "The Development of a Judicial Office: United States
Magistrates and the Struggle for Status." The Journal of the Legal Profession
14 (1989): 175-197.
Smith, Christopher E., "Federal Judicial Salaries: A Critical Appraisal."
Temple Law Review 62 (1989): 849-873.
Smith, Christopher E. and Scott P. Johnson, "Presidential Pardons and Accountability
in the Executive Branch." Wayne Law Review 35 (1989): 1113-1131.
Smith, Christopher E., "Assessing the Consequences of Judicial Innovation:
U.S. Magistrates' Trials and Related Tribulations." Wake Forest Law Review
23 (1988): 455-490.
Smith, Christopher E., "United States Magistrates and the Processing of
Prisoner Litigation." Federal Probation 52 (1988): 13-18 (December issue).
Smith, Christopher E., "Merit Selection Committees and the Politics of Appointing
United States Magistrates." The Justice System Journal 12 (1987): 210-231.
Smith, Christopher E., "Federal Judges' Role in Prisoner Litigation: What's
Necessary?What's Proper?" Judicature 70 (1986): 144-150.
Reprinted as: "Court Supervision of Prisons is Necessary," in Criminal Justice Sources, vol.2. St. Paul, Minn.: Greenhaven Press, 1987, pp. 381-387.
OTHER ACTIVITIES [selected examples]
Constitution Day keynote speaker, Central Michigan University, Sept. 2010.
Muskegon Arts & Humanities Festival, public lecture, Oct. 2008 (Muskegon Community College)
Presented testimony before the Committee on Regulatory Reform, Michigan House of Representatives concerning proposed constitutional amendment to introduce capital punishment in Michigan, March 16, 2004.
Organizer, ad hoc committee on math curriculum reform, Okemos (MI) Public Schools, 2000 (interviewed and featured in Mark Clayton, "If This Is Math, Then We‘re At War," Christian Science Monitor, special series reprint: "The Math Meltdown," May 16, 23, and 30, 2000, pp. 2,3, 7; Marybeth Hart, "Concerns Over
Math Bring Added Homework," Lansing State Journal, January 3, 2001, p. 4D).
Member, Advisory Committee on Corporal Punishment, Kent (OH) Public Schools, 1994.
Invited Observer, Annual Training Session for United States Magistrate Judges from the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Federal Judicial Circuits, sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 1987.