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Christopher E. Smith, JD, PhD


1988 PhD, University of Connecticut
1984 JD, University of Tennessee
1981 MSc, University of Bristol (U.K.)
1980 AB, Harvard University


Christopher E. Smith joined the faculty of the MSU School of Criminal Justice in 1994 after previously teaching political science at the University of Akron and the University of Connecticut-Hartford.  His primary research interests are judicial policy-making, the U.S. Supreme Court, court processes, and constitutional rights in criminal justice, especially prisoners’ rights.  He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including The Supreme Court and the Development of Law:  Through the Prism of Prisoners' Rights (2016), John Paul Stevens:  Defender of Rights in Criminal Justice (2015), Constitutional Rights:  Myths & Realities (2004), and Courts and the Poor (1991).  He is also the author of more than 100 scholarly articles that have been published in such journals as Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Studies, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Justice System Journal, and Boston University Public Interest Law Journal.


The Roles of Sonia Sotomayor in Criminal Justice Cases

Year: 2018 Authors: Smith, C.E. and Petlakh, K. Journal: Capital University Law Review

What If?: Human Experience and Supreme Court Decision Making on Criminal Justice

Year: 2016 Authors: Smith, C.E. Journal: Marquette Law Review

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Nation's Post-Ferguson Controversies

Year: 2016 Authors: Smith, C.E. Journal: University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review

The Roberts Court and Wrongful Convictions

Year: 2013 Authors: Smith, C.E., and Sanford, A. Journal: St. Louis University Public Law Review

Rights Behind Bars: The Distinctive Viewpoint of Justice Clarence Thomas

Year: 2011 Authors: Smith, C.E. Journal: University of Detroit/Mercy Law Review

The Rehnquist Court and Criminal Justice

Year: 2011 Authors: Smith, C.E., DeJong, C., and McCall, M. (Eds). Publisher: Lexington Books