Dr. Smith received his
Ph.D. from Stanford University and has been at Winthrop since 1990. In addition
to being a professor of political science, he is a member of the African American
Studies Committee, faculty advisor to Winthrop's Socialist Student Union, and
coordinator of the William J. Blough Undergraduate Essay Contest, which is
sponsored by the Department of Political Science every spring.
Most of Smith’s research deals with desegregation, education policy, and urban
politics. He also does research on antiwar movements and writes about the
many problems involved in the use of the term social
Smith is the co-editor of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation
and Resegregation in Charlotte (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and the
author of Boom
for Whom? Desegregation, Education, and Development in Charlotte
(State University Press of New York, 2004), His other scholarly publications
have appeared in many journals and edited books, including: North Carolina Law Review; Politics & Society; Perspectives
on Politics; Educational
Evaluation and Policy Analysis; Journal
of Urban Affairs; Robert
Putnam and Social Capital: Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement;
Neighborhoods, and the Misuse of Social Capital.
With the support of a grant
from the National Science Foundation, he is currently studying school
desegregation in five southern cities. He
also served as an expert witness for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and
Educational Fund in the 1999 trial of the reactivated Swann (Charlotte school desegregation) case.
Smith received Winthrop's
Distinguished Professor Award in 2009.