Smith, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Smith
M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis
Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
Politics and Advocacy; Campaigns and Elections; the Role of Race in Urban Politics; the Legislative Process
Jeff Smith, who has taught political science at Washington University and Dartmouth College, teaches and conducts research on campaigns and elections, the role of race in urban politics, policy advocacy, and the legislative process. At Washington University, he received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. Jeff served in the Missouri State Senate from 2006-2009 as the nation’s only white state senator from a majority-black district. Jeff, who had co-founded a group of inner-city charter schools called the Confluence Academies, became the Senate’s leading voice on education reform. He is completing a memoir about his experience in politics, and contributes to The Recovering Politician, a new blog for former elected officials. His writing has been featured in Inc. and New York magazines, and he has been profiled in Harper’s, The New Republic, and other periodicals. In 2004, Jeff ran for the congressional seat vacated by Dick Gephardt, losing narrowly to Rep. Russ Carnahan. His youth-powered, grass-roots campaign was chronicled in the film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which was lauded by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, and short-listed for an Academy Award.
Courses Taught:
  • Power, Strategy and Social Change
  • Legislative Process
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Laboratory in Policy Analysis
  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
Recent Publications:
Smith, Jeffrey, "From Wallace to Paul and Perry," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, A9, January 4, 2012

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