Jeffrey Smith - Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy
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    Jeffrey Smith

    Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    Jeff Smith is Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy at Milano. Jeff, who has taught political science at Washington University and Dartmouth College, teaches and researches political campaigns, urban political economy, policy advocacy, and the legislative process. At Washington University, he received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Jeff served in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009, representing inner-city St. Louis, where he co-founded a group of charter schools called the Confluence Academies. Trading Places, his Ph.D. thesis on U.S. partisan realignment from 1975-2004, was recently published as a book, and he is currently completing a book manuscript about the politics of prison reform. In addition to writing for political science journals, he is an advice columnist for New York political publication City and State, and frequently addresses audiences of public officials on ethics in politics.

    Jeff has appeared on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Current, and has been profiled by NPR’s This American Life, Harper’s, The New Republic, and other periodicals. He recently gave a TED talk on prison entrepreneurship, and has published op-ed pieces for CNN, The Atlantic, Inc., National Journal, Salon, Politico, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His youth-powered grass-roots congressional campaign was chronicled in the film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which was short-listed for an Academy Award.

    Recent Publications:

    The Recovering Politician's Twelve-Step Guide to Surviving Crisis, 2013 (book)
    Trading Places: The Two Parties in the Electorate, 1975-2004 (book)
    Barking Louder: Interests Groups in the 2012 Election The Forum 2012; 10(4): 80–90
    Walking Around Money: How Machine Politics Works in America Today The Atlantic, June 12, 2013
    Can Jeb Bush Sway the GOP on Taxes, Debt? CNN, December 11, 2012.
    What's The Matter with Missouri? The Atlantic, August 24, 2012.
    Eleven Reasons Akin Won't Quit Salon, August 21, 2012.

    Research Interests:

    Lobbying and Advocacy, Legislative Process, Campaign Strategy, Money in Politics, Prison Reform.