Michael Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and Chair
I’m Michael Smith, and I am passionate about connecting my teaching to politics in the “real world.” I teach classes on state and local politics, campaigns and elections, political philosophy, legislative politics, and nonprofit management. If you’ve taken a course from me, you know I love movies, the Socratic method, and coffee. My core insight is that politics affects everyday life. My core passion is rational thought. We must choose to act in our public lives, or choices will be made for us. I choose and act, and I want my students to do the same.
My newest book, State Voting Laws in America: Historical Statutes and Their Modern Implications (Palgrave Pivot, 2014) is co-authored with two of my best friends: Chapman Rackaway of the Univesity of West Georgia and Kevin Anderson of Eastern Illinois University. In the book, we find that proof-of-citizenship laws, championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, do in fact lower voter turnout, particularly in poorer
I write regularly for the Insight Kansas group, publishing my monthly columns in the Wichita Eagle and other newspapers around the state and appearing several times per year on KTWU's I've Got Issues to analyze Kansas politics.
I have leadership training from both the Kansas Leadership Center and the Gamaliel Foundation. I have also worked on several
I am married and have two stepsons.
My office phone number is 620-341-5566 and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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