Joseph Smith

Dr. Joseph Smith

Department Chair


  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1999
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1988

Research Areas

  • American Politics


Office Hours

Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment

Research Interests

  • Judicial Politics
  • Administrative Law

Selected Publications

  • “The Strategy of Judging: Evidence from Administrative Law” (Journal of Legal Studies, 2002).
  • The U.S. Constitution in 5 Minutes. (co-edited with Davide Klein). Under contract with
    Equinox Press. Forthcoming 2023.
  • “Group Identification and Support for the supreme Court: Evidence from Evangelical
    Protestants.” (co-authored with Christopher Kromphardt and Anderson Starling). Journal for
    the Scientific Study of Religion. Vol. 58, No. 4 (Dec. 2019), pp. 854-873.
  • “Gender, ideology, and Dominance in Supreme Court Oral Arguments.” (co-authored with
    Dana J. Patton) Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. April 2020, pp. 1-23.
  • “Lawyer, Interrupted: Gender Bias in Oral Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court.” (co-authored
    with Dana J. Patton) Journal of Law and Courts, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 337-361.
  • “Getting Personal in Supreme Court Opinions.” Washington University Journal of Law and
    Policy, Vol. 54 (Fall 2017), pp. 195-207.
  • “Rules, Standards, and Lower Court Decisions.” (co-Authored with James A. Todd). The
    Journal of Law and Courts, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 2015), pp. 257-275
  • “Law, Fact, and the Threat of Reversal from Above.” 42 American Politics Research
    (2014): 226-256.


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