law and legal institutions; US politics, international law, comparative law
My research is grounded in the contestation over rights in the US and in global, international, and comparative frameworks using a variety of methodologies. The unifying theme of my research is how law and legal institutions fulfill or inhibit rights.
2021 Gerrymandering the States: Partisanship, Race, and the Transformation of American Federalism (with Anthony J. McGann, Michael Latner, and Alex J. Keena) (Cambridge University Press)
2021 Elite-Led Mobilization and Gay Rights: Dispelling the Myth of Mass Opinion Backlash (with Benjamin G. Bishin, Thomas J. Hayes, and Matthew B. Incantalupo) (University of Michigan Press) https://www.press.umich.edu/11927173/elite_led_mobilization_and_gay_rights
2022 Sex Trafficking and Human Rights: The Status of Women and State Responses (with Heather Smith-Cannoy and Patricia Rodda) (Georgetown University Press)
2016 Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, The Supreme Court, and The Future of Popular Sovereignty. Cambridge University Press (with Anthony J. McGann, Michael Latner, and Alex Keena) http://www.amazon.com/dp/110714325X
2015 Understanding the Political World, A Comparative Introduction to Political Science 12th Edition , Pearson , (with James N. Danziger)
2012/2014 The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials From Charles I to Bush II
Cambridge University Press, paperback released 2014
2013 Globalizing Human Rights:Emerging Issues and Approaches (Routledge)
ARTICLES and CHAPTERS
2022 "Immigration and public opinion: Will backlash impede immigrants' policy progress?" Social Science Quarterly 102(6):3036-3049. ( with Benjamin G. Bishin, Thomas J. Hayes, and Matthew B. Incantalupo).
2020 “Elite Mobilization Theory: A Theory Explaining Opposition to Gay Rights” (with Benjamin G. Bishin, Thomas J. Hayes, and Matthew B. Incantalupo) Law & Society Review 54(1): 233-264
2019 “Common Forms of Gerrymandering in the US” (with Alex J. Keena, Michael Latner, and Anthony McGann) DECYZJE/DECISIONS No. 32:41-62(2019).
2019 “Stateless Refugees and Victims of Human Trafficking in the European Union” (with Patricia C. Rodda) in Emerging Threats to Human Rights: Resources, Violence, and Deprivation of Citizenship. Heather Smith-Cannoy, ed. (Temple University Press).
2019 "Gill v. Whitford on Partisan Gerrymandering" with Alex Keena, Michael Latner, and Anthony J. McGann in SCOTUS 2018, Major Decision and Developments of the US Supreme Court eds. David Klein and Morgan Marietta (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan) pp.25-38.
2017. “The ‘B’ Isn’t Silent: Bisexual Communities and Political Activism” with Shawn Schulenberg and Eric Baldwin in LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader ed. Marla Brettschneider et al. (New York: New York University Press).
2015 "Opinion Backlash and Public Attitudes: Are Political Advances in Gay Rights Counterproductive?" with Benjamin G. Bishin, Thomas J. Hayes, Matthew B. Incantalupo, American Journal of Political Science dpi/10.1111/ajps.12181
(winner of the 2015 APSA Law & Courts Section Best Conference Paper Award
and the 2014 Bailey Award presented by the APSA LGBT Caucus)
2015 “INGOs and the UN Trafficking Protocol” (with Cynthia Florentino) in Sexual Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives eds. Alissa Ackerman and Rich Furman, Columbia University Press
2015 “Towards Justice: Neuroscience and Affirmative Defenses at The ICC” (with Adam Shniderman) Studies in Law, Politics, and Society vol. 66 (87-113)
2014 “The Cites That Counted: A Decade of Bush v. Gore Jurisprudence” in Election Reform in the United States after Bush v. Gore eds. Michael Alvarez and Bernard Grofman (Cambridge University Press)
2013 When Do Legislators Defy Popular Sovereignty? Testing Minority Representation using DOMA (with Benjamin G. Bishin) Political Research Quarterly 66(4):794-803.
2013 "Drift, Draft, or Drag: How U.S. Supreme Court Justices React to New Members" (with Oleg Smirnov) Justice System Journal Vol 34:2 pp. 228-245
2013 The International Criminal Court: Globalizing Peace or Justice? (with Antonio Gonzalez)in The Politics of the Globalization of Law ed. Alison Brysk (Routledge)
2012 “Human Trafficking and International Cheap Talk: the Dutch Government and the Island Territories” (with Heather Smith-Cannoy) in Journal of Human Rights Vol. 11:1 pp. 51-65
2012 "Best Practices in Domestic Human Trafficking Policy" (with Tyler H. Hunt) in Law Enforcement Executive Forum vol. 12(1) pp. 22-35
2011 “Peacekeepers and Human Trafficking: the New Security Dilemma” in From Human Trafficking to Human Rights, Reframing Contemporary Slavery eds. Alison Brysk and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (University of Pennsylvania Press). ch. 7, pp. 121-136.
2011 “Gay, Straight, or Questioning? Sexuality and Political Science” PS:Political Science & Politics. Vol. 44:01, pp. 35-38.
2011 Human Trafficking in Conflict Zones: The Role of Peacekeepers in the Formation of Networks (with Brandon Miller de la Cuesta) in Human Rights Review Vol. 12:3 pp. 287-299.
2011 Ego-Panopticism: The Evolution of Individual Power (with Thomas Bellier and John Altick) in New Political Science Vol. 33:1 pp. 45-58
2011 "Human Trafficking:The Unintended Effects of UN Intervention" in the International Political Science Review (with Heather Smith) Vol. 32:2 pp. 139-160.
2010 "Court Reform in Transitional States: Chile and the Philippines"in Journal of International Relations and Development (with Mark J. Farrales)13:2 pp.163-193
2009 "Embedded Realpolitick? Reevaluating United States' Opposition to the International Criminal Court" (with Heather M. Smith) in Governance, Order, and the International Criminal Court, Steven Roach, ed. Oxford University Press pp. 29-53
2008 “Credible Commitments and The Early American Supreme Court” Law & Society Review Vol. 42:1 pp. 75-110
2007 “Judicialization: The Key to European Unification and Expansion” in The State of the European Union, ed. Yannis Stivachtis, Ashgate Publishers. p. 127-139.
2007 “The Suits That Counted: The Judicialization of Presidential Elections After Bush v. Gore” (with Christopher Shortell) Election Law Journal Aug vol 6:3 pp 251-265.
2007 “The Electoral Capture Of Gay And Lesbian Americans: Evidence and Implications from The 2004 Election” in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society
vol 40 pp 103-121.
2006 “The Electoral Dis-Connection: Institutional Barriers to US Support for the ICC” (with Heather M. Smith) in Eyes on the ICC, Vol. 3: I pp. 1-31.
2005 “The Institutional Stability Of The Judiciary And The External Shock Of Terrorism” (with Christopher Shortell) in Judicature, volume 88 No. 4 Jan-Feb
2003 "Secession Crises, Human Welfare, And Conflict Resolution" (with Ned Basic and David Goetze) in Conflict, Security, & Development 3:2 August
2000 "Reports of Ethnic Violence as Spurs to Conflict Mobilization"
in Research Papers of the Human Rights Conflict Prevention Center
University of Bihac, Bosnia (with David Goetze) .
1999 "The Primacy of Politics: Justice, Power and War Crimes Trials"
in The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution Issue 2.3, http://www.trinstitute.org/ojpcr/2_3smith.htm
National Science Foundation SES-1423578, When Do States Domesticate International Law (with Mark Berlin)($21,630)
APSA, MPSA, LSA, ISA, IPSA
University of Florida 1987
Editor in Chief
Political Research Quarterly 2022—2026