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Northwest Missouri State University

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith



67 Valk


660.562.1241 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1999

Assistant Professor


  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • B.A., College of William & Mary; with high honors

Courses Taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Liberties
  • Law & Politics
  • Courts & Rights of the Accused
  • Introduction to American Government & Politics
  • (University Seminar - PoliSci/Pre-Law & Deciding)

Academic Interest

  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Liberties and Rights (First Amendment and Privacy)
  • Judicial Politics
  • Scholarship of Political Science Education

Scholarly Activity

  • "The Missouri Senate Race (Blunt v. Carnahan): Still a National Bellwether State," in Foreman, Sean and Dewhirst, Robert, The Roads to Congress 2010 (publication forthcoming 2011).
  • "The Missouri District 6 Race (Barns versus Graves)," in Watson, Robert and Dewhirst, Robert,  The Roads to Congress 2008 (2009).
  • "The Missouri Senate Race: Two Competitive Candidates in a Swing State," in Ahuja, Sunil and Dewhirst, Robert.  The Roads to Congress 2006 (2007).
  • "The Tent and the Temple: The Tension Between Confederation and Kingship in Ancient Israel," History of Political Thought, Vol. 24, no.4, pp.561-576 (2003).
  • "Mini-Moot Court: Use of the Abbreviated Simulation in Teaching Constitutional Law."  Presented at the 2010 American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2/4/2010 - 2/7/2010.
  • "The Constitution Game:  A Template for Interactive Classroom or Extra-Curricular Learning."  Presented at the 2009 American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2/6/2009-2/9/2009.

Student Group Advisement

  • Pre-Law Advisor
  • Coach of Mock Trial Team
  • Faculty advisor for Pre-Law Society, Young Democrats, Students for Political Awareness and Northwest Hillel

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar
  • Member, American Political Science Association (Law & Courts and Political Science Education sections)
  • Program Director, Northwest Constitution Day Program (2005-2011)


  • Blues and folk musician (keyboards, vocals, harmonica)
  • have collected several hundred 4-leaf clovers