Michael Smith

Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Texas, El Paso

Areas of Expertise

  • Crime, law and public policy
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Racial profiling
  • Traffic stops

Key Findings


Michael Smith, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas, San Antonio, is an expert in law, public policy, policing, courts, law enforcement agencies, racial profiling and traffic stops.

Smith is the Director of the Center for Law and Human Behavior at the University of Texas, El Paso. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Vice Provost at Georgia Southern University. He is criminologist, former municipal and county police officer and served as a principal investigator on many research grants and contracts over his 20-year career as a police scholar and criminal justice researcher. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, he led the one of the most comprehensive investigations on the use of force by police and injuries to officers and citizens. He has consulted with numerous state highway patrol agencies and served as a statistical consultant to the Special Litigation Section of the United States Department of Justice.

He has been published in numerous academic journals, including Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.

Smith received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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