Mitchell P. Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies. His work focuses on comparative and international political economy, with a particular emphasis on European integration. Dr. Smith is also Co-Director of OU's European Union Center.
After receiving his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Smith spent two years as an economic analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He earned his M.P.A. Degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he studied international political economy, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University's Department of Politics. Smith has taught at Swarthmore College and Middlebury College. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Affairs and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium. He also has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Smith's work has appeared in West European Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Politics & Society, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, German Politics, British Journal of Politics and International Relations and other journals. He is the co-editor of Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity (Routledge, 1999), and author of States of Liberalization (SUNY Press, 2005), which examines the impact of the European Union's single market on the role of the public sector in West European countries. His current book project, Protecting Public and Planet, is a comparative study of environmental and health regulation in the European Union and the U.S.