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Tony Smith - UC Irvine. Irvine, CA, US

Tony Smith

Professor of Political Science | UC Irvine

Irvine, CA, UNITED STATES

Tony Smith's research is grounded in the contestation over rights in the US and in global frameworks using a variety of methodologies.

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Biography

Tony Smith's 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 his research is how law and legal institutions fulfill or inhibit rights.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Political Science

International Law

Legal Institutions

US Politics

Comparative Law

Education (2)

University of California, San Diego: PhD, Political Science 2004

University of Florida: JD, Law 1987

Affiliations (6)

  • APSA
  • MPSA
  • LSA
  • ISA
  • IPSA
  • WPSA

Media Appearances (5)

Trump could “shoot somebody in the head” and not lose support: political expert

KNX News  online

2024-05-30

Former President Donald Trump was found guilty Thursday of 34 felony counts in a New York trial centering around his hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. He’s the first former U.S. president to be convicted of a felony – but will it impact the November election? Probably not much, [UC Irvine professor of political science and law] political analyst Tony Smith told KNX News. “Trump could literally shoot somebody in the head in the middle of Fifth Avenue and his hardcore supporters, in a Jim Jones-like fashion, will say he deserved it,” Smith said. But he noted that Trump’s loyal supporters aren’t a majority of the country – and his conviction could lose him a handful of undecided voters in key swing districts.

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Trump could “shoot somebody in the head” and not lose support: political expert

KNX News  online

2024-05-30

Former President Donald Trump was found guilty Thursday of 34 felony counts in a New York trial centering around his hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. He’s the first former U.S. president to be convicted of a felony – but will it impact the November election? Probably not much, [UC Irvine professor of political science and law] political analyst Tony Smith told KNX News. “Trump could literally shoot somebody in the head in the middle of Fifth Avenue and his hardcore supporters, in a Jim Jones-like fashion, will say he deserved it,” Smith said. But he noted that Trump’s loyal supporters aren’t a majority of the country – and his conviction could lose him a handful of undecided voters in key swing districts.

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New poll shows former President Trump ahead of President Biden in key states

KNX News 97.1 FM  radio

2023-11-06

KNX's Chief Correspondent Charles Feldman talks to UC Irvine political science and law professor Tony Smith about a New York Times/Siena College poll that shows former President Trump leading President Biden in five swing states. “The mistake I think a lot of the polling organizations are making right now is that they are assuming the Republican party has not changed in size from the last election but if you look at things like voter registration and turnout in the midterm elections and other indicators, the Republican party is smaller under Trump than it was before. So, I think these polls are all overstating the Republican share of the vote a good bit,” says Smith.

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Trump indicted for third time

UCI School of Social Sciences  online

2023-08-01

Mr. Trump is facing four felony counts including conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. The indictment also alleges Trump knew the claims he advanced about the election were false yet he repeated them for months …. Joining us now is Tony Smith, professor of political science and law at UC Irvine. … “I think it’s actually going to take quite a while to pull everything together, particularly because there’s a number of co-conspirators – and we don’t know who those people are yet – and every single one of them will be entitled to go through the discovery process and find out everything that’s going on.”

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In California’s redrawn 47th district, the House race is a toss-up

PBS NewsHour  online

2022-11-05

University of California, Irvine [political science and law] professor Tony Smith says when it comes to Orange County voters, there’s more than meets the eye. … But ultimately says Tony Smith, it may all come down to who exactly shows up to cast their ballot. … “We see 18- to 30-year-olds turning out and almost 40% if you can extrapolate from early voting, and that's going to be a historic high for that age group. And they're voting on abortion. That's what they're voting on.”

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Research Grants (1)

When Do States Domesticate International Law

National Science Foundation $21,630

SES-1423578

Articles (5)

Immigration and public opinion: Will backlash impede immigrants’ policy progress?

Social Science Quarterly

2021 We investigate the question: How should immigrants pursue policy in a system that privileges majority rule? Scholars suggest that opinion backlash impedes policy gains by marginalized groups. That is, pushing too hard for policy leads to backlash, a sharp and sustained negative reaction among citizens that delays these groups’ ability to obtain their desired policy.

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Common Forms of Gerrymandering in the United States

Decyzje

2019 Gerrymandering is a form of voting manipulation whereby electoral district boundaries are drawn to produce a partisan or political bias in elections. In this paper, we study partisan gerrymandering in the United States to understand its undemocratic outcomes and how the design of election institutions can promote or prevent gerrymandering.

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Gill v. Whitford on Partisan Gerrymandering

SCOTUS 2018

2019 Challenges to gerrymandering by state legislatures raise questions of whether the Constitution mandates equal representation of all voters, or whether partisan sorting into geographic enclaves is a reality the Constitution does not prohibit, even when it results in unequal representation.

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The ‘B’Isn’t Silent: Bisexual Communities and Political Activism

LGBTQ politics: A critical reader

2017 In 2015, President Barack Obama became the first president to mention bisexuals in his state of the union speech. While President Bill Clinton mentioned “gays” in his 2000 speech, no president had ever before acknowledged the existence of bisexuals, lesbians, 1 or transgender people in this important forum.

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Judicial Institution Builders: NGOs and International Human Rights Courts

Globalizing Human Rights

2014 Current theories on international courts, civil society, and global governance overlook the burgeoning relationships between international courts and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). NGO participation at international courts takes many forms, including representing individual petitioners and acting as third parties as well as promoting and supporting the court through outreach, political advocacy, administrative support, and enforcement of judgments.

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