Troy E. Smith is Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University at Hawaii. His expertise is federalism, intergovernmental relations, and intergovernmental lobbying. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University at Albany, SUNY, and his M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.
Smith’s interest in federalism grew while interning in the U.S. Senate and observing relations between the state’s governor and U.S. senators. His paper on intergovernmental lobbying was awarded the “Best Paper Presented at the 1998 APSA Meeting from the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section.” His work has appeared in the journals Publius: The Journal of Federalism, The Review of Politics, Congress & the Presidency, and Thinking Skills and Creativity, and in the edited volumes Dialogues on Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Countries (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Intergovernmental Management in the 21st Century (Brookings Institution Press, 2008), and in various encyclopedia’s. He authored the Annotated Bibliography on Federalism for Oxford University Press’s Oxford Bibliographies Online (2011) is also a co-author of Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia.
Smith joined the Center for the Study of Federalism’s Board of Trustees in 2016. He has coordinated the Center for the Study of Federalism’s annual panel at the American Political Science Annual Meeting in recent years.
Smith’s interests also include governance and critical thinking. At BYUH, he chaired the design and development committees that created a general education course on critical thinking using a blended, hybrid format to positive effect; he also developed a curriculum on governance. His teaching and influence on students has been recognized with multiple awards.