Alisa M. Smith is an Associate Professor and Chair of the
Department of Legal Studies in the College of Health and Public
Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Before arriving at
UCF on July 1, 2016, Dr. Smith earned the academic rank of Full
Professor at the University of Tampa (a private, medium-sized
private university in Florida) (2005-2016) and served as the
associate director of the Honors Program (2014-2016). Previously,
she was a professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey (a public,
liberal arts college) and Seton Hall University (a private,
Catholic university in New Jersey). Dr. Smith earned her doctorate
in criminology and criminal justice from The Florida State
University in 1998, and her juris doctorate from The Florida State
University, College of Law in 1988. In addition to teaching and
conducting research, Dr. Smith actively practiced criminal law for
more than 25 years.
Dr. Smith has published two books as well as peer-reviewed
publications, law review articles, professional reports and book
chapters. Her research interests include examining judicial
decisions that raise empirical questions and evaluating due process
and procedural justice in the misdemeanor courts. Previously,
Dr. Smith's research focused on violence against women and the
effectiveness of domestic violence policies and laws, including
mandatory reporting and prosecution. Her most recent published
report, Rush to Judgment: How South Carolina's Summary Courts Fail
to Protect Constitutional Rights, with Dr. Sean Maddan and Colette
Tvedt and Diane Price with the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, highlights the lack of due process plaguing the
magistrate and municipal courts in South Carolina.
J.D., Florida State University
Ph.D., Florida State University
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