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Dr. Craig A. Smith


  • B.A.: University of Arizona
  • M.A.: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Ph.D.: University of Missouri-Kansas City


Dr. Smith is the author of "Failing Justice: Charles Evans Whittaker on the Supreme Court" (McFarland, 2005). He also contributed chapters to books on Supreme Court justices and their law clerks and public reactions to Supreme Court school prayer decisions. His research on Justice Tom Clark led to articles for the Journal of Supreme Court History on Clark's selection of law clerks and congressional investigations of Clark's service as attorney general. He is currently working on a new biography of Justice Clark.


  • The Craft of History
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Politics
  • History of Religious Persecution
  • History of Law
  • Great Depression and WWII
  • America at War 

Research Interests

  • The work of the Supreme Court and its justices
  • How legal decisions impact people's lives

Student Research Projects

  • Current project involves primary-source documents found in special collections of Manderino Library at Cal U.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of History and Political Science

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Political Science
  • B.A. History

Contact Information



Manderino Library 440-B


"As a relatively new faculty member, the best part of my job is encountering the enthusiasm and maturity of the students at California University."

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