Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
223 Education Building
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3080, Moscow, ID 83844-3080.
Brian Smentkowski is Associate Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Idaho. He has previously held tenured and research professor positions in political science at Queens University of Charlotte, Appalachian State University, and Southeast Missouri State University, while also holding academic leadership positions at each institution. Brian’s teaching and research interests include American Political Institutions, Political Behavior, Public Law, and Election Law. He is the author of more than 130 publications and presentations and presently serves as Editor of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development.
Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Kentucky, 1994
MA: Political Science, University of Kentucky, 1990
BA: Political Science, Marshall University, 1988
His current research, with Kirby Goidel (Texas A & M) and Craig Freeman (Oklahoma State), focuses on voter suppression and disenfranchisement, a fun version of which can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.
- “Perceptions of Threat to Religious Liberty”, with Kirby Goidel and Craig Freeman. PS: Political Science and Politics. July, 2016 (49.3)
- Misreading the Bill of Rights: Top Ten Myths Concerning your Rights and Liberties. 2015, with Kirby Goidel and Craig Freeman. Praeger/ABC-CLIO Publishing.
- “Promoting Course-Based Writing in the Discipline”. 2014. Ishiyama, Miller, and Simon, eds, Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations, Elgar Publishing.
- “Adding Pieces to the Chess Set: New Players for an Old Game”. 2012, with Will Miller and Jeremy Walling. Tea Party Effects on the 2010 Senate Elections: Stuck in the Middle to Lose. Lexington Books.