Troy Smith


Office: Social Sciences Building 155

Phone: (808) 675-3384


Dr. Smith's primary fields of interest are federal systems of government, complexity and public policy, and American government. He is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Federalism, and editor of the online encyclopedia Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia. At BYUH, he led the development of a General Education course on critical thinking using a flipped model.

Selected Publications:

  • “A Compound Republic – If You Can Keep It: Martha Derthick’s Empiricism and the Value of Federalism. (forthcoming). Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

  • “Federalism in the 2000 Presidential Election.”  2001.  Publius:  The Journal of Federalism 31 (3): 71-95.  Reprinted in Federalism and American Elections, Publius:  The Journal of Federalism Virtual Issue. June 2016.

  • “Intergovernmental Relations in the United States,” Dialogues on Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Countries, ed. by Cheryl Saunders, JoHanne Poirier and John Kincaid (Oxford University Press, 2015).

  • “States’ Rights,” in American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia, (ABC-CLIO, 2015).

  • “Alexander Hamilton,” Book Review of The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, by Michael P. Federici, Review of Politics, Fall 2013, pp. 697-699.

  •  Book Review of Federalism by John Kincaid for Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2011; doi: 10.1093/publius/pjr045

  • “Federalism: An Annotated Bibliography.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science. Ed. Richard Valelly. New York: Oxford University Press, 29 Nov. 2011.

  • “Intergovernmental Lobbying: How Opportunistic Actors Create a Less Structured and Balanced Federal System,” Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century, ed. by Paul Posner and Timothy Conlan, (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2008).

  • “Responses to Rubin and Feeley,” by Troy E. Smith and J. Cherie Strachan, Publius: The Journal of Federalism (Spring 2008).

  • “Divided Publius: Democracy, Federalism and the Cultivation of Public Sentiment,” Review of Politics (Fall 2007), 568-598.

  • Encyclopedia of American Federalism, 2-volume set, edited by Joseph R. Marbach, Ellis Katz and Troy E. Smith (Greenwood Press: 2005).

  • “Federalism in the 2000 Election: Competing Visions of America’s Future,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism (Summer 2001): 71-95.

  • “Presidential Power vs. Congressional Time: Legislative History in the First Civil War Congress,” Congress & the Presidency (Fall 2000): 149-162.

  • “Federalism,” in Fulfilling the Founding: A Reader in American Heritage, ed. by Gary Daynes (Needham Heights, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing, 1999): 325-354.