Michael R. Smith
Vice Provost and Director National Center for Border Security and Immigration
Dr. Michael R. Smith serves as the Vice Provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives and Director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, a Department of Homeland Security, Center of Excellence at the University of Texas at El Paso. Before his appointment at UTEP, he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and vice provost at Georgia Southern University. He also chaired the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Smith’s responsibilities at UTEP include the development of new academic programs and initiatives, public and private sector educational partnerships, community engagement, and the expansion of UTEP’s global mission. He has oversight of the University’s Office of Professional and Public Programs and its Military Student Success Center. In that arena, he works closely with Ft. Bliss in ensuring that UTEP provides outstanding educational opportunities to service members and their families. Dr. Smith is a former police officer and holds a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law (1993) and a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University (1996). He has served as a principal investigator on many grants and evaluation contracts over his 17 year career as a police and criminal justice researcher. He is a nationally-recognized expert on racial profiling and has written extensively on this and other critical issues at the intersection of law, public policy, and policing. His most recent publications have appeared in Criminology & Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, the American Journal of Public Health, and Review of Policy Research.