Professor; Vice Provost for Faculty & Program Development
Office: CGS 401
Phone: 813/ 974-3151
Dr. M. Dwayne Smith is Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty and Program Development at the University of South Florida. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Before coming to USF in Fall 2000 as Chair of the Department of Criminology, Dr. Smith was a faculty member and chair at Tulane University (Department of Sociology, 1980-1994) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, 1994-2000; Department of Criminal Justice, 1998-2000). He was named Vice Provost at USF in July 2005. Specializing in the study of criminology and deviant behavior, Dr. Smith has published numerous articles and book chapters on crime and criminal justice topics. His research concentrates on analyses of jury decisions in death penalty cases in North Carolina, the dynamics of homicide offending and victimization among specific populations within the United States, and developing social-structural profiles of cities that demonstrate either high or low rates of violent crime. He is the founding editor of Homicide Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal and has co-edited (with Margaret A. Zahn) two books, Homicide: A Sourcebook of Social Research and Studying and Preventing Homicide: Issues and Challenges.
Violent Crime, Homicide, Capital Punishment