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Tobias Smith

Wilson China Fellow

Professional affiliation

Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Wilson Center Projects

“Taking Authoritarian Justice Seriously: Hostage Diplomacy and Legal Reforms in 21st Century China.”

Full Biography

Tobias Smith’s research focuses on the causes of variation in criminal punishment, particularly in China and the United States. His most recent project is a study of death penalty reform in China. His work has been published in journals such as Law & Social Inquiry, Punishment & Society and The British Journal of Criminology. He holds a Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California Berkeley, a J.D. from Berkeley Law School and a B.A. from Oberlin College.