Expert: Herbert Smith


McDaniel College Faculty Expert: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith

Professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations

Email: hsmith@mcdaniel.edu
Phone: 410-857-2413

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Topics he can discuss include:

  • Politics
  • State Government, Maryland

About Herbert Smith

Professor of Political Science Herbert C. Smith is a noted political analyst and expert on Maryland politics. He teaches Contemporary Politics in an impartial and balanced fashion, serving as faculty advisor to the McDaniel College Democrats. In courses like "Campaigns and Elections," students get first-hand experience by fulfilling Smith's assignment to volunteer in a campaign of their choice and design and conduct original survey research.

Smith is co-author of "Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance," published in 2012, which sets the standard for understanding Maryland politics. He is Director of Government Relations at McDaniel and Director of the Survey Research Center.

He has written close to 100 articles of political analysis and commentary published by The Baltimore Sun and other news outlets, and is frequently quoted in news stories. He also appears as a political commentator on Maryland Public Television, WBAL-TV, and WMAR-TV, and is a regular contributor to "Midday" hosted by Dan Rodricks on WYPR-FM.

His campaign experience began in 1971 with Baltimore's Mayor William Donald Schaefer, and since then, he has campaigned for other Maryland political candidates. In 1985, Governor Harry Hughes appointed Smith to the Baltimore City Board of Elections. He was also appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to the Maryland Sports Fisheries Advisory Commission in 2009.

Smith received a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College and master's and doctorate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

In the News

Roughly Speaking podcast
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, discusses President Trump's struggles during his first 100 days in office, including having the all-time lowest approval rating of any president in his first year, according to a Gallup poll, in The Baltimore Sun's podcast. (March 30, 2017)

Seven Maryland professors grade the Obama presidency
The Baltimore Sun spoke with Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House. (Jan. 18, 2017)

Roughly Speaking podcast
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, talks about how polling has become more inaccurate and the result of the 2016 presidential election in The Baltimore Sun's podcast. (Nov. 9, 2016)

Roughly Speaking podcast
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, speaks about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in The Baltimore Sun's podcast. (Aug. 5, 2016)

Election snafus leave voters wondering if their votes were counted
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, discusses the "era of distrust" of government and the investigation of the Board of Elections of Baltimore City with The Baltimore Sun. (May 14, 2016)

This Candidate Is Self-Funding More Than Anyone Ever For A Seat In Congress
NPR quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, on David Trone benefiting from the popularity of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president in the Maryland 8th Congressional District race. (Apr. 23, 2016)

Sheila Dixon offered food at pick up locations for rides to Baltimore early polling sites
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, talks about the competitive match up between Baltimore mayoral candidates Sheila Dixon and Catherine E. Pugh in The Baltimore Sun. (Apr. 20, 2016)

Roughly Speaking podcast: Politics
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, speaks about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and "his campaign based on fear" in The Baltimore Sun's podcast. (Feb. 26, 2016)

Direct Connection: Feb. 22, 2016 
MPT "Direct Connection" interviews Herbert Smith, professor of Political and Director of Government Relations, on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the presidential race and Maryland politics. (Feb. 22, 2016)

O'Malley felt the Bern more than anyone
Herbert Smith, professor of Political and Director of Government Relations, spoke with Dan Rodricks, a columnist at The Baltimore Sun, about how former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley never connected with voters on a national level. (Feb. 3, 2016)

Redistricting debate continues in Annapolis, Washington
WBAL-TV (NBC, Baltimore) quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political and Director of Government Relations, about redistricting for legislative and congressional elections in Maryland. (Feb. 2, 2016)

Power brokers infuse money into Baltimore mayoral campaigns
Herbert Smith, professor of Political and Director of Government Relations, quoted in The Baltimore Sun about donors funding candidates for Baltimore City mayor. (Jan. 22, 2016)

O'Malley is resilient, oblivious or just not lucky
Herbert Smith, professor of Political and Director of Government Relations, tells Dan Rodricks, a columnist at The Baltimore Sun, that [former Maryland Governor) "O'Malley has just been unlucky." (Jan. 9, 2016) 

Where's the Republican candidate for mayor?
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, shares why there is not a Republican candidate for Baltimore City mayor in The Baltimore Sun. (Aug. 16, 2015)

He’s still ‘Just Larry’ in Md., but now he’s wearing his journey on his sleeve
The Washington Post quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Maryland Governor "Hogan’s 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' attitude." (June 28, 2015) 

Lt. Gov. Rutherford fills in for Hogan as new reality dawns in Annapolis
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, discusses Maryland Governor Hogan's cancer announcement and "called the current governing situation 'terra incognita, unknown territory'" in The Washington Post. (June 23, 2015)

Gov. Hogan has a grand opportunity to help Baltimore 
The Baltimore Sun quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, on how Maryland Governor Hogan could help Baltimore following the riots. (May 10, 2015)

Bouchat files redistricting lawsuit against state
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, speaks to the Carroll County Times about a lawsuit over redistricting. (April 29, 2015)

Political polarization discussed at McDaniel
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, speaks to the Carroll County Times about Senator Ben Cardin’s visit to McDaniel College. (April 2, 2015)  

Political Notes: State panel finds Hough’s birthday letters were contrary to ethics opinions
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, presenting at a meeting of the North County Democrats and Friends was mentioned in the Frederick News-Post. (Feb. 27, 2015)

Md. College Students Stuck in Boston Due to Snow
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, was interviewed by WJZ-TV (CBS, Baltimore) about McDaniel College students participating in the Harvard National Model United Nations simulation. (Feb. 17, 2015)

O'Malley vs. Ehrlich for president, and other predictions for 2015
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, asks if former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley could beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election in The Baltimore Sun. (Dec. 26, 2014)

County executive candidates take to TV
Frederick News-Post quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about attack ads and the benefit of TV ads in county races. (Oct. 7, 2014)

State Circle
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, speaks with Jeff Salkin on Maryland Public Television’s “State Circle” about poll numbers in the race for governor of Maryland. (April 25, 2014)

Maryland gubernatorial candidates to visit Carroll Wednesday night
Carroll County Times quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan speaking at McDaniel College. (April 21, 2014)

Hogan joining GOP race for governor
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, is quoted in The Baltimore Sun about Larry Hogan running as a Republican gubernatorial candidate. (Jan. 20, 2014)

Despite competition from Maryland, Christie’s Bridgegate takes the pettiness prize
The Baltimore Sun quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about New Jersey Governor Christie’s George Washington bridge scandal. (Jan. 11, 2014)

Conventional Wisdom May Not Be So Wise In Governor’s Race
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, was interviewed on WYPR-FM about the Maryland governor race. (Jan. 3, 2014)

Go ahead and secede, Western Md. Here’s your tab.
The Baltimore Sun quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the proposed secession of Western Maryland. (Sept. 15, 2013)

O’Malley kicks off ‘Better Choices’ tour
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, was quoted about Maryland Governor O’Malley kicking off a series of public appearances. (Aug. 28, 2013)

Openings provide opportunities for Maryland political candidates in 2014
WMAR-TV (ABC, Baltimore) quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the 2014 state election in Maryland. (July 24, 2013)

Wide-Open Governor’s Race Provides Opportunities for Candidates on All Levels
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, was quoted about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown selecting Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as his running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election in the Baltimore Jewish Times. (June 6, 2013)

Brown plans run for Maryland governor
The Washington Post quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announcing a run in the Democratic primary for Maryland governor. (May 9, 2013)

Getty and Kasemeyer discuss state politics with students at McDaniel
Carroll Eagle mentions that Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, is frequently sought-out by media outlets for his insights into Maryland politics. (May 3, 2013)

Get ready for the big squeeze
Baltimore Business Journal quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Maryland’s top political donors. (April 19, 2013)

Ruppersberger considering run for governor
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, comments on Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger potentially running for governor in The Baltimore Sun. Article also mentions his “Smith Rule” in which D.C. metro voters will vote for a Baltimore metro candidate in a statewide race, but not the reverse. (April 11, 2013)

Midday Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session. (April 9, 2013)

Obama’s Second Term
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about President Obama’s inauguration speech. (Jan. 22, 2013)

Officials: Snow won’t stop voting in Garrett Co.
Associated Press quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about whether a blizzard in Garrett County, Md., will affect voting on Election Day. (Nov. 2, 2012)

McDaniel holds mock debate to spur dialogue
A mock presidential debate held at McDaniel College and organized by Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, was covered by the Carroll County Times. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Midday Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Romney, Obama and foreign policy. (Sept. 25, 2012)

Midday News Review
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the financial crisis and its political ramifications in Maryland. (Aug. 12, 2012)

Midday Politics 
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about county politics. (July 23, 2012)

State Circle
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, speaks with Jeff Salkin on Maryland Public Television’s “State Circle” about a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to look at gambling in Maryland. (June 29, 2012)

For legislators, road to higher office can be bumpy
The Gazette quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the primary election results. (April 6, 2012)

State's Democrats fall in behind outsider Delaney
The Baltimore Sun quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about John Delaney winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District.  (April 5, 2012)

Midday Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Maryland’s primary election results. (April 4, 2012)

All eyes on Tuesday: Congressional primaries generate plenty of hype
Frederick News-Post quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the primary election in Frederick County. (April 1, 2012)

Political Analyst Herb Smith Sunday Q+A Guest
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, took part in a “Weekend Q+A” on WBAL-TV (NBC, Baltimore). (April 1, 2012)

Local Races Also Expected to Help Primary Turnout
WBAL-TV (NBC, Baltimore) quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the Maryland primary election. (March 28, 2012)

Maryland Plays New Role in GOP Nomination Fight
WBAL-TV (NBC, Baltimore) interviews Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about Maryland’s role in the race for a Republican presidential nominee. (March 7, 2012)

Midday Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about his book, “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance.” (March 6, 2012)

Maryland’s business PACs raise millions to boost political clout
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, was quoted in the Baltimore Business Journal. (Feb. 10, 2012)

Midday Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about the latest political news. (Feb. 7, 2012)

2.5 minutes with Herb Smith
The Baltimore Business Journal interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, about his new role as Director of Government Relations at McDaniel College. (Feb. 3, 2012)

Maryland Polarized Politically, But Still Dominated by Democrats, New Book Says
The book, “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance,” written by Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science and Director of Government Relations, is highlighted by the MarylandReporter.com blog. (Jan. 6, 2012)

Mayor’s goal: Bring 10,000 new families to city in a decade
The Baltimore Sun quotes Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science, about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal to bring 10,000 new families to Baltimore City. (Dec. 6, 2011)

Midday Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science, about the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session. (Dec. 13, 2011)

Midday on Politics
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science, about the 2012 election. (Nov. 8, 2011)

Council Write-In Candidates Face Long Odds in November
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science, was interviewed by WYPR-FM about the Baltimore City Council general election. (Oct. 14, 2011)

Primary Voter Turnout on Pace to be Lower Than 2007
Herbert Smith, professor of Political Science, discusses voter turnout in Baltimore for the Mayoral Democratic primary with North Baltimore Patch. (Sept. 13, 2011)

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