Candis Watts Smith

Candis Watts Smith

Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Live Oak Event Center/Garden Room, UCF Ferrell Commons (Click here for Directions)


The criminal legal system, gun regulations and rights, immigration and welfare are just some of the policies that impact the everyday lives of U.S. citizens. Many of these policies are shaped and informed based on political ideologies, but they also develop based on their perceived benefits to specific groups. Dr. Smith shares how certain groups are considered more deserving than others, and how these perceptions influence public attitudes toward policies.


Candis Watts Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University. She is on a mission to understand why some citizens are able to carry larger bundles of rights and privilege than others.