Tobias Smith, Ohlone College

Tobias Smith

Ohlone College

Graduate Student Paper Competition

2019 Recipient

Tobias Smith won LSI’s 2019 Graduate Student Paper Competition for “Body Count Politics: Quantification, Secrecy and Capital Punishment in China,” in which he explores the tension between China’s national imperative for the nondisclosure of death penalty data with its domestic valorization of quantification. Smith is an Assistant Professor at Ohlone College. His current 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, including 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.