Mitchell P. Smith serves as Interim Dean for the College of International Studies and is Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies. His work focuses on comparative and international political economy, with a particular emphasis on European integration. Dr. Smith is also the Director of OU's European Union Center. After receiving his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Smith spent two years as an economic analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He earned his M.P.A. Degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he studied international political economy, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University's Department of Politics. Smith has been a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Affairs and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium. He also has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Smith's work has appeared in West European Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Politics & Society, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, German Politics, and other journals. He is author of States of Liberalization (SUNY Press, 2005), which examines the impact of the European Union's single market on the role of the public sector in West European countries, and Environmental and Health Regulation in the United States and the European Union: Protecting Public and Planet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), a comparative study of environmental regulation in the U.S. and EU. Smith also is editor of Europe and National Economic Transformation: The EU After the Lisbon Decade (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and co-editor of Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity (Routledge, 1999).