Laura Ellyn Smith is a presidential historian. She graduated with a Ph.D. in History from the University of Mississippi. She gained a Distinction in her MA in U.S. History and Politics at University College London, where she was awarded the Americas Excellence Award. She graduated with First Class Honors for her BA in American Studies with a Year Abroad from the University of Leicester.
Her research analyzes precedent in the expansive use of presidential power during crises in modern times. She has published original research into 19th, 20th and 21st century presidencies. She also enjoys commenting on current affairs and writing op-eds for outlets such as The Washington Post.