Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Ph.D., J.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Danielle Wingfield-Smith is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to joining the Gonzaga Law faculty, she held an appointment at the University of Virginia (UVA) as a Postdoctoral...

Danielle Wingfield-Smith

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of Virginia 

J.D., University of Richmond School of Law

B.A., The College of William & Mary

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Family Law

Constitutional Law

Race and the Law

Education Law and Policy


Danielle Wingfield-Smith is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to joining the Gonzaga Law faculty, she held an appointment at the University of Virginia (UVA) as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar. While there, Professor Wingfield-Smith served as an Associate with both the Center for Race and Public Education in the South at the Curry School of Education and the Center for the Study of Race and Law at the UVA School of Law. She is the Associate Director of a national oral history project, Teachers in the Movement.

Professor Wingfield-Smith’s primary areas of scholarship are legal history (education, civil rights, leadership, social movements), race and the law, constitutional law, education law and policy, and family law. Her first project, titled Navigating the ‘Virginia Way’: Henry L. Marsh, III, Civil Rights, and Movement Leadership, examines civil rights history through the perspective of attorney Henry Marsh, III, who later became the first Black mayor of Richmond. The study is a historical and legal analysis of Henry Marsh's work to desegregate Virginia’s public schools. Professor Wingfield-Smith is the Co-Editor of The Memoirs of Hon. Henry L. Marsh, III: Civil Rights Champion, Public Servant, Lawyer. Her scholarship appears in the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review of Note, and the Journal of African American History.

Licensed in Virginia, Professor Wingfield-Smith practiced family and education law. Qualified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Guardian Ad Litem for children, she represented the best interests of children in court proceedings. She serves as “Of Counsel” for the Child Advocate Law Firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, one of the birth places of the monumental Brown v. Board of Education case, Professor Wingfield-Smith is passionate about justice lawyering and Gonzaga Law’s mission of putting passion into practice.

Edited Volumes, Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Henry L. Marsh, Education, and Civil Rights, in TEACHING TO TRANSGRESS: THE ACTIVISM OF BLACK EDUCATORS FROM RECONSTRUCTION THROUGH THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Derrick P. Alridge, Jon N. Hale, and Tondra Loder-Jackson eds., University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming 2020).

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, The Right to Education in the Midst of a Pandemic, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW OF NOTE, forthcoming October 2020.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Pardon Me Please: Cyntoia Brown and the Justice System’s Contempt for the Rights of Black People, 35 HARVARD BLACKLETTER LAW JOURNAL 2019.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Book Review, 4 THE JOURNAL OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 104 (2019) (reviewing MELISSA MILEWSKI, LITIGATING ACROSS THE COLOR LINE: CIVIL CASES BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE SOUTHERNERS FROM THE END OF SLAVERY TO CIVIL RIGHTS (2018)).

Jonathan Stubbs and Danielle Wingfield-Smith, eds., THE MEMOIRS OF HENRY L. MARSH, III: CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPION, PUBLIC SERVANT, LAWYER (GrantHouse Publications, 2018).

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Book Review, 4 THE JOURNAL OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 100 (2015) (reviewing BOBBY L. LOVETT, A TOUCH OF GREATNESS: A HISTORY OF TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY (2012)).

 

Manuscripts in Preparation and Submission

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Henry L. Marsh, Civil Rights, and Jurisprudence in Virginia. Book Proposals to be submitted to University of North Carolina Press and University of Virginia Press.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Litigating Educational Justice: Lessons from Henry Marsh, Massive Resistance, and Virginia’s Civil Rights Movement. To be submitted to Law Review Journals, Spring 2021.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Advocates and Allies: How Social Justice is Advanced When Lawyers Know History. To be submitted to Law Review Journals, August 2021.

Derrick Alridge, Danielle Wingfield-Smith, and Chenyu Wang, Educators, Activists, and the Oral Tradition: New Directions in Oral History Research. Book Proposal in submission to Myers Education Press.

Derrick Alridge, Danielle Wingfield-Smith, and Alexander Hyres, Black Teacher Activism in the Movement: A Review of Historical Literature. Submitted to the AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, August 2020.

Alexander Hyres, Danielle Wingfield-Smith, and Derrick Alridge, Deconstructing and Remembering J.LM. Curry: The Politics of Memorialization in an American College Town. To be submitted to Teachers College Record.

 

SELECTED PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, “Navigating the ‘Virginia Way’: Henry Marsh, III, Civil Rights and Movement Leadership, 1960-1970,” Virginia Forum Annual Meeting. March 2021.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, “Litigating Educational Justice: Lessons from Henry Marsh, Massive Resistance, and Virginia’s Civil Rights Movement,” Rocky Mountain Junior Scholars Conference hosted by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. November 2020.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, “Litigating Educational Justice: Lessons from Henry Marsh, Massive Resistance, and Virginia’s Civil Rights Movement,” Gonzaga School of Law Faculty Speaker Series. October 2020.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, “Teachers in the Movement: Reconceptualizing the Role of Education and Legal Activism,” American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Accepted for April 2020.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Derrick P. Alridge, Chenyu Wang, Alexis Johnson, Kristian McCullum, and Hunter Holt, “Oral history, Black Teachers, and the Meaning of Activism,” The Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting. Presented October, 2019.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith and Derrick Alridge, “Teachers in the Movement: What Can we Learn from Them,” Virginia Department of Education Equity Summer Institute. Presented, July 9, 2019.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, “Henry Marsh and the ‘Virginia Way’: Ideology and School Desegregation in Virginia, 1960-1970,” History of Education Society Annual Meeting 2018. Presented, November 1, 2018.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, “Book Session on Derrick Alridge’s The Educational Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Intellectual History” History of Education Society Annual Meeting 2018. Presented, November 2, 2018.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, "Oral History Workshop," Teachers in the Movement Summer Teachers Institute 2018. Presented, June 26, 2018.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith and Derrick P. Alridge, “Oral History and Teachers in the Movement,” National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Annual Summer Program 2018. Presented, June 12, 2017.

Danielle Wingfield-Smith, Alex Hyres, and Lindsey Jones, “Deconstructing J.L.M. Curry,” University of Virginia, Curry School of Education Faculty Meeting. Presented April 21, 2017.