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Basil Smikle Jr., PhD

Basil Smikle, Jr.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Basil Smikle Jr. is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark. He has been a political strategist and policy advisor for almost 20 years with local, national, and international experience. In 2015, Smikle served as the Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party where he was the “second highest-ranking Democrat” in the State, and was a senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her first campaign for Senate and later on her Senate staff. His frequent media appearances highlight his insights into electoral politics and governance.

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  • PhD: Columbia University, Education and Politics (2019)
  • MPA: Columbia University, Urban Policy (1996)
  • BS: Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations (1993)