Graduated from Ripley High School in 1992. Earned Masters in History and Political Science at Marshall, Doctorate in history at West Virginia University. Taught history in college for 10 years, five of them at Potomac State. Served as Director of Academic Programs for the National Journalism Center in Washington DC for three years. Have presented at the Society of Military History, the Virginia Forum, and elsewhere and have had work published in the Journal of the Alleghenies, Human Events, the State Journal, Jackson View, Town Hall, Daily Caller, and Gate House Media newspapers. I currently am Eastern Panhandle Director for Congressman Alex Mooney based in Martinsburg. Dr. Smoot is married, has two children, and lives in Keyser.