- B.A. History and Philosophy University of Wisconsin, 1984
- Ph.D. History University of Michigan, 1994
- Daniel L. Smail, Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe (Harv. Univ. Press 2016).
- Daniel L. Smail, On Deep History and the Brain (U. Cal. Press 2008).
- Daniel L. Smail, The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 ((Cornell Univ. Press 2003).