Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Smith came to Penn from Yale, where he served as the Alfred Cowles Professor of Government and co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Inequality, and Politics. He began teaching at Yale in 1980 and received the Yale College Prize for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard in 1980.
Smith’s research interests include constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory with special interest in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity, and gender. He has served on the editorial boards of several publications and is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and four books, many of which have won awards. He has received Rockefeller and American Council of Learned Societies fellowships and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.