ROGERS M. SMITH
Rogers M. Smith
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1980
Curriculum Vitae (.pdf) (.doc)
Chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Executive Committee (2008-2009 Workshop Series Schedule)
Elected as an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow in 2004.
Professor Smith centers his research on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory, with special interests in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender.
Areas of Interest
• Public Law
• American Political Thought
• Political Theory
"Religious Rhetoric and the Ethics of Public Discourse: The Case of George W. Bush," Political Theory 36: 1-29 (2008).
"The Politics of Rights, Then and Now," in The Nature of Rights at the American Founding and Beyond, ed. Barry Shain (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2007), 303-323.
"Law's Races," in Identities, Affiliations, and Allegiances, ed. Seyla Benhabib, Ian Shapiro, and Danilo Petranovic (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 362-385.
"Amar's Constitution: A Biopsy," Syracuse Law Review 57: 341-355 (2007).
"Alien Rights, Citizen Rights, and the Politics of Restriction," in Debating Immigration, ed. Carol M. Swain. (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 114-126.
"What if God Was One of Us? The Challenges of Studying Foundational Political Concepts," in Nature and History in American Political Development: A Debate, James W. Ceaser with Jack N. Rakove, Nancy L. Rosenblum, and Rogers M. Smith (Harvard University Press, 2006), pp. 143-168.
"Which Comes First, the Ideas or the Institutions?" in Rethinking Political Institutions: The Art of the State, ed. Ian Shapiro, Stephen Skowronek, and Daniel Galvin (New York University Press, 2006), pp. 91-113.
"Racial Orders in American Political Development" (with Desmond S. King), American Political Science Review 99: 75-92 (2005). Reprinted in Race and American Political Development, ed. Joseph Lowndes, Julie Novokov, and Dorian Warren (Routledge Press, forthcoming 2008).
"Identities, Interests, and the Future of Political Science," Perspectives on Politics 2: 301-312 (2004). Also published in modified form as "The Politics of Identities and the Tasks of Political Science," in Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics, ed. Ian Shapiro, Rogers Smith, and Tarek Masoud (Cambridge University Press 2004), pp. 42-66.