Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D.

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Thomas W. Smith is professor of Political Science and director of the Honors Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William & Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He has taught at USFSP since 2000. From 1997-2000 Dr. Smith was an assistant professor of International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul. During the summer of 1999 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He spent the 2007-2008 academic year at Stanford University.

Dr. Smith’s research is focused on human rights, international humanitarian law, and Turkish politics. His latest book, Human Rights and War Through Civilian Eyes, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. In addition, he is the author of History and International Relations (Routledge) as well as articles in International Studies Quarterly, Human Rights Quarterly, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Human Rights, International Politics, International Journal of Human Rights, History of Political Thought, Ethics & International Affairs, and PS: Politics & Political Science, among other venues. His research has been reprinted in translation or in collected volumes. His article “Can Human Rights Build a Better War?” won the Best Faculty-Practitioner Paper Award from the Human Rights section of the International Studies Association.

In 2013, Dr. Smith co-founded the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, now a flagship event on the campus of USFSP with thousands of attendees each year. Dr. Smith currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Korean Studies.


Thomas W. Smith
Professor of Political Science
Honors Program Director
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