Brian A Smith

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Associate Professor, Political Science and Law

Dickson Hall 250
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973 655-4251
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B.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002

M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University, 2005

Ph.D., Government, Georgetown University, 2008

Dr. Brian Smith completed his doctorate in Government at Georgetown in July 2008, and his research and teaching interests focus on the history of political thought and international affairs. In the 2008-9 year, he served as the Jack Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Dr. Smith?s 2006 Interpretation article on Adam Smith won the 2007 Templeton Enterprise Award for the best article published on the culture of enterprise by a scholar under the age of 40 in the previous year. He attended Moorpark College from 1998-2000, earned his B.A. in History with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002, and in 2005 was awarded the M.A. in Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.


History of Political Thought
International Relations


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Adam Smith, the Concept of Leisure, and the Division of Labor

Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2006), pp. 23-46

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The Rift in the Modern Mind: Tocqueville and Percy on the Rise of the Cartesian Self

Co-authored with Matthew Sitman, Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Winter 2007), pp. 15-22. Republished in Democracy Reconsidered, ed. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch and Peter Augustine Lawler (Lexington Books, 2009), pp. 101-117

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Democracy in America and the Possibilities for Law without the State

The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 2007), pp. 21-44

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Edmund Burke, the Warren Hastings Trial, and the Moral Dimension of Corruption

Polity, Vol. 40, No. 1 (January 2008), pp. 70-94

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Adam Smith and the Culture of Enterprise

Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Fall 2008), pp. 200-205

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Statesmanship and the Problem of Theoretical Generalization

Co-authored with J. Furman Daniel III, Polity, Vol. 42, No. 2 (April 2010), pp. 156-184

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Smith and Tocqueville on the Commercial Ethos

Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 29-44

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Losing Sight of Man: Tocqueville and Percy on the Fate of the Human Sciences

Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 40, No. 3 (July-September 2011), pp. 140-146

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