Brian A Smith
M.A., Security Studies, Georgetown University, 2005
B.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
I teach a range of courses in political theory and international affairs. My classes tend to follow my research, which focuses on the history of political economy, the relationship between political philosophy and statecraft, and on using literature as a source for political thinking. I recently completed my first book on the novelist and essayist Walker Percy, which is currently under review for publication. My current project deals with what I term civic militarism, the idea that military service and war generate virtues in citizens or benefits for states as a whole.
On sabbatical in Fall 2015.
Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2006), pp. 23-46
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
The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 2007), pp. 21-44
Polity, Vol. 40, No. 1 (January 2008), pp. 70-94
Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Fall 2008), pp. 200-205
Co-authored with J. Furman Daniel III, Polity, Vol. 42, No. 2 (April 2010), pp. 156-184
Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 29-44
Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 40, No. 3 (July-September 2011), pp. 140-146
Anamnesis, Vol. 1, No. 2, (Summer 2012), pp. 5-27.
Co-edited with Peter Augustine Lawler, University Press of Kentucky, Hardcover 2013, Paperback 2014. Includes my article "Walker Percy's Last Man: Love in the Ruins as a Fable of American Decline," pp. 179-206
Co-authored with J. Furman Daniel, III, Journal of International Political Theory, Vol. 11, No. 3 (October 2015), pp. 313-330