Rogers Smith

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Rogers Smith (born September 20, 1953) is an American political scientist and author noted for his research and writing on American constitutional and political development and political thought, with a focus on issues of citizenship and racial, gender, and class inequalities.

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Smith graduated with a B.A. in political science from James Madison College, Michigan State University in 1974, including study abroad at the University of Kent in England. He attended graduate school at Harvard University, completing his M.A. in 1978 and his PhD degree in government in 1980. Smith taught at Yale University from 1980 to 2001, when he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

Smith's writings have received numerous awards. Civic Ideals (1997) was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in history, and won several awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Organization of American Historians, and the Social Science History Association.

Smith currently chairs the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism. He was president of the Politics and History section of American Political Science Association (APSA) for 2001–2002 and served on the APSA Council in 2005 and 2006. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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