Brian Smith

  Brian Smith



  • A.B. in History and Classical Culture, Fordham University
  • M.A. in Political Science, Columbia University
  • M.Div. in Theology, Woodstock College
  • S.T.M. in Sacred Theology and Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Yale University


Current Courses Taught

  • REL 221  Comparative World Religions
  • REL 231  History of Christian Theology and Ethics
  • REL 321  Ethics and International Affairs
  • REL 322  Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspectives
  • REL 332  Comparative Religious Ethics
  • REL 442  The Problem of God in Comparative Perspective
  • REL 451, 452   Year -Long Senior Seminar




Awards and Honors

  • Faculty/Staff Mentor award for promoting in and out of classroom learning experiences, 2012
  • May Bumby Severy Award for Teaching Excellence, Ripon College, 1997 and 2003
  • First Place Award for Professional Books, The Catholic Press Association, (The Catholic Church and Democracy in Chili and Peru), 1998
  • Summer Research Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1995
  • Research Grant, U.S. Institute for Peace, 1990-91
  • Senior Class Teaching Award, Ripon College, 1990 and 2005



Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Brian H. Smith, “Los obispos y el golpe, años 1973-1975,” Mensaje (Chile) 622 (Septiembre 2013): 21-26. (article on the reaction of the Chilean Catholic bishops to the military coup of 1973, published in the Chilean Jesuit magazine, Mensaje, in an issue commemorating the 40th anniversary of military intervention in September 1973.
  • “Teaching the Devout Student: Faith and Scholarship in the Classroom,” Teaching Theology and Religion 16, 2(April 2013):132 – 149.
  • Brian H. Smith, “Religion, Politics, and the State in a Stepaneque Perspective,” in Problems Confronting Contemporary Democracies: Essays in Honor of Alfred Stepan, eds. Douglas Chalmers and Scott Mainwaring. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012, pp. 339-80)
  • Book review of Paul Freston, Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2001) in “Political Science Quarterly,” Winter 2003
  • Religious Politics in Latin America, Pentacostal vs. Catholic, 1998
  • The Catholic Church and Democracy in Chili and Peru, 1997
  • More Than Altruism: The Politics of Private Foreign Aid, 1990
  • The Church and Politics in Chile: Challenges to Modern Catholicism, 1982




Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion (AAR)
American Academy of Religion Midwest Conference (MAAR)


Areas of Interest

  • Comparative religions
  • Comparative religious ethics
  • Religion and politics in global perspective
  • International charities
  • Religion in Latin America