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Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith


Professor Smith brings to the Carleton College Environmental Studies program a background in political theory, American political institutions and policy, and law.  She currently teaches courses in environmental ethics, environmental justice, environmental law and policy, and constitutional law. Her first book, The Dominion of Voice: Riot, Reason and Romance in Antebellum Politics (University Press of Kansas, 1999) was awarded the 2001 Merle Curti Intellectual History Award by the Organization of American Historians.  African American Environmental Thought: Foundations, published by University Press of Kansas in Spring 2007, and named “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice Magazine in 2008.   Her other titles include Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Tradition: A Common Grace (University Press of Kansas, 2003), Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Exploring Environmental Ethics (Springer, 2018).  She has published articles in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Women's Studies, Environmental Values, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics and Environmental Ethics, and the Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. Professor Smith is a founding member and past president of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Education & Professional History

University of Michigan, AB; University of California (Berkeley), JD; University of Michigan, PhD.

At Carleton since 1999.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Recent scholarly activities include editing a symposium on American environmental politics in historical perspective, for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (vol. 8(2): 195-196 (2018)).  Professor Smith's current research on the Progressive-Era conservation movement will be published by University Press of Kansas in Fall 2019, under the title The Conservation Constitution: The Conservation Movement and Constitutional Change, 1870-1930.   

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences; Western Political Science Association; Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative

Courses Taught This Year

  • ENTS 110: Environment and Society (Spring 2019)
  • POSC 212: Environmental Justice (Spring 2019)
  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics (Fall 2019)
  • POSC 272: Constitutional Law II (Fall 2019)
  • ENTS 310: Topics in Environmental Law and Policy (Winter 2020)
  • POSC 212: Environmental Justice (Winter 2020)
  • POSC 314: Constitutional Convention 2020 (Spring 2020)
Profile updated October 5, 2019

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