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Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith


Professor Smith is trained in political theory, American political institutions and policy, and constitutional law, but her research and teaching focuses mostly on environmental studies.  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 articles published 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

Professor Smith's book, Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State, was featured at New York University's Animal Studies Initiative workshop on Political Theory and Animals (Feb 8, 2013).  She served as Program Chair for the 2014 AESS Annual Meeting at Pace University in New York City.  In 2014, Professor Smith became Series Editor for the University Press of Kansas Series in Environment and Society.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

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

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Profile updated June 5, 2017

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