Brian Smith, Ph.D.
Course/Subject Area: Religious Studies
Brian Smith holds advanced degrees in Political Science (Ph.D. Yale, 1979), Religion (Master of Divinity, Woodstock College, 1970) and Ethics (Master in Sacred Theology, Union Theological Seminary, 1971). He has done research in Latin America, including Chile and Colombia, on religion and politics and the role of non-governmental organizations in socioeconomic development. He has taught briefly at Fordham University and Georgetown University and for seven years in the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980 – 1987).
He was a member of the Jesuit Order in the Catholic Church for 21 years and served as a priest for nine years, including one year in Chile (1975).