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Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith

Adjunct Associate Professor

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D., LL.M., is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the NYU School of Professional
Studies and a Senior Fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington DC. He has taught a wide
range of courses in American and comparative politics at NYU and Columbia, and is author of the books
The American Anomaly: U.S. Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective (3rd Ed., 2013) and
Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and
Government (2010). Prof. Smith has also contributed political commentary for publications including
Politico, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, The Hill, and The New York Times. In addition, over the
past two decades, Prof. Smith worked extensively in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the
Columbia University Medical Center, including as Associate Program Director of a fellowship program for
grassroots activists in HIV prevention and gender equity in South Africa and as a founding member of
the Program for the Study of LGBT Health. He co-authored the books Drugs into Bodies: Global AIDS
Treatment Activism (2006) and Gay and Lesbian Americans and Political Participation (2001); edited the
first-ever international Encyclopedia of AIDS (1998) and the three-volume book set Global HIV/AIDS
Politics, Policy, and Activism (2013); and also wrote and edited The Politics of Sexuality in the United
States (2010), a book of primary documents with commentary. Prof. Smith holds an M.A. in
international relations from Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia, and recently completed
an LL.M. in international human rights law at the University of Essex in the U.K.

Currently Teaching

Comparative Political Systems

Gain an overview of comparative political systems while tailoring the course work to target specific countries that are of greatest interest to you.

Gender in International Affairs

Gain a broad, multidisciplinary overview of gender in international affairs, drawing upon examples from international, national, and local contexts.