Raymond SmithAdjunct Associate Professor
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D., 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 has worked extensively in the fields of HIV/AIDS and LGBT health at the Columbia University Medical Center and with other organizations. 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 is currently completing an LL.M. in international human rights law at the University of Essex in the U.K.
This course will cover the current conditions facing multiple minority groups and other vulnerable populations worldwide, including in the US.
Explore how studying other democracies can shed light on the troubled present—and possible future—of American politics and government.