CU Professor Named Lehrman Fellow

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, director of Cedarville University’s Center for Political Studies, has been named an academic fellow by the Lehrman American Studies Center.

Smith traveled to Princeton University in June for a two week seminar dedicated to the study of American political principles in practice. The seminar-sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute which involved more than 25 distinguished faculty from around the country-was led by professors from Amherst, Harvard, Notre Dame, Princeton, Yale and the University of Virginia.

“The seminar’s topics covered natural law, church/state relations, political economy, republicanism, The Federalist Papers and many others,” said Smith. “The goal of the center is to encourage young faculty to explore these themes and topics in their teaching and scholarship.”

Along with serving as the director of Cedarville University’s Center for Political Studies, Smith serves as an assistant professor of political science. His primary research interest is in the field of religion and American politics. Smith teaches courses in American politics, constitutional law and research methodology/data analysis. He has authored numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters and other publications. Smith often lends his commentary to the media on key political topics. Smith received his B.A. in history from Bryan College (1992), an M.A. in the history of Christianity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1995), and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in political science from the University of Georgia. Before arriving at Cedarville in 2004, he taught at Tulane University and Calvin College.