Rogers Smith

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean for Social Sciences
Suite 300, 3440 Market Street, Room 314
Office Hours: Tuesday 2PM-4PM
898-7662

Professor Smith centers his research on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory, with special interests in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender.  He was elected as an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow in 2004.   

Research Interests: 

Public Law
American Political Thought
Political Theory

Selected Publications: 

Still a House Divided: Race & Politics in Obama's America, (with Desmond S. King), Princeton University Press, 2011.

“Political Science and the Public Sphere in the 21st Century,” Social Science Research Council Essay Series, posted September 1, 2011.

“Equality and Differentiated Citizenship: A Modern Democratic Dilemma in Tocquevillian Perspective,” in The Anxieties of Democracy, ed. Ira Katznelson and Partha Chatterjee (forthcoming, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012).

“Living in a Promiseland? Mexican Immigration and American Obligations” and “Reply to Barvosa, Alarcón, and DeSipio,” Perspectives on Politics 9:545-557, 571-573 (2011).

“Challenging History: Barack Obama and American Racial Politics,” with Desmond S. King and Philip A. Klinkner. Daedalus 140: 1-15 (2011).

“The Constitutionality of 'Attrition through Enforcement,'”
Scotusblog, (July 13, 2011).

"Oligarchies in America? Reflections on Tocqueville's Fears," Journal of Classical Sociology 10: 189-200 (2010).

"From a Shining City on a Hill to a Great Metropolis on a Plain? American Stories of Immigration and Peoplehood," Social Research 77: 21-44 (2010).

"Differentiated Citizenship and the Tasks of Reconstructing the Commercial Republic," Journal of Social Philosophy 41: 214-222 (2010).

"Constitutional Democracies, Coercion, and Obligations to Include," in The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, ed. Jeffrey Tulis and Stephen Macedo (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010), 280-296.

"Understanding the Symbiosis of American Rights and American Racism," in America's Liberal Tradition Reconsidered: The Contested Legacy of Louis Hartz, ed. Mark Hulliung (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2010), 55-89.

"The Strangers in Ourselves: The Rights of Suspect Citizens in the Age of Terrorism," in Law and the Stranger, eds. Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010), 65-95.

Courses Taught: 

Constitutional Law

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Race, Ethnicity, and American Constitutional Politics

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair