Faculty & Staff

R. Malcolm Smuts, PhD

Professor Emeritus of History, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Professor Smuts' research interests are in the court culture of England (1580-1640), the history of London, (1580-1640), and early Stuart politics and political thought. He teaches courses on Tudor-Stuart England and England in the Age of Revolution, 1660-1850.


PhD Princeton University (1976)
BA Yale University (1971)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Malcolm Smuts joined the UMass Boston faculty after receiving a PhD from Princeton in 1976. His scholarly interests have centered around the interplay between politics and political culture in England in the late Tudor and Stuart periods. In studying this topic he has sought to combine a traditional historical methodolgy of research in archival sources with a more interdisciplinary analysis of literature and the visual arts. He has long had a special interest in royal courts, reflected in his first book, Court Culture and the Origins of a Royalist Tradition in England; two edited volumes, The Stuart Court and Europe: Essays in Politics and Political Culture and The Politics of Space: European Courts ca. 1500-1750; and his role in two international organizations: The Society for Court Studies and the Court Studies Forum. In this connection he has played a role in organizing several conferences in locations including Boston, Los Angeles, and London. His current major project involves a study of how the strategic problem of threats of religious violence and instability shaped state formation and political culture in Britain during the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century. In working on this project he has developed an interest in certain facets of Atlantic History, especially in relationship to privateering and cooperation among the Protestant maritime communities of England, France, and the Netherlands. He is also the editor for early modern Britain and Ireland of the electronic journal History Compass.