Faculty & Staff

Woodruff D. Smith, PhD

Professor Emeritus of History, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Professor Smith's research focuses on modern Germany, imperialism, the history of the social and cultural sciences, and the relationship between economics and culture. He is working on a study of respectability in the 19th century. He teaches courses on 18th- and 19th-century Europe, imperialism and colonialism, globalization, and Atlantic history.


PhD, University of Chicago
BA, Harvard University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Woodruff Smith received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He came to UMass Boston in 1994 after teaching and serving as an administrator at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on topics in the history of imperialism, German history, the history of social and cultural science, African history, economic and cultural history, and the history of higher education. He is currently working on books about the culture of respectability in the modern world and the origins of post-coloniality. He has held NEH, Fulbright, DAAD, and American Philosophical Society fellowships. Professor Smith retired from UMass Boston in 2011.

Professor Smith's CV