Tony Smith

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16 Brimmer Street
Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617.277.4429
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Cornelia M. Jackson Professor Emeritus

International and Comparative Politics

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971

I have published books on ethnic groups and American foreign policy, on British, American, and French imperialism, and on communist theories of state legitimacy in the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba.

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Texas, received a Masters from the Fletcher School, and a doctorate in government from Harvard University. I am currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies. I have been at Tufts since time immemorial and find it a great institution for work in the social sciences.

Major Publications

  • Why Wilson Matters: The Origins of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today, Princeton University Press, 2017
  • America's Mission: The United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy, Princeton University Press, 1993, expanded version 2012
  • Foreign Attachments: The Power of Ethnic Groups in the Making of American Foreign Policy, Harvard University Press,2000.
  • A Pact with the Devil: Washington's Bid for World Supremacy and the Betrayal of the American Promise, Routledge, 2007
  • Thinking Like a Communist: State and Legitimacy in the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba, Norton, 1987
  • The Pattern of Imperialism: The United States, Great Britain and the late Industrializing World since 1815, Cambridge University Press
  • The French Stake in Algeria, 1945-1962, Cornell University Press, 1978

During my years at Tufts, I authored as well over 50 scholarly articles, and was co-author of The Crisis in American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-First Century, Princeton University Press, 2009 with John Ikenberry, Thomas Knock, and Anne-Marie Slaughter. I co-edited, Democracy, Revolution and History: Essays in Honor of Barrington Moore, Jr. (with Theda Skocpol et al.)Cornell University Press,1998. And I edited, The End of European Empire: Decolonization After World War II (anthology, with Introduction, essay, bibliography, and translations by the editor), D.C. Heath, 1975.

Current Research

I am currently studying the origins of "classical realism" from the Weimar Republic in Germany (1920-1932) through the early 1950s in the United States. While a number of realist theorists such as Walter Lippmann and George Kennan are considered, my focus is mainly on Hans Morgenthau, the dominant figure in this new school of thought.