Raymond Smith

Assistant Director, Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program

Raymond Smith,  Ph.D., LL.M., joined the Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program in 2018 as its Assistant Director after spending more than 20 years in New York City, where he was on the adjunct political science faculties at Columbia and NYU. He continues to be an adjunct associate professor with the NYU Center for Global Affairs, most recently teaching an online course on “Global LGBT Rights.”  At UA, he also teaches in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) and in the Program in Human Rights Practice.

Dr. Smith recently completed writing a book entitled Extending International Human Rights Protections to Vulnerable Populations (Routledge, 2019). His prior books in the field of political science include The American Anomaly (Routledge 4th Edition, 2019), Importing Democracy (Praeger, 2010), and The Politics of Sexuality: Primary Documents with Commentary (Greenwood, 2010). Through his affiliation as a Senior Fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington DC, Dr. Smith's political commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, Huffington Post, Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast, Washington Monthly, and The New York Times Op-Ed page.

Dr. Smith has worked extensively on the international HIV/AIDS epidemic, including as a researcher and administrator at the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the Columbia University Medical Center and as associate director of a fellowship program for emerging community leaders in South Africa.  He was also the research director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) in Washington DC. Dr. Smith is the author, co-author, or editor of a number of HIV/AIDS-related books, including  Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues. (3 volume multi-author bookset, Praeger 2013); Drugs Into Bodies: Global AIDS Treatment Activism(Praeger, 2006); and the first-ever Encyclopedia of AIDS: A Social, Political, Cultural, and Scientific Record of the HIV Epidemic Penguin, 2001). 

In 2017, Dr. Smith completed an LL.M. (master of laws) in international human rights law at the University of Essex in the UK. At Essex, his work included a project to enhance the capacity of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to engage with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council.