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 online courses on “Global LGBT Rights” and "Gender in International Affairs." His other courses at Columbia and NYU included "Civil Rights: Race, Gender, and the Law," "Majority Rule and Minority Rights," and "Race and Ethnicity in American Politics." At UA, he also teaches in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP), in the Master's in Development Practice Program, and in the Program in Human Rights Practice, for which he is a member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Smith's most recent book is 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.
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 (with Patricia Siplon, 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 Organization (WHO) to engage with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council. His prior graduate degrees include an M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.