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  • Frederick B Artz Professor of History


  • BA, Oberlin College, 1980
  • MIA, School of International Affairs, Columbia University, 1982
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1990


Leonard V. Smith’s teaching interests include modern Europe, war and society, and French imperialism.

He is the author of The Embattled Self: French Soldiers’ Testimony of the Great War (Cornell University Press, 2007); France and the Great War, 1914-1918, with Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division During World War I (Princeton University Press, 1994).

He also coedited France at War: Vichy and the Historians (Berg, 2000, French edition 2004).

He has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center.

Smith has been a visiting professor at the Mershon Center, Ohio State University in spring 2015; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in January 2012, Claremont McKenna College in fall 2008, as William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow, and at the Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan in fall 2004.

Smith’s next book, Sovereignty at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, will be published by Oxford University Press in April

His most recent publications include "Drawing Borders in the Middle East after the Great War: Political Geography and ‘Subject Peoples'," First World War Studies (2016); and “France, the Great War, and the ‘Return to Experience’,” World War I Centennial Series, Journal of Modern History (2016).